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Simon Wolf, The Presidents I Have Known from 1860-1918
Here Congressman William McKinley, still a “Jr.,”, informs his Jewish friend Simon Wolf, still a Washington bureaucrat, that due to his wife's ill health, the couple will not be attending the wedding of Wolf’s daughter Florence to New York merchant Frederick Gotthold. He sends, in their place, their good wishes.
Ida McKinley was, famously, a chronic invalid. Four years into her marriage to the ever-solicitous “Bill”, she suffered a breakdown with the death of her mother and two infant children. She was, by all accounts, epileptic, and by some accounts, drug-addicted. She survived her husband, however, some six years.
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House of Representatives,
Washington, D. C., June 12- , 1878.
My Dear Mr Wolf:
Mrs McKinley was taken sick this morning and is not able to leave her room, which, much to our regret, will prevent our attending at the marriage of your daughter.
Nothing is left but to send our regrets and congratulations.
Very truly Yours
WM McKINLEY JR
Hon Simon Wolf