Rocky Mountain. Sept. 3th. 1806
You will before the receit of this have heard of my Great, and irreparable Loss by the Death of your Old friend, my dear Husband Colo. Ch. Senf but the cause of it will be unknowed to You till the perusal of the inclosed Lettre with Speaking the feelings of my Sorrowfull, and wounded heart, and that of a Republican, where they think to have a right, and to Lett it be know’d were their friend’s or theirself are infected in their feelings of honor, and integrity excuse to the Wife of your friend, and the Widow of an honest Veteran whom You have know’d, as a Friend, and particular attached to this Country, if She has gone beyond the bound’s in Speaking her feeling’s—Since the Year Seventy Seven when You were Governeur of the State of Verginien, He faught and bled, for the Good cause of this Country, and He has never Since made himself unworthy in any respect of Your friend Ship, trust, and confidence—
With every wish for Your honor, peace and Contentment, I am with Sentiments of Esteem Sir Your Humble Servant
Gertrude Joan Senf
MoSHi: Bixby Collection.