Location: Mexia Texas
Surname/tag: Death of her husband Houston Garrison Kennedy
Transcribed letter from Lizzie Smedley Kennedy to her parents August 31, 1872
Mexia August 31st 1871
My Dear Father and Mother
My troubles have been very great but I hope that God will give me some grace to (xxx?) all such troubles.
If it is your request that his body should be removed home I would be perfectly willing to gratify his “parents” in any thing they wish.
You spoke of his brother coming after his remains, tell him to come as soon as pos- ible (sp) as in a few weeks I expect to return to Chicago as my brother has gone back
home. I will wait till brother comes. If he comes shortly & as it is your request I will come home with his remains. I will be happy to meet all his people. He was a dear husband to me & he always was so very dear friend. I suppose there would have to be a metallic coffin to carry him & his brothers had better bring on as they could not (xxx?) (got or get?) short of Houston (& on?) Galveston The murderer as not been found yet but we have had some information that we still have a hope of getting him.
I have nothing more of interest I can tell you more about it I will hold myself in readiness to go with brother when ever [p3]
Nothing more I remain your devoted Daughter Lizzie until death.
(signed) Lizzie Kennedy
P.S. There has been no pains spared in trying to get the murderer. They have searched both night and day ever since his death.