Mary W. Capers, at Camden, South Carolina, to Elizabeth R. Braxton. 1866 April 17

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            Camden S.C. April 17th 1866


"The evening sun hath gently kissed,

a silent, soft, good-bye", & I have been

sitting in the twilight shadows, musing,

of my idolized Brother & Sister: one a

happy spirit in the realms on high, the

other a loved inmate of her beautiful

Virginia home: Methought I saw you

standing alone & with upward gaze;

trying (as I have been) to pierce through

the cloud, dividing us from spirit land,

& as the fast gathering tears, tributes of

love to his memory, roll slowly & silently

down your cheeks, I long to kiss them

all away & whisper what I feel : In vain

were all my efforts "to win some token

of my Brother's love, from those far off

mysterious worlds above", & my heart

yearned so for his presence, it almost

seemed bursting from its tenement of clay,