Columbus April 3rd, 1864
My dear Cousin Mary-
Although my mind was prepared for it by the telegrams received by Dock at Demopolis, the certain announcement of my dear aunt�s death did not reach me until two days ago. Next to the loss of a parent comes the loss of one I loved as I did her. Deeply, truly can I sympathize with my dear cousins in their great affliction. Was she not the best of mothers--was there ever a more perfect exhibition of that blessed relation? Mother! A fountain of love on earth a guide to the heaven of bliss & joy, hereafter. But she is gone. God took her & she is not.