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Letters): Sympathy Letters to George Whitney, Jr. After the Death of his Son, Robert Whitney
New York City, New York / New Jersey 1953 - A collection of 164 sympathy letters from 1952-1953 to George Whitney, Jr. and his wife in condolences on the recent death of their son, Robert Whitney. The letters have been hole-punched and affixed together at the tops by two brads, otherwise all items are fine with clear handwritten or typed text.George Whitney, Jr. worked at Morgan Bank for J.P. Morgan & Co. and on Friday December 19th 1952 Robert Whitney, his son, was killed in an accident. The letters do not go in depth to what this accident was. Most of the letters speak fondly of Robert Whitney and that he will be missed greatly, "Please accept my dearest feelings of sympathy in your tragic loss," and "I heard about you son's accident. My sincerest sympathies to you and your wife". Many of the people writing to George Whitney, Jr. were colleagues and close friends. Some of these people include J. P. Morgan, Jr. (who took over his father's business and bank after his passing); Alfred P. Sloan (a long-time President, Chairman, and CEO of General Motors Corporation); Paul Codman Cabot (Chairman of the State Street Investment Corporation and Treasurer of Harvard University); Warren Murray Robbins (an American art collector whose collection led to the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution); Bernard M. Baruch (an American financier, philanthropist, and political consultant who devoted his time toward advising U.S. Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt); and Clarence Douglas Dillon (an American diplomat and politician as the U.S. Ambassador to France and as the 57th Secretary of the Treasury and also a member of the Executive Committee of the National Security Council during the Cuban missile crisis). Other notable contributors include; F.A.O. Schwarz, Jr., John Lyon Collyer, Gerald M. Campbell, Vernon Munroe Jr., Jean Boyer, and William L. Clayton. Most of the others were prominent in business or socially. An extensive collection of letters in sympathy to an influential businessman after losing his son in the early 1950s exhibiting in some ways the insularity and close-knit social circles of the period.
      [Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA]
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