Wednesday May 4th
My dear Juliet
Your very sad letter did not reach me until this morning and was a great shock to both Clara and myself for we had not realised that your dear mother was very ill. We did not think the end was so near.
Please accept our deepest sympathy with you all in your sorrow and our sincere grief at the loss of a very dear and valued friend.
This morning I did hope to bring some flowers down myself but it is so wet that I dare not attempt but have ordered some to be sent to you. Will one of you very kindly place them on the grave for me?
Your loving friend