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miss me who am near as Aunt can be to mother. She will not let any plan for home going talked of. Her affliction came so suddenly-lightening from a summer sky-it may be long before she can gain health and motive [motion?] again. The two fine children will be the means, I trust of bringing her once more to cheerfulness. Sully's death was a great shock many friends. In Minnie's family, he had been dearly loved. His illness-pneumonia-was very short. I knew nothing of it till the telegram & letters were sent to bring news of his death. In that same mornings mail came your kind letter & very acceptable book which would otherwise have been answered directly. Minnie's urgent dispatch to