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Letter from Abraham Kaiser to Dr. C.D. Spivak, 1909 January 31

Identifier: B002.01.0100.0031.00006


Handwritten two-page letter in pencil from Abraham Kaiser in County Jail [Denver County Prison], Denver, Colorado, to Dr. C.D. Spivak in Denver, Colorado, stating that he was glad to hear from him and thanks him for his sympathies. He mentions that Spivak states in his letter that he doesn't think he could do much for him in his case. Kaiser states that if Spivak wishes to help him out, he can get him a pardon and it is no trouble at all on a charge of vagrancy, especially when a man has Consumption and has no police record. Kaiser states that Spivak says that he does not know the reason why they arrested him, because he was not working. He has a house to live in to the 1st of June and had 1.15 in money, yet they still gave him 90 days for vagrancy. He has been there 12 days today and has 78 more. He has had hemorrhages the last 5 nights and is now confined to the hospital ward. So he tells him now, Doctor, that it would be a little too severe a punishment for him for the sick [sake] of giving up the temptation of taking a drink, which is in fact, the only temptation that he has. He states that Spivak knows very well that when he was staying at the Sanatorium he never used any intoxicating drink. He tells him, dear Dr., that the 12 days he has been there have been punishment enought for him to never take a drop of any intoxicaing drink. It is bad enough to be in jail, but to be in jail and sick is worse still. Now, dear Doctor, if he would consult attorney Mr. Henry Cohen, and would be willing to see him out of jail, he could fix things so as he could be free, for he does not believe he could overlive 78 more days, for he is sick and weak. He is mostly in bed all day, and requests that Spivak please try his best to get him out. He was sentenced by Judge De Lapp in County Court Jan. 20th 1909 for vagrancy to 90 days. He states that he has visiting days Tuesdays and Firdays, 10-12 a.m., 2-4 p.m., and if Spivak had time to come up or send someone else he would be very thankful. Letter is signed Abraham Kaiser.


  • 1909 January 31


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From the Series: This series of patient records includes medical reports and histories, statistical data of patients, x-rays, and death certificates. The patient files include applications, correspondence and some may also contain photographs and personal items.

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On the first page, upside down above Spivak's name and address, is a note in pencil which reads "please write me a few lines and let me know if there is any prospect for me to get out of hier."


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