Former First Lady Frances Cleveland Reports Ailing Grover Cleveland is "Breaking Up Generally"

December 4, 1901

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Former First Lady Frances Cleveland Reports Ailing Grover Cleveland is "Breaking Up Generally"
Autograph Letter Signed
3 pages | SMC 2018

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      The "P.F." - Pater Familias -  "still has trouble with his gut", wife Frances Folsom Cleveland writes, "& thinks it very strange he does not get strong.  He confided to me this morning that he guessed it was a general breaking up!" The gouty  Former President, it would appear, had a duodenal ulcer - among other things. He died in 1908, from heart failure.
      Bryant, of course, was the physician who diagnosed and treated (with two surgeries) Cleveland's secret oral cancer in the White House; no one involved in its removal spoke a word of it until 1917.

      Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pages, octavo, Princeton, December 4, 1901. To Dr. Joseph D. Bryant.
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