From the National Tribune, 8/23/1883, p. 2, c. 2
MISS VAN LEW’S GOOD WORK.
To the Editor NATIONAL TRIBUNE:
I was very much interested in the case of Miss Van Lew in the last TRIBUNE. I was in Richmond and in the same prison with Hon. Alfred Ely and Calvin Huson. Mr. Huson was taken sick and taken to Miss Van Lew’s residence and kindly cared for until he died, on the 14th of October, 1861. So you see Miss Van Lew began early in the war to minister to the Union prisoners. For the kindness above referred to she was brought into disrepute among the rebels, and her subsequent deeds of kindness must have been the cause of still further disruptions among her rebel neighbors; so that, while we admire her for her deeds of kindness, we must also remember at what a cost of social position those little deeds were bestowed.
E. R. REED.