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Smithfield Preston Foundation

Papers, 1784-1881, n.d., Ms1997-002

January 30, 1843 -- letter from Thomas Lewis Preston to Susan McDowell

Abingdon Jany 30th 1843

My Dear Sister

I received your last letter three days ago, and would have replied to it immediately but waited hoping to feel in better spirits, and to be able to speak more definitely of my plans. God though has ordained it otherwise, and with a heart ---- with sorrow I write you alive to explain my detention here. My dear wife, instead of improving since I wrote to you has grown worse, and is now not only confined to her bed, but so reduced and weakened that she can with difficulty get up and down. Her compplaint is an irritation of the stomach and bowels, and for more than a week no medication has had its proper effect. She suffers constantly from nausea, can scarcely take any nourishment, and her stomach rejects almost every thing that is given. In short her complaint is very like that of our ---- sister, and that which from time to time she throws up, seems to be the same sort of scention that so sickened she who has been taken from us. Today Lizzie has been suffering from a large blister on her stomach. This evening she has been quieter and for the last two hours has been sleeping very soundly. I hope this is a favorable symptom and that she will wake up refreshed and better. may a miserful God look in compassion upon me, is my constant and ---- prayer. Sister Sally joins in love to you and yours. I will write again by the next mail. As ever you truly affectionate brother

Thomas L. Preston

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