Nightingale, Florence (1820-1910) Signed Note of Sympathy, 26 September 1889. Single page of wove lined paper, inscribed on one side. To the parents of her friend Elizabeth Holmes. Old folds, toned, mounted on another sheet, fragmentary along folds, but a good candidate for washing and restoration, 8 3/4 x 7 in. [Together with] a printed card in honor and remembrance of Nightingale, with inset photographic portrait of the woman and her home, framed; and a postcard of her home.
"This cross is offered to the sorrowing parents of my dear friend Lizzie Holmes. Accepted as the Good Shepherd's beloved thro' long pain in whom & in her dear Mother dwelt our almighty Father with whom God was always first, & to serve Him & our neighbors for his love their life now carried home in her saviour's arms to joy and peace forever. By the bright waters how now her lot is cast. Joy to the happy soul thy bark hath past the rough sea's foam. How the long yearnings of thy soul are stilled home, home thy peace is won, thy heart is filled. Thou art gone home."
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