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[written in pencil: Charles S. Whitney announcing his father's death Dec. 17 1886]
[Printed letterhead: J. F. Whitney & Co.
15 State Street,
P. O. Box 1793 NEW YORK.
New York,] Dec. 17, 1886.
[Printed:] Cable Address, "WHITNEY,"
Dear Uncle Edward.
I have just telegraphed you the very sad news of fathers sudden death at about eleven oclock this morning. I called at the home at 9 oclock found him in good spirits & apparent good health. he left home about the usual to the tax office to get his recipted bills. & was on his way from there to South Ferry when he called in Mr. Thompson's store. (Cor Henry & Atlantic Sta) when he died. Mr. Thompson said he appeared exhausted, sat down & took a little brandy & seemed better & said there was no need of a doctor. after a few minutes he gently gasped & all was over.They telephoned me & I arrived a few minutes after he expired. Flora came down & went home to break the dreadful news.
Char. S. Whitney
Mr. Thompson was a very old & dear friend of fathers which will be a source of comfort to us all to know he was with him at the last
Whitney, Charles and Wellesley College Archives, "Letter from Charles Whitney, to Edward Whitney, 1886 December 17" (1886). Papers of Anne Whitney (MSS.4): Correspondence. 1330.