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Elm Valley Oct. 24th 1839-Thursday Letter to Mr. Edward P. Huntington
We still live, and are all gaining strength, thro' the mercy of our God upon us. There is a breach made upon our number, and we miss at every step our dear Mary, who was so much the life of our family circle. But we may not and we would not wish her back. Our concern must be to finish our work, with our hearts, and thoughts fixed on unseen things, that death also may be gain to us.
I have tho't of you as surrounded by the pestilence, and the destruction; but committing you to the Almighty protector, I endeavor to be quiet, yes and thankful.
Sarah Phelps and Marianne were both very sick yet they the friends were considerably encouraged last week about them, but there seems to have come on a secondary fever with Marianne, which is rather alarming. Your uncle is indeed severely tried. May he and all of us come forth from the furnace seven times purified. 
Mr. Edes' term of preaching at N__ has closed; and William is engaged there for the next Sabbath. I hope you will be able to ride up and hear him, and also see us. Perhaps you will be glad to hear that we [indecipherable] Mary Burgen who will probably help us thro' our heavy work. - In haste most truly yours,
Affectionate mother Elizabeth
 Psalm 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.