Sarah Edwards was not with her beloved husband Jonathan when he died in Princeton, New Jersey, in March 1758. On April 3, she wrote to her daughter Esther:
“What shall I say? A holy and good God has covered us with a dark cloud. O that we may kiss the rod, and lay our hands on our mouths! The Lord has done it. He has made me adore His goodness that we had him so long. But my God lives; and He has my heart. O what a legacy my husband, and your father, has left to us! We are all given to God: and there I am and love to be.
Your ever affectionate mother, Sarah Edwards”