Letter, 30 July 1837, from Lloyd N. Rogers, Baltimore, to Mary Randolph Custis Lee, Alexandria County, concerning the death of his daughter.
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only serves to tear open the wound which had better be healed - both for my own and for the sake of my children that surround me. Believe me, this is a loss not only to me and my children, but to all her connexions - you would have found in her a few years hence, a friend most dear in your affections, one in whom a heart and mind like yours would have delighted, a relation, in all the points of personal merit to be proud of, and an ornament - but I have done, I will say no more about her. The Almighty Disposes, has ordered far better for her, and no doubt for me also, whatever I, in my weakness might desire; perhaps that I too may cry out and feel, that "it is good for me to have been afflicted." - In the manner of her death I have nothing to report - her senses perfect to the very last moment, and she was perfectly most perfectly resigned then as well as for a long time previous to the approach of death - she died at quarter past 12 on the morning of the 7th of this month - Precious, almost indispensable as she seemed to me to all earthly happiness, I love her too much, to take her back if I could. I think I know myself when I say this. Eleanor returned at the same time with her Sister from Emittsburg [Emmitsburg] and of course is now with me. - Edmund also has been with us for the last two months, so, what there is of us, we were altogether. I sent for him from College a month before the death of his Sister - Eleanor will continue with me. I propose very shortly to go to New York and shall take her with me - [missing] home since, the loss of Hortensia [missing] talks and I am anxious to get along - any where - I shall return in September probably, and will be most happy to make a visit to Arlington and bring Eleanor with me. Make my best regards to your Father and Mother - let me continue to live in your kind remembrance and believe me always most truly and cordially your friend Lloyd N. Rogers Druid Hill July 30th 1837 To/ Mrs M. C. Lee Arlington