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June 20th, 1898
My dear Scott,
Your poor darling Mother asked me to write to you for her & you as near as I can a correct account of dear John's illness & death. It has been such a shock to us all hardly know how I am to commence. Of course you know just now your dear Mother is as nervous as can be. Darling Little Louis is almost in her condition but Dear Lucy bears up & tries all she can to brace them up. She with her broken (p.2) heart is trying so hard to be their comfort & stay. I feel for both you and dear Evelyn. We know words don't express your feelings at being away from your loved ones just now. John & Elwell Maxwell spent the day with your dear Mother last sunday. Dear John was bright & happy all the day. He mentioned to his Mother his ? was a tough place & he intended to ask how long the rush would last & if it would be very long he would give it up to someone else. He spoke of loding 10 lbs. of flesh & was tired all the time. The last words your dear Mother said on Monday as he was leaving was "Now Son if you feel sick at any time give up your job & come home"--he said "he would". On Tuesday night after the last train for Fernandina had left, he was taken very sick with high fever so came in on the first train Wed. morning he walked up to the house & was met by Lucy & your Mother. feeling so badly he immediately threw himself on his bed down stairs but was prevailed upon to go up to your Mother's room seeing how sick he was your Mama thought he would be more comfortable there. Of course she lost no time in calling Dr. Humphrey's who came immediately & at once pronounced him very sick finding him dreadfully congested. Orf course every imaginable means was tried to prevent the congestion reaching the brain but my dear God's will, will be done & we must abide by the inevitable. The Dr. remained with him almost the entire afternoon & at midnight found it necessary to call in Dr. Horsey to assist him also Judge Baker worked faithfully otherwise he would have died the first night. At the break of day he was throught some better. Aunt Sep. & Mrs. Jeffreys came in & nursed faithfully all though his suffering & are still with your dear Mother also. Mrs. Baker & Mrs. Beckom were extremely attentive--Now you must feel as your dear Mother does fully satisfied that every thing that could be possibly done was. Dr. Humphrey's treatment was according to the modern schools and your Mama saw from the treatment he was enacting that no other Drs' could do any better be assured Dr. Humphreys has the respect & esteem of everyone for his untiring and constant attention to dear John. So gentle was he that poor, dear John called him"Papa" but I want you to know that only for a very few moments at a time did he recover his senses during one of those rallings he knew Louis and asked him "How is Cootsy boy?" & then relapsed in a stupor. In the afternoon Dr. H. sent out for Miss Rilla Scott who was fortunately out to her father's & she came in at once & also nursed faithfully to the end. all Friday he was in a semi state and at night rested very quietly until 3 A. M. when he called "Mama" & when she came to him at once he hugged & kissed her & called her "his dearprecious Mama" & in a few moments later he complained of a pain inhis head & from then knew nothinguntil the end which was at noon. Immediately after death, he was attired in his pretty new suit that he was so proud of & had only worn the Sunday before. Of course he made a beautiful corpse & his kind friends changed him with beautiful flowers--which were in abundance. The funeral was at 4:30 PM instead of the morning which time was firstly appointed they found they could keep the body until afternoon & as your dear Mama wished it. Both the Home Guards & Fire Company that he was a member of turned out & in fact most everyone in Fdna. So you will see the greatest honor & respect was shown him. My darling our hearts feeling were with you & dear Evelyn through it all & as you know we regretted your not being present. No dear I well know that ll words of consolation are hollow and meaningless but we pray that the comfort of him who has promised to be with us in trouble be yours.
Envelope has part of a two-cent stamp. Postmark is Fernandina Fla. 7 P.M. Jun 20, 1898
Addressed to: Mr. S. M. Thompson/Robertsdale/Huntingdon Pa.
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Thompson, W. N.