July 3d 1863
James L. Reynolds, Esq.
Sir: I have hoped until now to be at the funeral of your brother, Major General John F. Reynolds, and to testify by my presence something of the high esteem in which I held him as a gentleman and a soldier while he lived, and the profound sorrow I feel at his death.
I know however that he would not have wished me in this hour of peril to neglect the safety of the state he loved so well, and in whose defence [sic] he so willingly died, even to do honor to his memory.
As a General, the whole nation honored and mourns him, but Pennsylvania has reason to cherish with especial pride, alike the noble qualities of character which led him to his high command, and his chivalric courage on the historic battle-field where he closed his life so gloriously.
Your obt. sert.
Gov. A G Curtin
Death of John