The Writings of Carl Schurz/From Thomas F. Bayard, June 28th, 1880

Wilmington, Del., June 28, 1880.

My dear Schurz: Thank you kindly for your note of sympathy and friendship. My father passed from life as peacefully and painlessly as ever is man's lot. Ever since I saw the signs of his mental decay I have looked upon his death as a welcome release, but there is a pang in the long parting that nature inflicts, and I feel it sensibly.

From some cause, the note you wrote on the 15th has just reached me. I must go down to Washington in a week to gather up some matters I abandoned in haste to go to my father's bedside, and then I hope to take your hand. Ever sincerely yours.