Transcribed by Gary Carroll -
Letter from Elizabeth Macgowan (1798-1880) to Elizabeth Wood (1816-1860); from Mabey family file at PARO
Thursday 12th April 
My Dear Miss Wood
I was greatly pleased to get your letter. I felt your exerting yourself to write such a proof of your continued affection We were separate in body but I am sure our spirits meet before a throne of Grace and while we there plead for each other the Lord hears and answers our request. While my sympathies were engaged for you other friends have been passing through the deep waters. How little we know who will go first perhaps some who are in good health may be called before you. How are all warned as we know not the day or hourwe may be summoned. Mr. Owen's death has been sudden and I hear of several others.
I was quite well this spring untill the beginning of this month without knowing how I took a cold, but am thankful to say I am quite getting over it. John and William are quite well but all William's children and the two youngest of John's have had the hooping cough from which they are however recovering. Mrs. John has been sent for by her mother who is poorly she and John are at present absent at the head of the Bay. There has been a great deal of sickness this Winter in the Country. I hope Bethia manages to get often with you. I am glad to hear you have such a kind friend and neighbor. May the Lord Bless you and give you entire submission to his will. and sanctify you wholy and give you an abundant entrance into everlasting life. Eliza sends her love to you
Yours truly and affectionately