O never, never any family for me! I am cured of that

The landlord’s child, Robbie Carson, survived.

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 3, 688].

To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 1, p. 329]

608 Bush Street, San Francisco, [mid February 1880].

My dear Colvin,


[…] My landlord and landlady’s little four-year-old child is dying in the house; and O, what he has suffered. It has really affected my health. O never, never any family for me! I am cured of that.

J.W. Walton, Anxious Moments, 1894 [http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/]

F. Goodall, The Sick Child, 1856 [http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/]

I have taken a long holiday – have not worked for three days, and will not for a week; for I was really weary.

Excuse this scratch; for the child weighs on me, dear Colvin. I did all I could to help; but all seems little, to the point of crime, when one of these poor innocents lies in such misery. Ever yours,


608 Bush Street, San Francisco [http://www.artandarchitecture-sf.com/]


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