Office of the
Charitable Aid & Hospital Association
Quincy, Ill,
May 14, 1876

Mr. Jos. F. Wilmott –

Dear Sir: An Englishman, about sixty-six years old, named Wm. H. Blackwell, died in our hospital on Friday last. He arrived here on the Tuesday evening previous, very sick with pneumonia. He said he had started for the Black Hills; got as far as Sioux City, and, feeling quite sick, returned and stopped this city. He stated that he spent last winter in England, and returned in March last; said he had formerly lived at Kewaunee, Wis.; said his wife had died during his absence, and that he had no children. I find among his effects a letter from you dated March 20, 1876, addressed to “Mrs. Jane Blackwell, Creswell, Minn.,” inquiring as to the wherabouts of her husband. He was too sick to give much information in reference to himself before his death. Will you please as early as possible, give me such information as you can in reference to the man, and his relatives or friends, that I may be able to communicate with them?

Yours respectfully,
Jas. Woodruff, Sup’t C.A. & H.A.

Source: Kewaunee Enterprise, Kewaunee, Wisconsin, May, 1876