Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday's Obituary: Maria Louisa French

Richmond Whig
October 2, 1845

At Green Level, the residence of her mother, in Prince William county, Va., on Sunday the 12th inst., Maria Louisa, youngest daughter of the late William French, Esq., in the 20th year of her age, after a short and painful illness of less than four day.

Nothing that can be said, no power of the pen, can on such an occasion as this, contribute in the least degree to repair the wide breach, which this sudden and painful dispensation, has made in the family and social circle -- cutting off, as it has done, in the bloom of youth, one whose many graces of mind and person, endeared her to all who knew her.  As well might we attempt to "soothe the dull, cold ear of death," as the bitter anguish of the living now; but the writer of this who knew the interesting subject of this notice intimately "from the cradle to the grave" could not forego this melancholy tribute to her memory.  It may be truly said, that she was the beloved idol of her relations and friends, and their bleeding hearts bear the strongest testimony to her worth.


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