This letter was addressed to R. Avraham Eliyahu Axelrod, an active communal Rabbi in Baltimore.

8 Menachem Av, 5711,

Greetings and blessings,

With sorrow, I heard of the passing of your wife, Rebbitzin Brachah Niesha, ע"ה. May it be G‑d’s will that from now on, you suffer no more grief or sorrow, Heaven forbid. During these days, the mourning that exists from past history will certainly, speedily in our days, be transformed into gladness and happiness. So too, [all] new mourning will be forgotten from the earth because “those who lie in the dust will arise and sing joyous praises.”1

Just now, the kuntreis [entitled] Reshimos al Megillas Eichah from the Tzemach Tzedek was brought from the bindery. Included in it is [also] a maamar from the Rebbe Maharash, a maamar from the Rebbe Rashab, and a maamar from my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe. According to the attributes of G‑d, which are revealed “measure for measure,”2 may it be G‑d’s will that in the merit of your bringing “the luminary of the Torah3 and “the light of the Torah4 to thousands of Jewish homes that there shine for you, in a brilliant manner, actual and revealed good. May you see much nachas from your daughter and from your son, the Rav.

Enclosed are two kuntreisim. You will certainly notify the office how many other copies to send to you.

May it be G‑d’s will that we merit the long-awaited fulfillment of the prophecy:5 “I will transform your mourning into joy,” and these days will be transformed into gladness and celebration. Amen. So may it be His will.

With blessings for proper health and that there be good tidings concerning this.

N.B. Your letter from 3 Tammuz was duly received. You have certainly already received all the receipts [sent you] according to the lists included in that letter.