Before long I will leave this earth. I am trying to stay calm, to talk with you for the first and last time on this paper. I fear you can’t imagine what it’s like, alas. To face this moment and be unable to see you once, to hug you once, to kiss you once ... I am heartbroken. My regret is unending.
–Huang Wen-kung 黃溫恭 (1920–1953), a political prisoner condemned to execution in 1950s Taiwan, writing to his unborn child. The family was told he had killed himself. His daughter finally received her father's letter in 2008, at age 56, after her daughter found it in government archives.
我不久就要和世間永別了。用萬分的努力來鎮靜心腦，來和妳做一次最初而最終的紙上談話吧。我的這心情 恐怕妳不能想像吧！ 嗚呼！臨於此時不能見妳一面，抱妳一回， 吻妳一嘴…………我甚感遺憾！ 長恨不盡！