“Mr. Wm. M. Cooper, of the Cooper Shop Volunteer Refreshment Saloon, and the Committee:
“Dear Sir:- I am under greater obligations to you and your lady Committee, than any others on this earth, God alone excepted, for He is every where. I am a widow with but little of this world’s goods; and have received many favors, but thou hast outdone them all; and on the judgment day I hope my children will rise up and call you blessed. There is but little prospect of my seeing any of you, except the one who has been at my humble cottage, on such an errand of mercy with the law of kindness on his tongue; but do not fail to meet me in heaven, for through grace I am striving to get there. The cords that bind me to earth are being severed, while those that draw me to heaven are strengthening.
Dr Nebinger: thanks to you. God bless you for your faithful efforts to relieve the sufferings of, and restore my dear, my oldest son. May the Great Physician hold you precious in his sight- soul and body, - and when you are removed hence, may it be to the land where inhabitants never say, ‘I am sick!’
Rev. Joseph Perry: you found my boy a disabled soldier in the hospital; you reminded him that he had a soul to save, as well as a body to heal. A thousand thanks to you for it; I prayed God to put in his pathway just such a friend as you. The blessed intelligence, that “he was enabled to say that his trust was in the crucified Saviour, and that we would meet in heaven,” made my heart beat with joy, while it ached with grief. How much I owe you for rendering me this good, God only knows!
Mr. Struthers: you in unison with your lady were friends to the fatherless boy- the stranger among you. The Lord reward you a thousand-fold! To one and all, I return thanks, hearty thanks.
“Yours, under a deep debt of gratitude,
Fannie W. Overton
River Head, L.I., Feb. 24th, 1862