Handwritten Copy of a Brief Passage From Washington Irving's The Complete Works of Washington Irving In One Volume: With a Memoir of the Author, 1834, [n.d.].
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"Alas! how little do we appreciate a mother's tenderness while living! how heedless are we in youth of all her anxieties and kindness! But when she is dead and gone; when the cares and coldness of the world come withering to our hearts; when we find how hard it is to find true sympathy;—how few love us for ourselves; how few will befriend us in our misfortunes—then it is that we think of the mother we have lost."
From: "Tales of a Traveller: Grave Reflections of a Disappointed Man." paragraph 5, p. 540 IN: Irving, Washington, 1783-1859. The Complete Works of Washington Irving In One Volume: With a Memoir of the Author. Paris: Baudry's European Library, 1834.