W3705 TO REV THOMAS BAKER from Mrs. Helen Gorham
Sep 11 1882
To: Rev. Thomas Baker 3 Bold Street, Hamilton, Ontario,
From: Hanover Ville, Ravensdale Road, Stanford Hill, London North
My esteemed Christian Brother
I had just returned from visiting some relatives in Surrey and was intending at once to sit down to answer and thank you for your kind letter and paper when I found there were two papers awaiting me one from you and one from NewMarket- I immediately opneed them, and then found I cannot say to my surprise after the sad statement in your letter of [crossed out].
My dear and love finds increased weaknefs [sic] and suffering that your loved partner and my very dear friend of long intimacy had been calld from her healthy to her heavenly home; for a while it made me feel sad but my better judgement checked my sorrow when I thought of my loved friends happy change from this lonesome of suffering overcome I almost carried her.
As to what pertains to you my dear sir and her dear daughter it must need be very grievous to bear the lofs [sic] of so loving and so beloved a wife and Mother. I beg, of you both to accept of my deepest sympathy in this your sad time of sorrow; when we flee to each other in sorrow. He will have the sacred whisper to go round [sic] "God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble" wherever we are, in in [sic] life or in death in grace or in glory, he will have each to turn from all other to Him and say, "whom have I in heaven but Thee; and on the earth there is none whom I desire besides Him my flesh and heart of faileth but thou art the strength of my heart and my portion forever
I feel truly thankful dear sorrowing friend that you have left to you so dear and loving a daughter as I know dear Mary is and so kind a Son in Law in Mr MacQuesten please give my fond love to dear Mary with heartfelt sympathy to her lot be pleased to wish blessings particular, if her ?? head and heart were [not too fully engaged with numerous little friend , I shall feel and esteem] it a favour if you are able occasionally to let me know of your welfare. My Canadian friends are pafsing [sic] away rapidly, as you say here we have no continuing city non continuing friend- should you and I shall join those loved ones so more to go out what I thought to before event with our loving Saviour, The lord support and comfort your heart under your heavy trial as the earnest prayer of your sincere old friend