Quincy April 7th 1816
For Several Months past, I little thought my Dear Friend, that I Should have been the Sunium to Sympathise with you; in the affliction you are call’d to Suffer by the Death of your excellent, and beloved partner, and my Friend, & Relative—Whom from his earliest years, I have loved as a Brother; whose Fathers house in my youth; was a home to me; as my Fathers was to him.
Intimately connected, as the Families always have been, his Death is most Sensibly felt by me, and altho’ it can be but a Short time, before I Shall follow him, I feel a Limb Lopt from the Body. and this day is doubly Solemnized to me; by being the anniversary of my dear Sisters Death.
your consolation, my dear Friend, must be, in a contemplation of the many virtues, & of the excellent Life of your departed Husband. and in his happy Emancipation from a world, which had tried him, with many Sufferings—from which like Gold refined from the dross, he has risen purer from the <
May that Same Almighty hand which has upon former occasions Sustaind you, Still be your Support, under this most afflicting dispensation; and the Sympathy, and Consolation, your benevolent Heart, has afforded to others, in afflicition be recipocrated <
to your> to your own Bosom.
With you, with the Children, the Brother, and Sisters of my departed Friend—I am a Sincere <
&> / and affectionate Mourner
MHi: Smith-Carter Family Papers.