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and wide-spread clientele.
On the Twenty-fifth Anniversary
WE publish below, with the consent of
the author, a letter addressed to Mr.
Sells, by Mr. T. F. Wharton, on the
occasion of the celebration of the twenty-
fifth anniversary of the firm.
September 8, 1919.
Mr. E. W. Sells,
Of Haskins & Sells,
30 Broad St., New York City.
Dear Mr. Sells:—
When I was in Chicago on Friday, I
learned from Mr. Bickett that you were
to celebrate your twenty-fifth anniversary
at your meeting in New York this
week, and particularly at the dinner to
be held Thursday evening. When I
learned of this I was very much tempted
to attend the dinner as a member of the
Alumni Association. Owing, however,
to the Quarterly Meeting of our Board
of Directors, which occurs this week, I
will not be able to get away; and will
have to forego the pleasure of dining at
Since talking with Mr. Bickett, I have
been thinking about the wonderful
growth of your firm and the changes
that have taken place since I went to
work for Haskins & Sells, which was on
the first Sunday in January, 1902. At
that time, you were a pretty husky infant,
able to sit up and take a great deal
During my connection with the firm I
became pretty thoroughly imbued with the
Haskins & Sells spirit, and was full of it
when I left the organization in 1911,
after practically ten years of service.
Haskins & Sells have succeeded because
they have always been honest,
have never betrayed a client, and have
been true to the best traditions of the
profession. It has always been a source
of pride to me that I was so long associated
with the firm. Since coming with
Deere & Company, I have tried to maintain
the ideals acquired with you, and it
has been a source of strength to me to
be able to support my position by stating
what your own stand would be in
The firm will start on its second quarter-
century as the dean, so to speak, of
the accounting profession in this country,
and I sincerely trust and believe that it
will maintain that position and that continued
prosperity will be its reward.
With best regards to you and the
other members of the firm, and my old
associates on the staff, I remain,
Yours very truly,
(Signed) T. F. W H A R T O N .