‘Old Aunt Syd’ to Charles in Quatsino – 2nd October 1929

December 27th, 2015

Wednesday October 2nd 1929
21 Dartmouth Square, Dublin, Ireland

Dear Charlie,
Today a letter from Bertie tells me that “The Times” of September 28th announces the death of “Patricia Bland” aged 16. Bertie expresses his grief at seeing this, and I cannot tell how very, very, sorry I am too. I feel deep sympathy with you and Lily in the loss of such a dear sweet girl.

Of course we know as yet only the bare fact – or whether it was from illness, or an accident – but it must be a terrible blow to you both. Wont you send me a letter, when you feel able, and tell me how you lost your darling and how you and Lily are now ?

I have always had a hope sometime or other, I might see for myself the bright sweet face I have known only by photos; a vanquished hope for this life – but my own time cannot be far off now, as I was 90 on my last birthday in July – but for you and Lily my heart is very sore and I can only ask God to be a very present help in this time of trouble, and to comfort you both as only He can – Your dear Pat’s little playfellow will miss her sorely too.

With love and sorrowful sympathy,
You affectionate Aunt Sydney, Franks.

“God is Love. He doth not afflict willingly”

"Old Aunt Syd" in Dublin to Charles in Quatsino2nd October 1929

“Old Aunt Syd” in Dublin to Charles in Quatsino
2nd October 1929

Sydney Franks was a sister of Emma Frances Franks who was Charles Loftus Bland’s mother. The Franks family had seven girls and five boys.


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