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Apr 7 1881
To: Rev. Thomas Baker Hamilton
From: Thorold Ontario

My Dear Sir, 1

I have to thank you for your kind letter of 31st Much sympathizing with me in my great affliction. Coming as it does from one who knew and respected my parents, it has a very great effect in softening my feelings at this time.

The Lord has indeed laid His hand heavily upon me in taking away my dear sister. She had been ailing I fear for several months before it was developed, but did not complain until the beginning of February, when the disease of the liver appeared. She was put under powerful medical treatment with very light diet, and altho [sic] she appeared to be considerably relieved, she became very weak, and an obstruction of the bowels set in which was the immediate cause of death. The doctors were not at all aware of the latter until within 2 days of her death, so that it came as a great shock to me. You can imagine what a hard parting it was for us both.

Brought up together from children, our feelings & sympathies even very closely interwoven; but He who is too wise to err and know the end from the beginning is the best judge of what is for our good. As He chastens those whom he loves, their afflictions the grievance for a time must work out the peaceable fruits of righteousness to those who are excercised thereby I trust His gracewill be sufficient for me.

My dear Sir, I hope you will remember me at a Throne of Grace. I feel that I need a spirit more submissive to His will, and more spirituality of mind, to be raised above the things of time, which perish with the using.

My dear Sister passed away trusting in the Saviour to whom she gave her heart many years ago. Her remains was to Rev to Kingston & laid beside her mother in the Cemetery where we have a family plot.

Hoping you are keeping in ordinary health and that your remaining days may be full of temporal as well as spiritual blessings until the Master calls you home.
I remain, my dear Sir

Yours Fraternally

W.J.R. Robertson

1 For more information on Rev. Thomas Baker, go to the Home Page, click on Family and then click on Baker's photo.

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