Ida S. McKinley Autograph Letter Signed to Katherine "Kittie" Endsley Mathews, on her personal monogrammed mourning stationery. Four pages on a bifolium, folded down to 4.75" x 6.5", Canton, Ohio, March 12, 1906. Great personal content revealing her continued grief over the loss of her husband, five years earlier. In part: "Mary's husband returned to Denver on Friday evening. Mary and the baby are to remain until April. I wish you could see how pretty the baby is... I am as well as usual but still as unhappy. Last week I went to the theater on Monday evening I saw 'The Man on the Box' and on Friday evening, 'The Virginian'. I do not take interest in anything anymore but going to the theater occasionally takes my mind off my trouble for a little while." Mrs. McKinley did not have any surviving children, both daughters having died in infancy. Their deaths greatly impacted her health, already fragile, she developed epilepsy. No doubt, she relied heavily on her nieces and extended family members for support; her relationship to niece "Kittie" was particularly close. Ida McKinley died the following year, never recovering from the loss of her husband's death. The letter is gently toned, in near fine condition.

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