From Mme Martin to her brother Isidore CF 35 - August 23, 1868.

From Mme Martin to her brother

August 23, 1868

I think we’re again going to have the tragedy of losing little Joseph; he’s very near death. This morning Louis assured me that it would take a miracle to save him, everyone tells me as much. He’s been so much worse since Tuesday. Until then, his condition was not serious and didn’t prevent him from sleeping or eating. He even seemed not to suffer because he was very cheerful and never cried, only he didn’t thrive. For the last five days he’s been throwing up everything he eats.

I saw two doctors; one prescribed nothing and the other not much. I believe they don’t have any hope of saving him. I’m truly disheartened, and I don’t even have the strength to take care of him. It tears my heart out to see a little person suffer so much. He only has a mournful cry. For forty-eight hours he hasn’t closed his eyes. He’s doubled over with pain. When you receive this letter, he will probably be dead.

So, my dear friends, if you come, you see the joy that awaits you. However, I always hope. I can’t imagine that God will not leave my dear little boy with me.

I’ll write you in two or three days. If the baby is doing better, you must come as we agreed. Otherwise, postpone your trip for a week because we wouldn’t be in any condition to receive you.


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