|Moore, Sally to Pettit, John, 1867
|Argentina - Pettit
|Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Buenos Aires, January 13th, 1867
My dear John,
I am really ashamed of my long silence. I have not written to you for a very long time. I think I wrote to you in March to which letter I received an answer. Kate and Fanny have written since, I received a few lines from you with a letter enclosed to Kate yesterday. I will send it soon as both herself and Fanny were anxiously expecting letters from you before they left town. Kate left about a month ago and Fanny left yesterday, we miss them very much, the other members of the family remained about two months after the dreadful cholera was over but the girls made a longer stay. Fanny promised to return in three months if possible, she has recovered her health completely.
I am glad to hear that your father and self enjoy good health, I hope that his sight is no worse.
At present thanks be to God we are all well although we have had more troubles since the cholera. My brother Robert who is married and has five children has had his wife out of her mind, poor Fanny went out from here on a visit to them for as she is a first cousin of hers also, and while she was there Mary lost her reason quite suddenly, it was well for Robert that Fanny was there at the time to mind her. They brought her into town after a few days time and poor Fanny was greatly upset after having had so many troubles before, after a few days trial we found it impossible to keep her here she was so troublesome so we took her to the lunatic asylum, the poor fellow was in such trouble that Mamma went out to stop with him for a short time and to bring some of the children in, but thank God she recovered sooner than we expected and is now at home again quite well. Mamma remains out still until she thinks Mary strong enough to take charge of the family for she was not able toshe recovered her reason.
I am sorry to have to add another case of the same kind. Mary Bookey now Mrs. King after her confinement of the second child in August last got out of her mind and still in the Hospital. She was so violent that they could not possibly mind her at home. She is not a little better. I hope soon to see her quite well, her poor family are very much afflicted about. I must finis as I have no a moment to spare. I did not know until this moment that the mail closes at two and it wants only a few minutes to the time. Remember me to your father and believe me your affectionate cousin,
PS I will write by next mail. I receive your papers regularly and send the Standard, every month.