The Most Difficult Letter

Though many of us can write a letter with ease, most of us have difficulty composing a condolence letter. I have long kept a supply or sympathy cards to aide me in the task but after reading the article linked below I think in future I will rely less on the card and more on the pen.

The following quote is from a condolence letter from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams on the death of Abigail Adams. A true wordsmith, Jefferson blends sympathy with eloquence as few others could.

“The public papers, my dear friend, announce the fatal event of which your letter of October the 20th had given me ominous foreboding. Tried myself in the school of affliction, by the loss of every form of connection which can rive the human heart, I know well, and feel what you have lost, what you have suffered, are suffering, and have yet to endure. The same trials have taught me that for ills so immeasurable, time and silence are the only medi­cine.” -Thomas Jefferson

I send you now to The Art of Writing a Condolence Letter.

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