July 29. I have written to Sister Susan and toAunt Abbatt of Stoddard, N. H.July 30. T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 76. TodayLuther has been very much worse again.Dr. was called away last nightin the night time, and did not returntoday until afternoon. All theintervening time, my little onesuffered much from distress anduneasiness in his head, as well asdiarrhea - taking us notice of things,passing the time without sleep - tossingand moaning. I felt very badlyfor him, as I knew not whatwould relieve him. And I was veryanxious for the Dr. to return. As soonas he came, he lanced Luther's gumsmore freely, and gave him somemedicine. I now felt much relieved,as I knew I could safely trustmy little one in his hands.July 31. T.S.R. 54. 2 P.M. 89. S.S. 76.Luther is still very sick - diarrhea verybad, with much uneasiness and heatin the head. Moans and turns fromside to side almost constantly, andJuly 31. gets no good sleep. He is very thirstyand drink much, but takes nofood, and often vomits milk. Thelittle truant single tooth has nowappeared, making eleven in all.Aug. 1. T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 90. S.S. 76. Lutherstill continues very sick. He has beenmoaning and restless all through theday, but seems a little easier tonightand is getting a little sleep. Has hadmuch thirst today, and fever inthe head and mouth. Anothermolar tooth has appeared, makingthe number of teeth twelve. Poorboy! he has suffered much. I hopehe may now be relieved. Mrs. Stapleshas been with me this afternoonwith her baby. She came to see ifshe could help me about taking careof my boy or other work, andsewed a very little for me. Mr.Staples came for her, and took teawith us. After they had left, I hastenedto address a few lines to myparents, as the mail will close earlytomorrow morning.
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