Cairo, Egypt: No publisher, 1894. First Edition. Unbound. Octavo (8vo). Very good+ condition. Item #018606
Three page letter, entirely handwritten by Andrew Carnegie and signed by him. The letter, upon which is printed "Shepheard's Hotel PH. Zech Cairo" is dated July 28, 1894 and reads "My Dear Mrs. Childs: It was not till we reached Cairo from the upper Nile that we learnt of the sad, terrible, blow which had fallen upon you- We were completely staggered for the last news we had, stated our lamented friend had recovered, your names had been so often in our mouths since we had the delightful visit. When the cable reported Mr. Childs was ill Mrs. Carnegie + I had wondered whether you would not conclude that a trip to England was not desirable, in that case we hoped to have you + him with us -+ then we felt so sure the Highlands would restore him - as they have restored many - one by one those pass away to whom I have been accustomed from early manhood, to look as models. I was only a boy when I met Childs + Mr. Drexel + since then rarely have I visited Philadelphia without lunching with both. It was such a treat for me to be with them, now Philadelphia seems empty to me. Of all the men I have ever known Mr. Childs was the most good about the greatest number of people. I am sure I never heard one bitter or disparaging word of another ever pass his lips, his sweet generous nature found good in every one -+ there is good in every one, but it requires an exceptional nature to see it. You will be overwhelmed with tributes to your late husband, from rich + poor alike, + all will be genuine expression, for when Mr. Childs passed away from us every one privileged to know him must feel that he has los something out of life - I feel this deeply - I assume you amid all the sympathetic letters received nome will come more truly from the heart than this which tries in vain to tell you how deeply Mrs. Carnegie and myself grieve with you + for you Ever My Dear Lady Your Friend [signed] Andrew Carnegie"