Letter: from Sir Frederick Peel to Francis Joseph Faithfull

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My dear sir,

I have had to be reminded that a Being of infinite Benevolence[disposes] and controls the order of events and of so called accidents, and can convert into Good what appears to be an awful and overwhelming calamity. For it is hard to submit without a murmur to such a dispensation of Providence as that which has taken away the life of my dear father. But I know that Strength and Comfort are promised from above to those who seek for them in faith, and I thankfully acknowledge your kindness in directing me to the only source of Consolation which those who are under affliction have access to. We are all bound as you justly observe to me, by strong ties of affection and respect to our dear father, but this is now only the cause of greater Suffering and Sorrow at his removal, because the Warmth of our affection is the measure of the loss in love sustained. My mother bless with more fortitude than I expected her great and sudden bereavement. I will not fail to Communicate to her your kind expressions of ___ and condolence. My Brothers ___ ____ myself had intended to have paid you a visit for a few hours the other day on the anniversary of your Birthday,____ that when we were [under] your roof you were in the ____ _____ your friends together on that day. With my kind regards to your family

Believe me ever faithfully from Frederick Peel.

Written at Whitehall Gardens.