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Source: The Sunny Side of a Shut-In’s Life
Source type: book
Document type: letter
Document title: “Letter No. LXXXVIII”
Author(s): Ackison, Belle
Publisher: J. S. Ogilvie Publishing Company
Place of publication: New York, New York
Year of publication: 1902
Pagination: 207-10 (excerpt below includes only page 209)

Ackison, Belle. “Letter No. LXXXVIII.” The Sunny Side of a Shut-In’s Life. New York: J. S. Ogilvie Publishing, 1902: pp. 207-10.
McKinley assassination (personal response); William McKinley (death: personal response); Ida McKinley.
Named persons
Jean Ingelow; Ida McKinley; William McKinley.
The letter (below) is dated September 1901 and is addressed to unidentified “Friends.” The author’s mailing address is given as No. 1114 Sherman Avenue, Allegheny, Pa.

From title page: The Sunny Side of a Shut-In’s Life: A Book of Amusing, Interesting and Helpful Letters.


Letter No. LXXXVIII [excerpt]

     Of the shooting of our dear President I cannot and do not talk. It is so perfectly terrible that I just cannot and dare not think of it.
     Yet, did you ever know of a more beautiful death? His death was quite in keeping with his life. He died as he lived.
     Jean Ingelow says, “All of life is not to live, all of death is not to die.”
     My heart aches for Mrs. McKinley.
     How lonely, how desolate she will be without the “Major”—as she liked to speak of her husband. Yet she is a Christian, and her comfort must come from a higher source than earthly consolation.



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