Letter from Frances Hodgkins to Rachel Hodgkins

19 Aug 1895
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19 Aug 1895
Cranmore Lodge Sunday Evening
My darling Mother
What can I say to comfort you in this dreadful trouble. We have just received the telegram and my heart is aching for you and Uncle Sandie. You must not grieve darling, but be your own brave self, and when you come home we will show you how much we love you and how good we shall be to you dear little Mother. I feel as if we could never make your loss up to you. How glad I am you were with her at the last and when I think I shall never see her dear kind face again it comes upon me with a terrible pang what you and Uncle Sandie are feeling.
I am writing to Aunt Mary tonight, in case you will not be able, and I will break it as gently as I can.
Do not worry about anything at home, everything is going on smoothly, all the neighbours have been so kind especially Mrs Cargill who has been in every day.
You will see Father before this letter reaches you, I am so glad to you sent for him, for he feels terribly lonely without you.
Goodnight darling Mother you may be sure we are all thinking and sorrowing with you tonight ever your loving daughter Fanny.
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Cranmore Lodge
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Letters from Frances Hodgkins. Field, Isabel Jane, 1867-1950 : Correspondence of Frances Hodgkins and family / collected by Isabel Field. Ref: MS-Papers-0085-04. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.