To Barrett Potter from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
Rotterdam December 1, 1835
My Dear Sir:
I trust that my last letter to my father has in some measure prepared you for the melancholy intelligence which this will bring to you. Our beloved Mary is no more. She expired on Sunday morning November 29, without pain or suffering, either of body or mind, and with entire resignation to the will of her heavenly Father. Though her sickness was long, yet I could not bring myself to think it dangerous until near its close. Indeed, I did not abandon hope of her recovery till within a very few hours of her dissolution, and to me the blow was so sudden, that I have yet recovered energy enough to write you the particulars of this solemn and mournful event. . . . Thus all the hopes I had so fondly cherished of returning home with my dear Mary in happiness and renovated health have in the providence of God ended in disappointment and sorrow unspeakable. . . .
Quoted in The Letters of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Vol. 1, 1814-1836 (Harvard University Press, 1966).