W1046 TO DR. CALVIN BROOKS MCQUESTEN From his aunt Catharine P. Lerned
Dec 23 1874
To: Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten, 213 East 55th St., New York, New York
From: Hopkinton, New Hampshire
My dear Calvin,
Our loved sister Lizzie, youngest to our family, entered her Nursery rest at early dawn, on the morning of Tuesday, 24th Nove. [sic] 1874.1 On Saturday P.M. 28th we laid her in the cold, silent tomb, near our sainted Mother, and returned to our home, so sad so sorrowing that we should see her no more on Earth.
Dear Lizzie, had been an invalid, for more than three years, from partial paralysis of throat and neck. But from this she seemed recovering; also regaining her wonted strength in the summer of 1873 she spent five weeks at Newport; N.Y., returning home much improved in health and countenance. This last Summer, she made two trips to Mass., seeking information as to our ancestry, to enable her to complete the genealogical record of our family. Nove. 15th she returned from a visit--to friends in Concord where she had spent five days in examining books at Historical rooms, &c &c. The morning was cold, and she was chilled by the seven miles ride, though in a covered carriage. On night of 18th she suffered from pain and fainting, for two hours, but was with us at breakfast, and only said she was weak. Saturday she directed a workman in arranging her room for Winter, seeming so sad and quiet, yet uncomplaining as ever. Monday she rested on bed, lounge, or in easy chair, but we felt that she was no better, and would never recover. At 3 1/2 on morning of 24th Nove, as I read the solemn prayer appointed by the Church, she raised her hands towards Heaven, then extended them to her weeping sisters, as if bestowing a parting blessing. Her face suddenly glowed with Heavenly light, and the impressive scene awed grief into silence. At 10 minutes of 4 o' cl. [sic] her pulse ceased to beat. I could but exclaim, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."
Numerous letters of kind sympathy, have been sent us, more than fifty thus far, but words are of no avail at such a time. The blow fell so heavily as death came so unexpectedly, so suddenly to us all.
I sent a line to Mrs. McQuesten mentioning the sad loss of our youngest sister, but have received no reply. Rev. & Mrs. Giddes have written me a kind letter, which reached me this eve. Lizzie, was head and heart of our home, and her place cannot be filled. "Not lost, but gone before", and her spirit in love watches over us.
Hope you are in usual health. We shall be glad to hear from, and see you at any time. You did not reply to a letter I sent you, two years since, but wrote to you Aunt Flanders, who enclosed a little note in my envelope to yourself. If you have engagements, please mail a paper in receit [sic] of this, and write at your leisure. 'Tis near midnight, and must wish you sweet dreams. Sincerely your friend,
Catharine P. Lerned
1 Elizabeth (Lissy) Lerned, the sister of Lucy, Catharine, Hannah and Edward Lerned and half-sister of Louisa (Lerned) McAllaster, Margarette (Lerned) McQuesten and Mary (Lerned) Flanders had died suddenly and without a will. In April of 1875, Lucy Lerned wrote to Dr. Calvin McQuesten detailing the illness and death of Elizabeth and the tight financial situation of the Lerned sisters. What little property and money Elizabeth had was being coveted by Daniel and Mary Flanders. Upset that the well-to-do Flanderses had put in claims for Elizabeths' estate, Lucy had written to Dr. McQuesten for help (W1058). He agreed that the Flanders' claims were unfair and wrote to his son, Dr. Calvin Brooks McQuesten, advising him not to assist the Flanderses (W1067).
In the spring of 1875, Mary Flanders wrote to Calvin Brooks in hopes that he would be sympathetic (W1054, W1064) but it appears that he had adopted his father's stance on the issue and signed a quit claim deed in favour of Lucy, Catherine and Hannah Lerned (W1073, W1081, W1091).