My dear beloved husband,
I have left writing to the last hoping that I might be able to tell you that our darling is better.
I grieve to say I am not able to say so with any certainty. I am in so much anxiety that I feel difficulty to write with calmness. The Dr. seems to be uncertain as to what is the malady she is suffering from. The principle symptom now is [ ] she has severe fancies in the head and that
she cannot bear any light in the room. Dr. H. [Helmcken] fears inflammation of the brain….
*1 – 2020 – Though the year is not given in the text of the letter, Mary Augusta was very sick and passed in the latter months of 1876, and so this letter is most likely from this time. October 26, 1876 was a Thursday.Back to List of 1870s Letters
This collection of letters has been digitized from an earlier transcription project and is for informational purposes only. This transcription has not been verified against the originals. Researchers interested in these letters should consult the original documents housed at the BC Archives.