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<M. J. FOOTE,>

<Attorney at Law, and Solicitor of Patents>

<No. 1208 F Street, N. W.>

<Washington, D. C.> Feb ?? <188>9

Mrs H. J. Hunt,

Dear Madam

I realize the fact that nothing but

the consolations of the Christian religion,

the faith that looks beyond the present

to a blessed immortality, can give relief and

comfort to those who mourn the loss of

loved ones, still it is proper, and natural,

that friends should offer their condolences

in expression of respect for the deceased

and of sympathy with the living.

In the death of Gen’l Hunt, you

have lost a kind husband, your children

a devoted father and the army one of its truest,

bravest and best officers.

Sixty millions of people are in

The loss of

mourning today over their greatest soldier.

No officer in the army was more

Universally and deservedly loved and respected

 

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than was Gen’l Hunt.

I know that I voice the unan

imous sentiment of the American people

when I assert, that, to his sterling

integrity, his great abilities, and his heroic

services, the country is largely indebted

for the crowning victories of the Army of

the Potomac, during the Rebellion.

His services at Gettysburg were

beyond estimate and entitle him to that

reward which should recompense the

brave, honest soldier, who has done his

whole duty to his country.

His work is done and well done and

a great and free people bring offerings of

love and gratitude to his honored grave.

Personally I loved him as a

father, and I feel honored by his friendship

for myself and family. His kindness

and consideration for the young was a

 

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beautiful characteristic of his life.

I assure you my dear Madam

that nothing but a severe ind(isp)osition

could have prevented me from being

present at his funeral services.

I shall call soon to pay my

respects to you in person.

My wife and children unite with

me in sympathy and kind regards to

you and your family.

Very Respectfully

MJFoote