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17th Oct 1894

Dear Mr. Hecker:
The day I left Venice your letter written in New York reached me.  Yes, I had read on board Steamer the changes contemplated in the New Your office of the V.P. but presumed the Receivers would be glad to retain Mr. Williams in some other capacity.  Truly it is sad, and seems to verify the old adage concerning soulless corporations.  However, there is one bright-side to the whole matter.  He can live on his income, small though it is, and a year's travel with its many experiences and impressions, will drive from his mind the business cares and responsibilities of the later years of his life, and do much towards lengthening his days.  May they be many and happy!!

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