Salt Lake City Aug 7th/71 [Monday 7 Aug 1871]

Mrs. Elisabeth R. Snow [Elizabeth Rebecca Ashby Snow]

My kind and Dearly beloved wife

The Sudden and unexpected Demise of Our Beloved Brother Briant Stringham [Bryant Stringham] was like a clapp [clap] of Thunder upon us all. He went to the Pasture to attend to business on the morning of the 26th ult [ultimate Wednesday 26 Jul 1871] and before night sent for Susan to come down and take care of him. At first it was thought to be only a violent cold coming alternate chills and fever combined that ordinery [ordinary] treatment would soon remove. Dr [Doctor] Murphy attended him, the elders administered His mother and all his wives visited him and in turn waited upon him. On my return from Ogden Bro. George Q. Cannon & myself went down to see him. On Thursday [27 Jul 1871] found Susan, Martha & Harriet and the Doctor all there and seemed very sick and nervous yet all said he was better and after administering to him Twice and remaining a couple of house [hours] we left him feeling better and all thinking he would recover and Martha came home with me. But during the night he grew worse and Died at five the following morning [Friday 28 Jul 1871] and turned black within an hour or two after. Twas [It was] evedently [evidently] Congestive chills that caused his death. He was packed in Ice and early Saturday morning [29 Jul 1871] was brought to town on a Rail Car and funeral services in the 13th Ward Assembly rooms was held at 10 A.M. attended by The Presidency and a full house and among the mourners were his Father & Mother, 3 Brothers Jerry, George, & Benjamin, all his wives & children and your Brothers Benjamin, Richard and William with their families, The remains were followed to the Cemetary [cemetery] by 25 Carriages. Minerva and I staid [stayed] that night with Harriet who is encient [?] and was well nigh exhausted with waiting upon Briant [Bryant] and the violent shock. Yesterday [Sunday 6 Aug 1871] we visited Mother Stringham. They all now seem recovering a little from the shock. Yesterday [Sunday 6 Aug 1871] I attended the funeral of Anne McIntye. I visited and talked with her two hours before her death. She longed to go, saw & talked with her Bro. Joseph that day. I have Just learned that John Larson Died