To 'Michal’ Williams, widow of Charles Williams
[Written on the day that Williams died, following an operation]
15 May 1945
Dear Mrs Williams,
My heart goes out to you in sympathy, and I can say no more. I share a little in your loss, for in the (far too brief) years since I first met him I had grown to admire and love your husband deeply, and I am more grieved than I can express.
Later, if you find that there is anything in which I might be of service to you and your son, please tell me. Fr. Gervase Mathew is saying Mass at Blackfriars on Saturday at 8 a.m., and I shall serve him; but of course I shall have you all in my prayers immediately and continually: forsuch as they are worth. Forgive this halting note.
Yours very sincerely,
J, R. R. Tolkien.
Letter #99The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien