The following is a letter written by Abraham Lincoln. It was dated Nov. 21, 1864 and was sent from the White House in Washington, D.C. It is now displayed on the wall of Brasenose College at Oxford University in England. After reading it (in its original written form) I realized what a difference just the right words can make in somebody’s life- good OR bad. – The Castle Lady
To Mrs. Bixby, Boston, Mass.
I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have had so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
Yours very sincerely and respectfully,
Whatever else has ever been said about President Lincoln over the years, when you read this letter you can see that he was a man of honor, that he understood the meaning of loss of a loved one, and that he appreciated the sacrifices that his countrymen made so that many people- not just in our own country, but the entire world- could be free. Also please note that he did not have any problems with stating his religious beliefs. Being able to express our religious beliefs are a part of our freedoms. Perhaps the most important part of all.
The Castle Lady, with a hug and a kiss ! Up, up and away!