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J. M. Daniel to Isaac Hite, January 5, 1842

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Retrial Jany 5th 1842 My Dear Sir I have just returned from Lewis with sisters letter confirming the melancholy. The heart rending intelligence of your brother's death. Sometime ago we heard of it thro' a notice in the Intelligencer, and have awaited with anxious fears for the arrival of a letter from some of you, still doubting, hoping & praring. We have now received the papers mentioned by sister and sent by Edward, and therefore know nothing of the particular circumstances until informed by his letters. I need not, I am sure, say that our hearts are moved with the truest & warmest sympathy, may that in truth we join in the sorrowing & distressed circle around you. It is a tale of sorrow to excite one's sympathy even for an utter stranger; but we had seen enough of him to understand in some sort, & to appreciate his worth; and besides he was loved, dearly loved by those, who are dear to us, and who love us too. We can picture to our minds, tho but cannot of course by any means realize the horrible shock , the overwhelming grief