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Condolences from William Florville

Lincoln's Haitian-born Springfield barber, William "Billy the Barber" Florville mentioned Willie Lincoln’s death in a letter to the president nearly ten months later:

"I was surprised at the announcement of the death of your son Willy. I thought him a smart boy for his age, so considerate, so manly: his Knowledge and good sence, far exceeding most boys more advanced in years. Yet the time comes to all, all must die."