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.
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,