My Dear Father and Mother:
Before you get this you will have heard through Miles’s letter to George of our sad loss. Our dear little Claude [age 7] has gone and left us, and we sorely miss him and it was hard to reconcile ourselves to part with him. But still we feel to acknowledge the hand of God in this great affliction, as well as in the many blessings which he has bestowed upon us.
We certainly have much to be thankful for, that we were able to get what he craved while he was sick, which was fruit and milk and such medicines as we thought would be good for him. Br. [Erastus] Snow very kindly sent some dried fruit for him, so that he had all he needed. I feel great satisfaction in the thought that he was laid away very nicely. As it happened, Hannah had a piece of beautiful linen, just enough to make him a pair of pants, waist, and shoes, which together with a pair of nice white stockings and garments and a white ribbon bow at his neck made up his burial clothes. He looked very natural and had such a sweet expression on his dear little face.
I feel from circumstances connected with his sickness that he had to go. His Pa administered to him many times, as well as calling in others of the brethren very often. The little fellow had great faith in this ordinance, often saying, when suffering so intensely, I want Pa to pray for me and sometimes making the same request of me when I was lying by him in the night. He always wanted either his Pa or me to lie down by him as long as he was conscious. He was unconscious most of the time for the last day and night. He suffered intensely the latter part of his illness and had a great many spasms, but still our faith was strong that he would recover. We held on to him until it seemed cruel to do so any longer. It is needless for me to tell you how hard it was to part with him, since you have several times passed through the same ordeal. I cannot tell you how thankful I am that I am here with my dear husband. The trial would have been a much more bitter one without him to comfort and console me. I always prayed earnestly that their lives might all be spared until we should be privileged to be reunited with our loved ones […]
Park [age 4] is much better again. His bloating has entirely gone, but he is quite thin. Hannah is very sick today. She was taken sick while waiting on Claude on Monday night when he was first taken with spasms. She has been some better for two or three days, but is worse again. I do hope she will soon be all right.
When we got home from burying our little boy I found your letter awaiting us, and were very pleased to hear from you. I had felt quite anxious about you.