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22 May 2007
[HARRISON, William Henry]. TODD, C. S., President Harrison's Secretary. Autograph letter signed ("C. S. Todd") to Thomas Robson, President's Mansion, 1 April 1841. 1 page, 12mo, address leaf expertly repaired.
A SHORT BUT OMINOUS NOTE FROM HARRISON'S DEATH BED. "Friend Robson," Todd writes, "The Physicians do not allow any visits to the President. It is not practicable, therefore, to see him today." The end came just three days later, on 4 April 1841. Harrison died from the pneumonia that wracked his body ever since the rain-soaked Inauguration Day of 4 March. Ironically, Harrison's insistence on seeing visitors and listening to the tedious and tiresome please of office seekers was one of the key factors in keeping him from shaking off his malady. Only now, when it is too late, did the doctors shut him off from visitors. Todd, an aide dating back to Harrison's days in the War of 1812, was present in the White House when the end came, along with a dozen or so men, including the attending physicians, Thomas Milder and Ashton Alexander, as well as Cabinet members Daniel Webster and John J. Crittenden.
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