Contributed by Kathleen Haynes      Contact Myrtle Bridges     July 16, 2008

					The Manse
					Fayetteville, NC
Dear Mrs. Ray
	It has been on my mind to write you a note for two weeks, but in the press of other matters 
it has been postponed from day to day. I wanted to express my sympathy for you in the loss of your 
sister. I knew from what you had told me that her death was far from good, but did not realize that 
it was so far … much as now appears to have been the fact.
	Her many sad afflictions must have been a very heavy shock to her system, and the great release 
must have come to her as a very glad relief from her many sorrows.
	What a blessed fact it is that for the child of God death is not the end of life - but only its 
new and grander beginning and that in the Christians home in glory, "there shall be no more death, 
neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain", for "God shall wipe away all tears 
from their eyes", therefore "to depart and be with Christ far better."
	May God comfort you richly in your heavy sorrow, and thus lead you ever nearer to himself. 
	Please remember me to Mrs. Tate's family and express to them my sympathy for them in their deep 
bereavement. Having recently lost my own mother I can appreciate their loss the more truly.
	Please give my love to Don. I hope he is having a pleasant and profitable summer among the hills. 
Tell him the academy has just been painted and looks very nice. The second story of the addition is 
also being completed so that everything will be in good time for the Fall session. I hope he will bring 
some boys back with him in Sept. 
	With kind regards for you both, I am Sincerely your Friend. H. Tucker Graham*
*Henry Tucker Graham (b. 1866 Winchester, VA - d. Jan 8, 1951 Pineville, Mecklenburg Co, NC at home of Rev. H. G. Bedinger) Presbyterian Clergyman
and his wife Lillian Baskerville Graham (b. 1863 VA) lived in Florence, South Carolina on Dargan Street in 1930. Henry T. is bur. Florence City Cemetery.
Henry was son of J. R. Graham and Fannie Bland Tucker Magill. (Ancestry.Com Census - Death Cert. - Bridges)

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