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Correspondance of an Emigrant
Letter, August 6th 1872

Dear Uncle,
I write these few lines to let you know that Father is dead. He died last Thusday morning. He died of the dropsy. The doctor said the cause of it was a leakage of the heart. He was complaining a little for about two years. It commenced with faintish turns and would last for about two or three minutes until about six weeks ago when he was taken worse and there was two doctors called in but it was of no avail. They said that they could do nothing for him. His sufferings was great in want of breath until about two weeks before he died. The sickness at the heart and pain in the head begun. He was sensible pretty much. All the time he was well attended to both by relatives and neighbours. He never was left alone neither by night nor day. He spent the most of his time in praying to his Maker. All of his family was around him for three days and three nights before death put an end to his sufferings. There was a very respectable funeral. On front there was two ministers, then followed by six pallbrearers, then the hearse with the corpse, then the relatives and friends, in all there was 33 vehicles and 4 riders. Mother is very much fatigued and is very thankful to say that she had strength enough to attend to him through all his sickness and that he left her in good curcumstances. She has enough to keep her all her life time.
I will draw to a close hoping to  hear from you before long.
Your truly and affectionate,
Robert Good

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