|Collection||NY Historical Society|
|Dates of Creation||1868/09/26|
|Scope & Content||
East Setauket, L.I.
Sept. 26, 1868
Alden J. Spooner Esqr.
My dear friend,
It is gratifying to hear from you. I thank you for your sympathy. Brother Shepard always esteemed your friendship.
At your request I send you the particulars of his illness. He was slightly indisposed for a few days and on the 10th inst, was suddenly prostrated by Cholera Morbus; he was relieved of that and became quite hopeful. On Saturday 12th, in the evening, dysentery set in which so reduced him that there was no chance for recovery. Still. everything that medical skill, together with the most watchful and devoted care of loving hearts and hands, could do for the alleviation of his sufferings was done by day and night, until the last going out of his immortal spirit on Friday 18th, at 15 minutes to 7 P.M. Brother retained his consciousness and interest in everything to the very last moment, and expressed himself to me and his sister Mrs. Seabury as being perfectly happy. He seemed to be gazing with admiration into the spirit world, and exclaimed "how beautiful." He smiled, "I am coming" motioning with his hand. Then, after remaining in quiet thought a few moments, turned on his right side, drew a few short breaths and expired.
Shepard was as your son Frank states "a most loveable man."
"The old double door" shall be opened when ever you feel inclined to come this way; friends young and old will be pleased to give you a
hearty welcome. My regards [illegible].
I remain as e-,
Wm S. Mount
P.S.As soon as the rainy season is over I am ready to make some sketches from nature. Boarding with farmers gives one an opportunity (owing to early rising) to see the sun rise, which is often more beautiful than the sun setting.