In April 1912, Esther Hart wrote home about her journey to a new life.
"The sailors say we have had a wonderful passage up to now,'' said Hart, a passenger on the Titanic.
Hours later the ship struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank, killing more than 1,500 people.
Hart survived, and so did the letter, which sold at auction Saturday for about $200,000.
The handwritten note on White Star Line notepaper was tucked inside the pocket of a sheepskin coat Hart's husband Benjamin gave her as he put Esther and their daughter Eva in a lifeboat.
The family had been travelling from England to Canada, where they planned to settle.
The letter includes a postscript from Eva Hart, then aged 7: "Heaps of love and kisses to all from Eva.''
Benjamin Hart was among passengers and crew killed when the ship sank. Esther and Eva were rescued, along with some 700 others.