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Woodbridge and Backus Families Collection
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Mss 770 1754-1890 B126
Volume 19, folders 1 and 2

The Woodbridge and Backus Collection includes letters to and from a number of women in both families, from the late eighteenth to the late nineteenth century. The letters discuss family news, health, bereavement, divorce, "lady doctors," news of friends, feelings on death and growing older.

In 1873, Juliana Backus wrote a sympathy letter to Frances (Backus?), about the death of a sister:

I truly sympathize with you in your great affliction, having gone through the same sorrowful scene many times, I fully comprehend & mourn with you all in your bereavement. Willingly would I write you a word of comfort if I could, but I too well know how useless it is to talk of comfort where the heart is breaking. Visitors would often come & tell me under similar circumstances, "Oh you must be resigned, everyone has to part from their friends ["] &c. & yet how hard it is to close the eyes of those we love. The kind voice of affection is hushed. The heart which sympathized in our pleasures & pains has ceased to beat, & only God that formed us can pity and relieve.

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