The summer passed away so rapidly, I scarcely realized it was here until it had gone. And now Fall had made its appearance. The Autumn leaves are appearing in gorgeous hues, with breezes sighing ‘Winter comes.’ I always feel sad when Winter comes although it has its pleasures as well as summer.
Ellie, I have just been thinking this evening of ‘the days of the years of my life’ slipping away so imperceptibly — and been wondering who, if anyone has been or ever will be at all benefited by my living in the world. I don’t think any one ever will be.
By the way Ellie I wish most sincerely that you were here this evening, would one not have a happy time, I would love so much to see you and have a good old chat. It seems so hard to communicate all our thoughts by the medium of pen and ink.
Hattie Sloane letter to Ellen Mowrer Miller, October 24, 1868
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