Jane E. Bradford Autograph Album
Upon these pages now so pure and white,
May Friendship its best offerings indite;
A prized memento may each offering be,
Pure and sincere, from sichening Flattery free;
Yes-may the true-_____ here their tribute bring,
Each one a pure a heartfelt offering.
Prized much in Youth, and prized still more in Age,
When your dim eyes shall rest upon each page.
Prized not so much for fine, poetic art,
As for sincerity, and for their soul and heart!
April 14, 1859
Columbia Feby. 20th 1859
To Miss Jane E. Bradford
O what though I’ll _________us
If those we love are nigh
To smorthe browe of Sorrow
And calm in the heavenly sigh
Our loving Smile will banish
The clouds of care and pain (?)
Our loving word will bring us
Joye sunshine back againe
Our best and brightest treasure
Our ______for every pain
Is in the hearts that love us
A linked and golden chain
And with that chain to guard us
A chained and shining ________
O what though ill __________us
I caused ____________ ________.
For Mifs Jane E. Bradford
Trust in Heaven
Dark may sometimes seem our ________grim way,
Yet Gospel Hope can change our Night to Day;
Oft may our souls be towed in grief and sorrow,
Yet Faith apures us of a smiling morrow;
No longer need our souls ‘ mi’d dark______ grope,
For Faith supplies us with the Camp of hope;
Heaven hath a balm for every grief or ill;
It holy truths each aching void can fill;
Faith too, can rob death of its sting and gloom,
And paint a bow of brightnefs o’er the tomb!
For all life’s ills, Heaven hath a healing balm;
Anchored our souls in Christ, we may be calm
E’en mid the wreck of worlds-a sweet ______find
That brings a present hearun unto the human mind.
Then hope in God! Oh’neer distust his love!
Each seeming ill may yet a blefsing prove;
God hath the power of coining good from ill;
Then let us meekly bow before the Father’s sill!
His love is mingled with each gridf or wo,
In love he smiles, though staggering seems the blow.
May 29, 1870
Loasalle Co. Illinois
March 9, 1873
Denver City May 9th 1873 Colorado Teritory
March 9, 1873 Colorado
July 7th 1873
Clinton Co Penna
Sept 8th 73
Jan 27th 1895
Mifs M.L. Furman (?)
Sylvania Pa Jan 27th 1875
Through black be the clouds that often float over us,
Casting dark Shadows in the pathway before us,
Lets never give away to their Shadings in Sorry,
Not allow them to bury our bosoms in gloom,
There’s a sun who’s rays will beam brightly tomorrow,
And flowers, eve long, in that pathway will bloom.
April 12, 1876
Sylvania. Bradford Co. Penna
And your face no more I see.
Remember it was Jennie
Who wrote these lines to thee.
Your loving cousin
Jennie E. Bradford
Aug 18th 1879 Geneva NY
On the back it says; " My New Year’s gift to you." Effie C. Taylor
Lasalle Co Ill.
November 8, 1877
November 2d 1880
shapes our _________,
Rough how _______ as we ________"
Robbly (?) McDowall
July 23d 1877
Aug 11. 1874
Remember a Friend
To Mifs Jane E. Bradford.
By many a word, by many a smile,
Thy young heart Lady may be wou
Than let not words alone beguile
Though breathed in music every one
And let not the smiles that play
In circling wreaths of beauty charm
Neath pleased words and smiles may strong
Dark thoughts to work thee Lady harm
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When wit and geniere (?) tell of love
In passing kindling eloquence
Should o’er they warm affections move
__ drive the sweet emotions thence
For womans hopes and warmest heart
Ane never filled alone by these
Beneath the glow such fires impart
Look ________ for moralities
August 11th 1874
Mary A. Ballard
Alice M. Watkins