Western Seminary. Oxford
May 10th 1866.
My dear Friend,
Your letter was recieved
many weeks since and I did intend to an-
swer it immediately, but at the commence-
ment of this new term so many things
needed to be done that it has [caret mark] been [above caret mark] neglected
from day to day. But in these last few weeks
I have often thought of you in that time of
glorious victories and wildest joy and especially
when the country was so suddenly thrown into
mourning and the Nation into tears. I can-
not say any thing new upon the great sorrow
which we have all felt so deeply. On that
charming delightful 14th of April we at the
Seminary were rejoicing and in the evening the
building was illuminated and a torch light
procession came out to salute us.
The next morning we looked into town and
saw the flags hanging at halfmast and
heard the bells tolling. Then we knew some
sad calamity must have befallen the country.
Soon a messenger bore us the sad tiding [sad tiding underlined]
that our beloved President [beloved President underlined] was assassinated.
Our feelings [underlined] may better be imagined [underlined] than
described. Our house was draped in mourning,