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<Washington, D. C.> Feb ?? <188>9
Mrs H. J. Hunt,
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 Genl 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 overÙ their greatest soldier.
No officer in the army was more
Universally and deservedly loved and respected
than was Genl 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
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.