Brooklyn Eagle/1868/The Daughter of a Resident of Farmingdale Dies Under Suspicious Circumstances
The Daughter of a Resident of Farmingdale Dies Under Suspicious Circumstances. The Body Found in a Lying-in Hospital, Etc. Last Wednesday Mr. Henry Lattin, a resident of Farmingdale, Long Island received a letter of which the following is a copy:
From: 6 Amity Place, Manhattan.
To: Mr. Henry Lattin.
Dear Sir: You daughter is at No. 6 Amity Place, very sick with typhoid fever, and I do not expect her to live twenty-four hours. She inquires about her mother frequently, and wants her to come immediately. Yours truly,
P.S. Take the Fulton street cars at the ferry and they will take you to the house.
Mr. and Mrs. Lattin started at once for New York, and arrived at No. 6 Amity street only to that their daughter was dead, and that they could not take possession of the remains until after the Coroner's inquest. In explanation of the strange and mysterious circumstances, it is stated that the deceased, whose name was Susannah Lattin, was about 21 years of age and the daughter of Mr. Henry Lattin, of Farmingdale, L.I. She formerly resided in Williamsburg, with her cousin Andrew Wood, and in April last she left home to visit a brother at Glen Cove, where she was seen by her father on the 18th of that month. A sister of Susannah fell sick and died at the parents residence at Farmingdale, when she was sent for, and for the first time It was discovered that she was missing. The brother at Glen Cove had not seen her for three weeks, and supposed that she had returned to the residence of her parents. About 5 month after Susannah left Glen Cove, she called on one of her brothers, who resides in Brooklyn, and while there, the brother's wife, in expectation that Susannah would remain with them for some time, procured her a wardrobe from home. But few days after the arrival of her clothing, Susannah again disappeared, and nothing was heard of her until the receipt of tho above mentioned letter by her parents on Wednesday last. Daun, the person by whom the letter was signed, is a medical student under Doctor Grindle, the proprietor of the private Lying-in Hospital, No. 6 Amity street. Deceased was admitted there about six weeks ago, under the name of Smith, and three weeks after her arrival she gave birth to a full grown child, which was born alive, and adopted out on the day of its birth to an unknown lady, who left no clue to her residence behind her. Tho mother progressed favorably until some ten or twelve days ago, when young Daun and his associate student became alarmed at some unfavorable symptoms; and in the absence of Dr. Grindle, who was in the West, they called in Dr. Dorn, of Bleecker street, and subsequently Dr. Finnell, West Houston street, was summoned, and it was at the instigation of tho last named gentleman that Susannah induced to let her relatives know of her whereabouts and the imminent danger in which she was placed. No effort seems to have been made to ascertain from the deceased what her treatment had been before and since her confinement, and a post mortem examination made by Drs. Beach and Terry yesterday failed to develop anything of importance. Such are the principal alleged facts in this mysterious affair, and it is to be hoped that some additional light. will be thrown upon it when tho Coroner's inquest is held.