October 18th, 1904.
My dear Mr. Sugden, — “What shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue!” I little thought, nor you either, that my thanks for your most kind condolences to me would be blended with equally sincere condolences with you. We are one in sorrow, one in hope. May God comfort you even more than He has comforted me! The bright rays of light beam thro’ the shadows. She was what she was, and she was spared the ordeal of pain. If we who live after her follow her as she followed Christ, she will not have lived in vain, and will continue to live as a blessed influence. — With deep sympathy, yours very sincerely,
H. Harold Rose.
October 22nd, 1904.
Dear Ald. Sugden, — I am grieved to hear of your great and sudden bereavement, and respectfully offer you my deep sympathy. I have read with interest the accounts of her most useful and beautiful life, and feel that while your sorrow will be greater than that of others, you will also have comfort which all cannot share. Her character appears in a very beautiful light in the touching memoirs I have read. — With kind and sympathetic thoughts of you in your heavy trial, I am, dear Ald. Sugden, yours sincerely,
FOLLIOTT G. SANDFORD.
56, Somerset Road,
October 19th, 1904.
My dear Sir, — The members of the Methodist Free Church, Slaithwaite, desire to express their sincere Christian sympathy with you and your family circle in the loss you have sustained by the death of your daughter, the late Mrs. Brook. They beg to assure you that they will cherish the memory of her high Christian character and her useful life. The district is the poorer for her departure. May I associate myself personally with this expression of sympathy? I pray that you and yours may be consoled by the Father of mercies and God of all comfort. — Believe me, my dear sir, yours very truly,
H. M. Booth (Minister)
Ald. Sugden, Esq.
October 22nd, 1904.
Dear Mr. Sugden, — Will you allow me to express my deep sympathy with you and all your family in the great sorrow which has befallen you in the loss of your daughter? It is impossible to read the account of Mrs. Brook in the paper which has been kindly sent to me without being very deeply touched, and feeling what a terrible loss the whole community among whom she lived have sustained. In one sense all that Mrs. Brook was and the great blessing her life has been to so many must be your greatest consolation, and we can reverently thank God for it all. But I know what a sorrow her loss must be to those nearest and dearest to her, and I trust you will not think I am taking any liberty in writing these few lines to you. — Yours truly,
October 29th, 1904.
Dear Ald. Sugden, — I am writing a line to express the heartfelt sympathy of my wife and self with you and yours at the death of your daughter. I can assure you our thoughts have been constantly with you since we heard. It is indeed one of the most inscrutable of the problems which face us why the best and most useful are so often cut off first. May God comfort and sustain you. — I am ever, yours most sincerely,
John A. Brooke.
Smedley’s Hydropathic Establishment,
October 21st, 1904.
Dear John, — May I offer to you my sincere sympathy in your sore bereavement? I was deeply shocked when I heard of it, and regretted being deprived of the opportunity of paying a last tribute of respect by my absence from home. That you, and all of you, and her widowed husband may be supported by strength from the Most High, is my heartfelt wish. — Yours sincerely,
Jno. Sugden, Esq., J.P.
Delph, October 22nd, 1904.
My dear Friend, — I am very sorry to see the account of the death of your daughter, Mrs. Brook. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Though taken away in the fulness of her usefulness, her life is not to be measured by its length of days, and hers was a life crowded with good deeds. For this we may well be thankful, and be resigned to God’s will. — With kindest regards, yours truly,
F. W. Mallalieu.
Jno. Sugden, Esq.
October 17th, 1904.
Dear John, — This is sad news I hear! Elon joins me in deepest sympathy with you and yours. After all, it is something to know that your sorrows are shared by your friends; and, as fetter after fetter with the present is broken, it makes easier the contemplation of our own dissolution, which approaches silently but surely. Let us resolve to double our efforts for making the world happier than we found it. — Yours most sincerely,
Southwood, Birdhurst Road,
December 7th, 1904.
Dear Mr. Sugden, — I have duly received your letter of the 3rd hist., and regret very much to hear that since I saw you last you have suffered so much, and I sincerely sympathise with you in the loss of your daughter. It is most unfortunate at a time like that through which you have recently been passing, that the dominant party in the Council should deprive you of your aldermanic seat, and their action in doing so is a very sad commentary upon the letters of sympathy and condolence which you received. Your work for the town, especially in relation to its water supply, has been not only useful, but valuable, and I have on several occasions officially acknowledged the same, and I therefore trust that you will soon be restored to the Council as a member, and be enabled to continue that good work. — With kind regards, believe me, yours very truly,
F. C. Lloyd.
John Sugden, Esq., J. P.,
22, Greenhead Road,
At a meeting of the Colne Valley Education Committee, the Chairman moved that a vote of condolence be sent to the relatives of the late Mrs. W. H. Brook. He was sure the Committee would join with him in placing on record their sense of the loss they had sustained. Mrs. Brook’s death had been very sudden and unexpected, and it would prove a serious loss to that neighbourhood in particular. He moved that the Committee express their deep sympathy with Mr. Brook in his irreparable loss. Mr. T. Mallinson seconded. He had known Mrs. Brook for many years. She was a most amiable lady, and well qualified to occupy the position she did on that Committee. She had had a remarkable training for that work, and, very early on, he took the opportunity of asking her if she would accept the position in the event of a lady being required as a member. She did not at once give her consent, but mentioned the matter to her father, and afterwards said she was willing to stand. They had welcomed her amongst them, and the time she had been amongst them had testified to her ability. They were deeply sorry for the family, for their own sakes, and for the sake of that neighbourhood, that she had been so suddenly taken away from them. The motion was passed in silence, all the members standing.
Slaithwaite Notes: Past and Present (1905) by John Sugden