I last evening received a letter from Mr Willis enclosing your very kind one--God bless you for the interest you have taken in my beloved Eddie--my poor poor Eddie! And to think if I had have been with him I should not have lost him--will you have the kindness to send my darling[']s trunk by express. It contains papers of great importance to the publishers of his works, particularly his lectures--Mr Richmond (at whose house I shall spend this winter) thinks it will come direct and safely--I enclose you two of my dear son[']s letters, and you can judge who has the better right to any thing of his, Rose [Rosalie, Edgar Allan Poe's sister] or myself. God knows how freely I would have sacrificisse [sacrificed] my life for his. Dear dear Eddy, will your heart broken mother never see you more! Oh! Neilson, when my precious Virginia left us to dwell with the angels, I had my Eddie to comfort and console me. But now I am alone! I have the kinddest [sic] best friends of any one in the world, but that is not my dear Eddie. What right has Rose to any thing belonging to him[;] he has not even written to her for more than two
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