Heard (Henderson), Josephine D.
March 24, 1890.
MY DEAR FRIEND:
Our mutual friend, Mrs. Higginson , has written me, enclosing a Poem, which gives me credit for much more than I deserve, but for which I thank thee. It is a pleasant gift to express, as thee can, thy thoughts in verse among thy friends and acquaintances In this way poetry is its own great reward--it blesses and is blest.
I am very glad to give the "token" asked for in thy little poem, by signing my name, with every good wish from thy aged friend.
John G. Whittier.
REPLY TO WHITTIER.
April 2d, 1890.
To my Esteemed and Honored Friend:
I now assume the pleasantest duty of my life, that of acknowledging the cordial receipt of your most inestimable favor of recent date.
Cognizant of the weight of years you bear, I will not burden you with a long letter, while my heart out of its fullness dictates to me faster than my fingers are able to trace; but my joy is full ; my gratitude unbounded.
I should certainly have congratulated myself upon being so fortunate as to have obtained even your name from thine own hand, and a letter , such as thee wrote me, freighted with rich advice and kindly recognition is PRICELESS .
God Bless Thee , and may thy passage to the land of the blest be upon a calm sea with zephyrs laden with the perfume of thy noble life's deeds to waft thy spirit's bark onward, and over Jordan.
Josie D. Heard.
Office of the Christian Recorder
Philadelphia April 2nd, 1890.
To Mrs. Josie D. Heard:
Dear Madam --Learning that you are about to publish in book form the Poetic Writings which, from time to time, you have contributed to the Christian Recorder and other journals, and others which have not appeared in print I write to congratulate you, and to say that, as "Snow Bound," "Maud Muller," "Evangeline" and "Miles Standish," are now recited in the Public Schools; so, in the future may be, "To Whittier" and "Retrospect."
Already one of your Poems has been selected from the
, by an
Afro-American youth to be read in a Pennsylvania School, whose teacher and a majority of
whose pupils are white I am
Very Respectfully Yours,
B. J. Lee
London, April 15th, 1890.
Mrs. Josie D. Heard:
I thank you and answer you, that we appreciate most deeply the expression of your sympathy in our great affliction.
Very Truly Yours,
Robert J. Lincoln.
GREAT God accept our gratitude,
For the great gifts on us bestowed--
For raiment, shelter and for food.
Great God, our gratitude we bring,
Accept our humble offering,
For all the gifts on us bestowed,
Thy name be evermore adored.