This letter was written by Amy Hadley Sellers (04 August 1836 - 17 June 1883)
to her daughter, Alice as the introductory page of an autograph album which she
had given her daughter as a gift. The page is dated 09 April 1883, less than
two and one-half months before Amy Sellers died.
The text is as follows:
I wish that no flattery may ever desecrate this Album; that no falsehood may darken its whiteness; but that the spirit of truth, light and love may brighten its fair pages; I wish that thou whose name it bears may never know the treachery of friendships or that blight of unreciprocal affection; but with what measure of love thou metes, it shall be measured to thee again. I wish that these leaves, as spotless as thy own true heart may receive only the impress of kindness and benevolence, and that bud of promise may cluster here that shall burst in blossoms of beauty. I wish that in after years when the fingers that traced these lines shall be motionless, and memory and sadness, hand in hand, shall look back to the things that were, these offerings may be a medium by which thy faith may climb to the eternal sphere where reunion shall be and endure forever.
Thy Mother Amy M. Sellers Apr the 9th 1883"
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