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MS copy, letter from Hugh S Torrens to Robert Grier Torrence. 22.5.81 Dear Bob I write to send the very sad news that my father, Robert George, died on May 12. He had a slight stroke over a year ago from which he made a fine recovery but in April he has a second very severe stroke affecting te left hemisphere which paralysed his right side and more distressing rendered him speechless. He seemed to be making progress but it was no to be maintained and he died last week. He was 77 had had a very good, fulfilled life and after the shock and pain of losing him is over I think we will regard his death as a merciful release from a paralysed, dysphasic existence after his stroke. I am his eldest sin born 20.11.40 and am directly responsible for your making contact as it was I who found your father's very fine book in a London library to my father's great surprise and delight. It was also I who photocopied portions of it without authority!1 I think you should know how very much my father enjoyed your friendship and your letters. His Genealogical work really gave an added dimension to his life and we are all very grateful for your part in this. As a historian myself as well as a scientist here I am determined to continue our family enquiries for the benefit of Robert's grandchildren (2 sons, 1 daughter) if no-one else. The papers you so kindly sent my father are all safe and in my keeping and I await your instructions for their return. My father was for long seeking copies of the books mentioned on pages 30 and 40 of your father's book. If you can track down copies I would be deeply grateful to learn. All my enquiries for my father failed to trace either! But I am used to Torrence family histories being excessively rate. I have often wondered how many copies of your father's book were printed? the copy I found was no 73. I conclude with heartfelt hope that your own and your daughter's health have shown some improvement in the last few months. With kindest regards Hugh Torrens.
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