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April 20, 1872

"Tennie," My True and Noble Sister, I have just read your glorious effort of Friday evening last, and as I cannot clasp hands with you in any more tangible manner, at this time, hasten to do so throught the medium of pen, ink and paper, for I cannot withhold the congratulatory feelings and deep sympathies constantly welling from the depths of my heart and soul for you, in the noble work of reform you are so valiantly stirring to achieve. God grant you strength to continue to thus "fight the good fight" to the end; fearing no opposing ill, for the Angel world are with you, my Sister, and they will prevail while you grow strong and brave for truly—

"They are brave who dare to speak
For the fallen and the weak;
They are brave who calmly choose,
Hatred scoffing and abuse.
Rather than in silence shrink,
From the truth they needs must think.
They are brave who dare to be,
In the right with two or three.

Ever with thee in thy labors for the right, lovingly
Thy Sister, Connie H. Maynard
883 Seneca St., Buffalo, NY

April 2, 1872


A French philosopher has lately brought to light some curious social statistics compiled from the records of eleven years in France, Belgium and Holland, relative to the longevity of married and single men, which furnish fresh proof of the danger of living. It appears that married men between the ages of twenty-five and thirty years are far more apt to live than unmarried men, the ratio of deaths being in their favor as four to ten and a half in every thousand persons. Here is a powerful argument for early marriages if the law of self-preservation becomes their advocate; but a further development of the records shows that at the same age widowers die at the rate of twenty-two in every thousand, being twice as perishable as their unmarried brethren. When the age advances to between thrity and thirty-five years the case is reversed. Married me die at the rate of eleven and single men at the rate of twelve in every thousand. these figures open a wide field for drawing inferences and moral lessons. Evidently dangers edge about the life of man, but the chief and most apparent warning conveyed by the facts of the case is the necessity of a man carefully preserving the life of a wife, if he has one, since her loss increases by about fourfold the imminence of an end to his own career.

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