036. Nathaniel Heyward to Mrs. Barnwell -- September 6, 1819

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    Charleston 6th Sept. 1819 My dear Madam I am requested by Mrs. Heyward to reply to your friendly letter of the 2 Sept. from her reluctance to writing-being grateful to you for your sympathies and feeling sensibly the benefits of your consolation in this afflicting bereavement which has befallen us- for which religion and time can only administer to our peace of mind- and to be obtained from no other scource. This is indeed an afflicting stroke to me-So unexpected! My most excellent son- the ornament of my society- my friend and companion! In silence and tears I have to lament his death to the end of my days-Our loss my dear Madam has been mutual, for I well know how much you valued him, and how you partake in our griefs-His memory must be ever dear to you for the Love he bore your excellent and lamented Daughter, and his strong attachments to your family- indeed it was frequently on his lips, and made a large part of his conversations with me. - The wage of Providence are indeed mysterious- to make victims of the Youthful- the innocent, and the Virtuous!- It becomes us to meet this [End Page 1] afflicting stroke with humility and resignation; and I am thankful for the fortitude which has been granted to me in these sorrows- The pecuniary affairs of the Children will be under my direction, and will be present to my mind always- I have the satisfaction to tell you- my grandsons are well at this time. Edward is not a good boy. He is restless and impetuous- Nat is very affectionate and docile- My daughter Ann has recovered from her confinement- Elizabeth is again well from a fever leaving only a pale face- a diligent little scholar- fearless of her lessons- with a quick and retentive memory- I have to assure you of Mrs. Heyward's perfect esteem- and I am My dear Madam respectfully and very sincerely yours Nath. Heyward [End Page 2] [stamp:] CHALSN SC SEP 9 Mrs. Barnwell Beaufort So.Ca. [End Page 3]
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    Charleston 6th Sept. 1819 My dear Madam I am requested by Mrs. Heyward to reply to your friendly letter of the 2 Sept. from her reluctance to writing-being grateful to you for your sympathies and feeling sensibly the benefits of your consolation in this afflicting bereavement which has befallen us- for which religion and time can only administer to our peace of mind- and to be obtained from no other scource. This is indeed an afflicting stroke to me-So unexpected! My most excellent son- the ornament of my society- my friend and companion! In silence and tears I have to lament his death to the end of my days-Our loss my dear Madam has been mutual, for I well know how much you valued him, and how you partake in our griefs-His memory must be ever dear to you for the Love he bore your excellent and lamented Daughter, and his strong attachments to your family- indeed it was frequently on his lips, and made a large part of his conversations with me. - The wage of Providence are indeed mysterious- to make victims of the Youthful- the innocent, and the Virtuous!- It becomes us to meet this [End Page 1] afflicting stroke with humility and resignation; and I am thankful for the fortitude which has been granted to me in these sorrows- The pecuniary affairs of the Children will be under my direction, and will be present to my mind always- I have the satisfaction to tell you- my grandsons are well at this time. Edward is not a good boy. He is restless and impetuous- Nat is very affectionate and docile- My daughter Ann has recovered from her confinement- Elizabeth is again well from a fever leaving only a pale face- a diligent little scholar- fearless of her lessons- with a quick and retentive memory- I have to assure you of Mrs. Heyward's perfect esteem- and I am My dear Madam respectfully and very sincerely yours Nath. Heyward [End Page 2] [stamp:] CHALSN SC SEP 9 Mrs. Barnwell Beaufort So.Ca. [End Page 3]
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    Charleston 6th Sept. 1819 My dear Madam I am requested by Mrs. Heyward to reply to your friendly letter of the 2 Sept. from her reluctance to writing-being grateful to you for your sympathies and feeling sensibly the benefits of your consolation in this afflicting bereavement which has befallen us- for which religion and time can only administer to our peace of mind- and to be obtained from no other scource. This is indeed an afflicting stroke to me-So unexpected! My most excellent son- the ornament of my society- my friend and companion! In silence and tears I have to lament his death to the end of my days-Our loss my dear Madam has been mutual, for I well know how much you valued him, and how you partake in our griefs-His memory must be ever dear to you for the Love he bore your excellent and lamented Daughter, and his strong attachments to your family- indeed it was frequently on his lips, and made a large part of his conversations with me. - The wage of Providence are indeed mysterious- to make victims of the Youthful- the innocent, and the Virtuous!- It becomes us to meet this [End Page 1] afflicting stroke with humility and resignation; and I am thankful for the fortitude which has been granted to me in these sorrows- The pecuniary affairs of the Children will be under my direction, and will be present to my mind always- I have the satisfaction to tell you- my grandsons are well at this time. Edward is not a good boy. He is restless and impetuous- Nat is very affectionate and docile- My daughter Ann has recovered from her confinement- Elizabeth is again well from a fever leaving only a pale face- a diligent little scholar- fearless of her lessons- with a quick and retentive memory- I have to assure you of Mrs. Heyward's perfect esteem- and I am My dear Madam respectfully and very sincerely yours Nath. Heyward [End Page 2] [stamp:] CHALSN SC SEP 9 Mrs. Barnwell Beaufort So.Ca. [End Page 3]
Title:
036. Nathaniel Heyward to Mrs. Barnwell -- September 6, 1819
Creator:
Heyward and Ferguson families, 1806-1923
Date:
1819-09-06
Description:
Letter from Nathaniel Heyward, Sr. to Mary Barnwell, mother-in-law of his son Nathaniel (II), thanking her for her letter of condolence and catching her up on the news of their mutual grandchildren, Edward and Nat. 3p.
Collection:
Heyward and Ferguson Family Papers, 1806-1923
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Heyward family, Heyward, Nathaniel, 1766-1851--Correspondence
Geographic Subject:
Charleston (S.C.)--Social life and customs--19th century
Shelving Locator:
Mss 0092
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
image/jpeg
Digitization Specifications:
700 ppi, 24-bit depth, color, Epson Expression 10000XL scanner, Archival Master is a tiff.
Copyright Status Statement:
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