Harlan, Shelby Co.
Dec. 30th, 1873, Iowa
Dear Bro. Harlan & little Allen:
When one receives such news as we received from you in your last - they feel
unprepared to offer proper sympathy. Yet sad as it appears at the first at the first thought
there is something to rejoice over: when one believes that the friend has gone to other
friends in a much pleasanter clime where the soul is ever moving on to a better an eternal
life it seems to me that it is better to have a wife in heaven than to have none at all and
live a life of coldness and selfishness all our days. But not withstanding this will be very
lonesome to both of you to thus part for this life with the nearest and dearest of all earthly
friends and one needs where to go to get more than human help to support them through
If you make up your mind that you would like to try some thing more of the west
you and Allen can find a home with us such as it is as long as you wish. Perhaps you
might rent your place and try the plan I spoke of when you were here if it should suit you.
Both of us would be pleased to have you come live with us at least until you get your
plans settled again.
C. N. Greene
[Charles Nelson Greene]