April 24th 1859 )
Dear Mary )
I am in receipt of a letter but a few
days since from your uncle John in which he makes several
very important communications. The first of most importance
to self is that of the loss of your health for months past."
That is to me rest assured a very source of serious regret
so early in life. I have noticed occasionally your commun-
ications to Georgiana but until now had not attached much
importance to the reading, as I had indulged a hope
from time to time that you find yourself in improved health."
John writes me what he learns of a physician in your neighborhood
who tells him he fears your disease will terminate in hypertrophy
of the womb - a very serious affliction truely - I imagine - and
that you obstinately refuse an examination. Now I think
this false modesty when ones health and happiness depend in
all time to come and should not be persisted in when there is
so much at stake - but act at once when there might be
a reasonable hope of a speedy recovery indulged under the
advice of such a physician as Dr. Stone of N.O. in whom I
have more confidence than any man alive. I have consulted him
on the score of your mothers affliction and he has prescribed
for her a successful remedy - Bismuth for neuralgia ) of the liver
for which I could perceive no remedy heretofore, and it acts like
a charm in every anticipated attack - as it wards off at once
every attack. This disease hastened away Capt. Sanders to eternity
beyond a doubt. Now your sufferings are a misfortune and
not a fault doubtless, and if you go to New Orleans and I knew when to
try and meet you there at the sacrifice of all or every thing for
a hope of recovery
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