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who for more than half a century was my companion in all my joys, toils and sorrows is an irreparable loss - the more I reflect upon her excellent qualities the more I love her dear memory and I only pray that I may be as well prepared to die as she must have been.  She was less than three days ill of bronchitis, and 30 hours before her departure the Dr. told me she was out of danger.  All the family except poor Catherine were beside her at the last, and saw her sleep away her last sleep in peace and without pain.  It is hard to part with those who are dear to us, but we must recognize the inevitable fact that we must all part, may we for 
 

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