Letter to Anne (3)
Although a systematic correspondence
was relinquished, there was no diminution, but the reverse, in the solicitude
felt for his children's religious welfare. This was touchingly adduced by the
death of a beloved infant in my own family.
Dunkeld, .April 30, 1842.
"MY VERY DEAR ANNE,
This is a sad privation; and I cannot adequately express how much we all feel for you. I have often marvelled at the forbearance of God, in that though for nearly thirty years a family man, death should for all that time have made no inroad upon my own household; and little did I expect that the first of these visitations was to be on the persons of my grandchildren - you being the nearest and the principal sufferer. May He sustain, and above all, may He sanctify you under it; and superadding the influences of His grace to the good impression which the events of His providence are fitted to awaken..
I am, my very dear Anne, yours most affectionately,
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