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Graham Patterson, President and Publisher

 

Geo. H. Sandison, Vice-President and Managing Editor

 

The Christian Herald

 

Bible House, New York City

 

October 10, 1919

 

Mrs. Charles M. Sheldon

 

Topeka, Kansas.

 

Dear Mrs. Sheldon:

 

Enclosed find our check in payment of your article entitled “Romance in Home Life”, which appeared in our issue of September 6.

 

Very Truly Yours,

 

The Christian Herald

 

EJK

 

Enclosure

 

Check for $10.00

 

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Graham Patterson, President and Publisher

 

Geo. H. Sandison, Vice-President and Managing Editor

 

The Christian Herald

 

Bible House, New York City

 

October 31, 1919

 

Mrs. Charles M. Sheldon

 

Topeka, Kansas.

 

Dear Mrs. Sheldon:

 

Enclosed find our checks in payment of the following articles “Mother Has a Way” ($14.) “First Aid in the Kitchen” ($3.) “The Real Friend” ($5.00) all of which we hope to use shortly. At present we are handicapped in publishing our paper owing to the printer’s strike in this city, but we hope things will readjust themselves shortly.

 

Thanking you for your kindly interest, we remain,

 

Very Truly Yours,

 

The Christian Herald.

 

EJK

 

Enclosures

 

Checks for $14.00 and $8.00

 

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Santa Fe

 

The Ranger

 

Jan. 8. 1939

 

Chicago. 9-10 A.M.

 

Dearie. Just in on time A perfect day. Not a cloud. Too warm for overcoat. Had good sleep and early Breakfast.

 

1. Coffee

1. Toast

1. Prunes

 

Anticipate fine evening. Leave for Bloomington soon from the Alton Station.

 

I love you more than you know.

 

Your Charl.

 

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Santa Fe

 

The Ranger

 

Chicago

 

Jan 8

 

10:30 PM

 

1939

 

Ill.

 

Mrs. Charles M. Sheldon

 

1621 College Avenue

 

Topeka. Kansas.

 

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Ca. Aug. 7, 1943

 

Mrs. Charles M. Sheldon

 

1621 College Avenue

 

Topeka, Kansas

 

Dear Old Friend,

 

Such a [XXXX] greeting from you to [XX] Sheldon

 

He sits up part of the day now after three months illness

 

They have been such long, many, anxious months and now it’s hot, [XXX]

 

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good was there to gain strength in

 

I hope he will be well again, but he is eighty-six and sometimes it looks impossible

 

I am so glad to hear of what you are doing and know you are always doing for others

 

I shall never forget

 

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how you helped me move to College Ave.

 

[XXXX] son is now eighteen and his daughter sixteen.

 

Most lovingly

 

Chas. and Mary Sheldon

 

Aug-7-43-

 

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Topeka

 

8 PM

 

Aug7

 

1943

 

Kans.

 

Mrs. May L. Flickenger

 

604 Walnut St

 

Newtonville

 

Mass

 

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Mrs. Charles M. Sheldon

 

1621 College Avenue

 

Topeka, Kansas

 

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Leonard Wood Memorial

 

(American Leprosy Foundation)

 

One Madison Avenue

 

New York 10, N.Y.

 

Trustees

 

Henry L. Stimson

 

Chairman

 

Perry Burgess

 

President

 

General Samuel McRoberts

 

Treasurer

 

H.D. Campbell

 

Dwight F. Davis

 

General Frank R. McCoy

 

Francis F. Randolph

 

John C. Traphagen

 

Dorothy Paul Wade

 

Dr. Ray Lyman Wilbur

 

Owen D. Young

 

Medical Advisory Board

 

Dr. Malcolm H. Soule

 

Chairman

 

Dr. Howard T. Karsner

 

Secretary

 

Dr. F.A. Johansen

 

Dr. Esmond R. Long

 

Dr. Thomas Parran

 

Maj. Gen. James S. Simmons

 

Dr. H. Windsor Wade

 

H.L. Elias

 

Secretary

 

Febrary 22, 1945

 

Mrs. Charles M. Sheldon,

 

1621 College Ave.,

 

Topeka, Kansas

 

Dear Mrs. Sheldon:

 

Your letter of the 15th has been received.

 

As requested, we have today mailed your daughter an autographed copy of WHO WALK ALONE. We are pleased that you thought so highly of the book and want to assure you that your generosity and cooperation are appreciated.

 

Sincerely Yours,

 

H.L. Elias

 

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No date

 

Leonard Wood Memorial

 

(American Leprosy Foundation)

 

One Madison Avenue

 

New York 10, N.Y.

 

Trustees

 

Henry L. Stimson

 

Chairman

 

Perry Burgess

 

President

 

General Samuel McRoberts

 

Treasurer

 

H.D. Campbell

 

Dwight F. Davis

 

General Frank R. McCoy

 

Francis F. Randolph

 

John C. Traphagen

 

Dorothy Paul Wade

 

Dr. Ray Lyman Wilbur

 

Owen D. Young

 

Medical Advisory Board

 

Dr. Malcolm H. Soule

 

Chairman

 

Dr. Howard T. Karsner

 

Secretary

 

Dr. F.A. Johansen

 

Dr. Esmond R. Long

 

Dr. Thomas Parran

 

Maj. Gen. James S. Simmons

 

Dr. H. Windsor Wade

 

H.L. Elias

 

Secretary

 

Dear Mrs. Sheldon:

 

I trust that you and your friends found the autographed copy of WHO WALK ALONE which I sent you interesting and educational.

 

Occasionally a reader of my book writes expressing pleasure in learning that the victims of Hansen’s disease are not as unfortunate as he had thought, but Culion is one of the very limited number of places where medical treatment is available for those stricken with this illness.

 

Is is an appalling fact that of the estimated three to five million lepers in the world less than two percent receive any kind of care. The Leonard Wood Memorial devotes its entire energies to the effort to discover the cure and prevention of leprosy, as the only possibility of finding relief for these uncared-for millions is through medical science. The enclosed story is only one of the experiences of this character which I have had in many places throughout the world.

 

We are very desirous of knowing who have read WHO WALK ALONE in order that we may send to them from time to time similar stories and further information about this great health problem. We would deeply appreciate it if, on the enclosed form, you would give us the names and addresses of those friends of yours who have read the book.

 

With sincere appreciation of your cooperation in this important work, I am

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Perry Burgess

 

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Elmer Thomas, Okla., Chairman

 

Burton K. Wheeler, Mont.

 

John H. Bankhead, Ala.

 

Theodore G. Bilbo, Miss.

 

Allen J. Ellender, La.

 

Scott W. Lucas, Ill.

 

Tom Stewart, Tenn.

 

Richard B. Russell, Ga.

 

Tom Connally, Tex.

 

Sheridan Downey, Calif.

 

Clyde R. Hoey, N.C.

 

Arthur Capper, Kans.

 

Henrik Shipstead, Minn.

 

Raymond E. Willis, Ind.

 

George D. Aiken, Vt.

 

Harlan J. Bushfield, S. Dak.

 

George A. Wilson, Iowa

 

Hugh Butler, Nebr.

 

Milton R. Young, N. Dak.

 

William F. Knowland, Calif.

 

M.E. Pool, Clerk

 

Joycette Jones, Asst. Clerk

 

United States Senate

 

Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

 

March 20, 1946

 

Mrs. Charles M. Sheldon

 

1621 College

 

Topeka, Kansas

 

Dear Friend:

 

I thought you would be interested in the enclosed sheets from the Congressional Record of March 19. I believe Dr. Howard is going to have some reprints made, and if you desire a small quantity of them when they are available, I will be glad to see that some copies are mailed to you.

 

With kind regards, I am

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Arthur Capper

 

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Season’s Greetings

 

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I send warmest greetings for the Holiday Season.

 

In a world striving for the true peace carried in the Christmas message, it is well to pause for friendship and reflection.

 

Arthur Capper

 

Dec. 25, 1947.

 

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Erie Vista

 

Geneva on the Lake

 

Ohio

 

July 25, 1949

 

Dear Mrs. Sheldon:

 

An official receipt has been sent to you for your recent contribution to the Leonard Wood Memorial. However, I wish personally to express my gratification for the aid that you have given during the last five years.

 

It is such practical cooperation which makes it possible for us to carry on this important work aimed at solving one of the world’s oldest diseases.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Perry Burgess

 

President

 

Leonard Wood Memorial

 

PB:m

 

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No date

 

My Dear Lonnie

 

I am writing you a little Christmas note to tell you of my love for you who have so much and kind to me all these years.

 

I hope you have a happy Christmas and many blessings all your life.

 

Lovingly

 

Mary M. Sheldon

 

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Associated Alumni of Brown University

 

Providence 12, Rhode Island

 

February 25, 1946

 

Mrs. Charles M. Sheldon

 

1621 College Avenue

 

Topeka, Kansas

 

Dear Mrs. Sheldon:

 

The news of the death of your husband was received with sadness here on the campus, and I wish to extend to you the sincere sympathy of all of us in alumni ranks.

 

Dr. Sheldon had a host of friends at Brown, not only among his college contemporaries, but throughout the entire company of Brown men. We shall miss his loyal interest.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Chesley Worthington

 

W. Chesley Worthington

 

Director of Alumni Relations

 

d

 

Professor Manning showed me only yesterday a fine recent letter from his classmate.

 

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George L. Carpenter

 

General

 

Lt. Col. V. Lundgren

 

Divisional Commander

 

Lt. Com. John J. Allan

 

Territorial Commander

 

Major Norman Peterson

 

Officer in Charge

 

The Salvation Army

 

William Booth, Founder

 

Phone 4058

 

200 E. Fifth Street

 

Topeka, Kansas

 

February 26, 1946.

 

Mrs. Charles M. Sheldon,

 

1621 College,

 

Topeka, Kansas.

 

My dear Mrs. Sheldon:-

 

Sympathy for those who sorrow has always been part of the Salvationist’s creed, and in your hour of grief, we especially remember you in the loss of your loving husband.

 

The word of God warns us not to sorrow as those who have no hope, but to believe He doeth all things well and for a purpose. His grace can sustain you and we trust you will allow him to continue proving it.

 

May His presence guide you until the day of your summons.

 

Yours in sympathy,

 

N. Peterson,

 

Major

 

NP/GS

 

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Albert M. Cole

 

1st Dist. Kans.

 

Ralph A. Patterson

 

Secretary

 

Committees:

 

Roads

 

Claims

 

Census

 

Congress of the United States

 

House of Representatives

 

Washington, D.C.

 

27 February 1946

 

Mrs. C.M. Sheldon

 

1621 College

 

Topeka, Kansas

 

My dear Mrs. Sheldon:

 

I pause in this busy place to pay my respects to your late husband and to offer you any sympathy that I might be able to convey to you by this means.

 

I felt that I knew the Doctor quite well, having read his thoughts as he wrote them, having read about his many actions for the betterment of mankind and listened to counselings. I know the great respect that all fellow-Rotarians had for him. Although he has passed from this earth, he lives and will continue to live through his writings. And, may you find consolation in the fact that you were a great contributor towards his being such a benefactor to all.

 

In sympathy and respect,

 

Albert M. Cole, M.C.

 

AMC/p

 

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Office of the President

 

Leonard Wood Memorial

 

(American Leprosy Foundation)

 

Metropolitan Tower

 

New York 10, N.Y.

 

March eigth

 

1946

 

Dear Mrs. Sheldon:

 

I was stunned, as is everyone who sees the war ravaged Philippines, but the tragedy which befell the defenseless lepers was, in some respects, the worst of all. At the large and world famous Culion, for instance, almost half the patients died or were killed and hundreds fled in small boats in search of food; knowing that wherever they went they would be feared and shunned- if the Japs caught them they would be shot. Those who remained were the adults too sick to flee, -not sick enough to die…and the little children- the streets were deserted except for them.

 

And yet the unfathomable wistfulness in the faces was much the same as I had seen before- have seen in the faces of homesick mothers, children, wives and husbands in similar institutions the world over. If such a thing is possible, they suffered a little more in war times- grew hungrier…felt more forsaken…more of them died.

 

It is not just enough to put these unfortunate human beings in colonies, just as we do with criminals…we must do more! We must do everything possible to find a cure so that it will no longer be necessary to take little children and old men to a faraway place and imprison them for life.

 

We must train more scientists, undertake new studies; in short do every thing that modern methods of medical research warrant to lift this yoke from humanity’s shoulders. If you could see them, all ages, all races, including our own, you would understand that I must plead with kindly disposed and generous people to aid this work done on their behalf.

 

You have helped us, please continue that help. If those who find it possible will increase their gifts or interest a friend to contribute it will permit us to expand our research.

 

With great appreciation of your cooperation, I am

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Perry Burgess

 

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Office of the Dean

 

Andover Newton Theological School

 

Newton Centre, Massachusetts

 

March 10. 1946

 

Dear Mrs. Sheldon,

 

It was with deep sorrow and a sense of personal loss that learned of the death of your beloved husband. As you know, he was one of the greatest living alumni of old Andover Seminary at the time of his death. His name is listed in the class of 1886.

 

I will recall in some my trips to Topeka, in connection with a visit to Washburn College, that I always received a royal welcome from Mr. Sheldon. On some occasions he would [XXXX] with a group of prospective seminary students and tell us of old Andover. On other occasions, I would be privileged to see you both in your hospitable house. I am very sorry that

 

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in the past few years I have not been often in Topeka.

 

Accept my sincere sympathy and [XXX] of the seminary in this your time of sorrow. Certainly the precious memories of a gallant, cheerful, consecrated and devoted minister, as well as a dear husband and father, will sustain you.

 

I always recall the vitality and robust mental outlook of Dr. Sheldon, even in his later years. He was spared to a ripe old age, and his example will inspire us all to follow in the steps of the Master  whom he so faithfully served.

 

With [XXXX] assurance for you and your son of my sympathy and love. I am,

 

Sincerely yours

 

[XXX] [XXX] [XXXX]

 

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Office of the President

 

Yankton College

 

Yankton, South Dakota

 

11 March, 1946

 

Mrs. Charles M. Sheldon

 

Topeka

 

Kansas

 

Dear Mrs. Sheldon:

 

One of the most dearly cherished names at Yankton College is that of Charles M. Sheldon. Somehow something of his beautiful Christian spirit and idealism has ever been alive here as an incentive towards realization of our own Christian educational purpose. You understand, then, our very real sense of loss when we heard of Dr. Sheldon’s passing. Our warmest sympathies are with you and the family, Mrs. Sheldon.

 

In token of our feeling, and as an official expression from Yankton College, a resolution was passed by the board of trustees at the mid-winter meeting, a copy of which I am enclosing.

 

Yours most sincerely,

 

J. Clark Graham

 

President

 

JCG/r

 

encl-

 

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Trust Department

 

John E. Kirk

 

Vice President and Trust Officer

 

National Bank of Topeka

 

Founded 1865

 

Topeka, Kansas

 

March 23, 1946.

 

Mrs. Charles M. Sheldon

 

1621 College Avenue

 

Topeka, Kansas

 

Dear Mrs. Sheldon:

 

Enclosed find copies of Resolution passed at the last meeting of our Fortnightly Club.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

John E. Kirk, Secretary

 

Fortnightly Club

 

JEK:WF

 

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Christian Herald Association

 

419 Fourth Ave.

 

New York 16, N.Y.

 

April 4, 1946

 

Dear Mrs. Sheldon:

 

I have purposely avoided bothering you because I felt sure you would be inundated with letters and callers, but hardly a day goes by without a thought for you in your loneliness and a thankful heart that I had dear Dr. Sheldon’s prayers throughout my trouble. How thoughtful he was of others and forgetful of himself!

 

You will be pleased with Dr. Poling’s editorial in the May issue. It is now on the press but when it is released, I’ll send you some copies. He paid him such beautiful tributes; all very much deserved as he knew him so well.

 

I don’t know whether you plan to keep a Scrap book, but I enclose a few newspaper clippings you may wish to add to your collection.

 

May God give you strength to bear the separation and with best wishes for your health, I am

 

Sincerely yours

 

Mrs. Charles Sheldon

 

1621 College Avenue

 

Topeka, Kansas

 

P.S. On second thoughts, decided to send you a proof of the Editorial and the issues will come later.

 

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Elmer Thomas, Okla., Chairman

 

Burton K. Wheeler, Mont.

 

John H. Bankhead, Ala.

 

Theodore G. Bilbo, Miss.

 

Allen J. Ellender, La.

 

Scott W. Lucas, Ill.

 

Tom Stewart, Tenn.

 

Richard B. Russell, Ga.

 

Tom Connally, Tex.

 

Sheridan Downey, Calif.

 

Clyde R. Hoey, N.C.

 

Arthur Capper, Kans.

 

Henrik Shipstead, Minn.

 

Raymond E. Willis, Ind.

 

George D. Aiken, Vt.

 

Harlan J. Bushfield, S. Dak.

 

George A. Wilson, Iowa

 

Hugh Butler, Nebr.

 

Milton R. Young, N. Dak.

 

William F. Knowland, Calif.

 

M.E. Pool, Clerk

 

Joycette Jones, Asst. Clerk

 

United States Senate

 

Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

 

April 9, 1946

 

Mrs. Charles M. Sheldon

 

1621 College

 

Topeka, Kansas

 

Dear Mrs. Sheldon:

 

I have received your letter of April 7 and glad to comply with your request by enclosing a small quantity of Congressional reprints of the article about Dr. Sheldon.

 

Recently, you will be interested in knowing, we sent a goodly supply of these reprints to Central Church office there in Topeka.

 

I am sorry, indeed, to learn of your illness. I trust you are improving and will soon enjoy your usual good health.

 

Dr. Sheldon was one of my best friends. I loved him sincerely.

 

Very truly yours,

 

Arthur Capper

 

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Dear Mrs. Sheldon-

 

The Trustees of the Congregational Summer Assembly have asked me to express to you their deep sympathy in the passing of your husband.

 

He has been so beloved by all of us. There is no

 

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member of our summer family who will be so greatly missed-and I hope there may be a little comfort for you in the knowledge that we shall hold him always in our hearts in loving remembrance.

 

Very sincerely

 

Abby H. Zugelbrach

 

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A Christmas Wish

 

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Dear Mrs. Glenn-

 

I want to have a wee bit in helping in the Sheldon Memorial Fund.

 

My father & “our” Jennie & the children & I had our membership there as long as we lived in Topeka & it is very dear to my heart. My memories of Central Church & friends I have there I’ll cherish as long as I live.

 

I only wish I could do much more than the check I am enclosing.

 

My mother and grandmother were members & I in S.S. down at First Church (7th & Harrison) & I remember when Dr. Sheldon came to Topeka & Central was organized. Later in Washburn I went to Central & was one of young group that heard him read chapt. by chapt. “In His Steps.” Dr. Sheldon & his life influenced & blest me & I thank God for it. Hope you can come next June to New Haven, Conn. to General Council meeting. & if ever in Nashua, let us know.

 

May your Christmas be joyful and your New Year happy.

 

With sincere wishes & remembrance to your family.

 

May Little Hickinger

 

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Copyright Series 54-T

 

No. 451

 

Made in U.S.A.

 

 

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