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MVB to Elizabeth Alexander Relfe Linn, 12 June 1836 

My dear friend

Excuse me for intruding upon you in your affliction by an expression of my sympathy in the distressing and irreparable loss you have sustained. Deep & almost past endurance as that affliction is to you it is not I assure you confined to the Doctor & yourself. Jane had made herself so dear to us all, that I could not exaggerate the solicitude which was felt & expressed here by her friends in her fate whist that was doubtful. It has however given us great relief that you have throughout sustained yourself, in the severe trial through which it has pleased Providence to conduct you, in a manner deserving of the highest commendation. Your good husband has, as you might anticipate, shared largely & feelingly in the sympathies of his friends. The President has been particularly attentive to him, & I was happy to see him so far recovered, as to take his place in the Senate yesterday & to hear him make some very sensible & judicious observations. 

Hoping soon to have the great satisfaction of hearing of your health & comparative happiness, 

I am Dear Madam

very truly and

affectionately yours, 




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Source: MoHi The State Historical Society of Missouri
Collection: Lewis Fields Linn Papers (MoSHi)
Series: Series 7 (4 March 1833-3 March 1837)