MANUSCRIPT: BCHS ADDRESS: Mrs. Sarah S. Bryant / Cummington / Massachusetts. POSTMARK: NEW YORK / AUG / 25 POSTAL ANNOTATION: Single paid / PAID 18¾.
New York Oct. 8 1832.
My dear Sir.
I am truly sorry to hear so bad an account as you give of your health. 1 I can only say for your comfort that bilious attacks have been uncommonly violent and dangerous this season. Most of the complaints called here "premonitory symptoms of the cholera" have been, I believe, of the kind, and these have prevailed almost every where. Besides one or two slight attacks, and a general bad state of the bowels which kept me as weak as, a cat all summer, I had one which sent me to my bed and kept me there two or three days. I am inclined to think that the severity of the disorder in your case was in a measure owing to the season, and that there is a probability of your suffering less the next time.
You say right we have had a fearful time in New York--the pestilence striking down its victims on the right hand and the left--often at noonday but mostly in darkness, for of the thousands who had the disorder three quarters were attacked at the dead of night. I have been here from the 12th of July when I returned from the westward till the present time, coming every morning from Hoboken to attend to my daily occupation, every morning witnessing the same melancholy spectacle of deserted and silent streets and forsaken dwellings, and every day looking over and sending out to the world the list of the sick and dead. 2 My own health and that of my wife and youngest child in the mean time have been bad, with a state of the stomach like that produced by taking lead or some other mineral poison. Since the second week in September the state of things has changed--and my own health was never better than it is at this moment.
I am much obliged to you for conveying to me the proposal of the booksellers--I forget their names--to print a second edition of my book. 3 There are I believe about a hundred copies of the first on hand and I