Dear Sarah, Martha and Peter, Uncle Tom was a good, steadfast and complicated man and it saddens me deeply to know that he is gone from this earth. If only I could have seen him once more, I would have bid him smooth sailing and a loving good-bye. I wanted very much to be with you yesterday, but held back by business commitments I kept you in my thoughts instead. I look forward to connecting with you either there or here in Maine at my place - whichever comes first. Your father was one of the dearest relationships of my life.
Lots of love to you three.