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Letter to Henry Petford in Buffalo, New York from Thomas B. Petford, Jr. in Butte des Morts, announcing the death of their father, Thomas B. Petford, Sr. They had all come from England together, but most of the Petfords had continued on to Wisconsin Territory. [Cover] Mr. Henry Petford Buffalo State of New York Butte des Morts Oct. 26/1850 Dear Brother I have the painful task to inform you of the Death of our father. About 4 months ago he had a swelling of his feet. A short time after he had a substance on the left side of his heart. That broke and he felt some relieved. We had doctors to see him and got the best advice for him we could and every care of him we could. The doctor helped him some and enabled him to live a little longer than he could without their assistance and alleviated his pain some. They said it was utterly impossible for anyone to cure him. His stomach was burnt out by drinking so much. His complaint was something the same as it was in Milwaukee, only his insides were more gone by hard drinking. We kept it from him as much as we could, but it was to no purpose. The last 2 or 3 weeks of his life he could not drink any. He died Friday morning Oct. 25 about past 1 o'clock. Death struck him about 9 o'clock the night before. He was sensible to the last and went off quiet without the least struggle. He got off the bed and sat on the side of the bed and died there in that posture in about 15 minutes. He has been a great sufferer. He will be buried on Monday next the 28th in the graveyard at Oshkosh. Father made his will at Butte des Morts. Hamilton made and had some neighbors to witness it. John nor me do not know what is in it. I was gone to Neenah Mill the day he made it. It was sealed up then. It has not been opened yet, but I think it is all of us share alike. I should have wrote to you sooner, but we did not think he would have died so soon and it would hinder your time and putting you in expense and trouble. John has been at work up the Fox River at a place called Omro. He came back on the Sunday before he died and staid at home since. My wife and the two Johns join me in kind love to you. I remain Your Affectionate Brother Thos. B. Petford [Jr.]
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