[Annie L. Muir]
 and the condition farther down is no better. He gave me an atomizer with which I can send a spray of medicine directly to the parts effected, and he ad- visited me besides to take the oil of Eucalyp- sus in which he has great faith_ He says that the attention of medical men has of late been directed to the medical properties of the eucalypus tree which prove to be of great value. He says that a grove of them about a house are sure protection against malaria. I then spoke to him of the Doctor's pond, and he said that surrounding it with this tree was all that was necessary.I found Maggie feeling very poorly_ indeed she had one of her worst spells while I was there. But there is one encouraging feature in the case, namely that they come much less fre- quently. She has had none before this since last spring. I fear she is worry- ing too much about their affairs, which all take no better shape than they did last year_ but still they might be worse than they are according to Walter Brown's statement. He says that John could settle all his indebtedness and still have five or six thousand dollars left: pro- vided I suppose that he could seel his land & stock_ Maggie thinks of going to him in Kansas soon. and we all hope that the change may prove a benefet to her. Do not think that she is much worse than before for she is not= but she looks weary & anxious. She has a horse & carriage and drives out often_ Portage looks beautiful to me. the lawns are fresh & green. The trees have grown very much, and em[illegible] the City [illegible]rich green foliage. We all wish most sincerely that you could havePortage, Wis. Ang. 22 '88.Dear Louie and All the family_I am home at last= and so glad to be here once more, with so many of those dear & near to me. especially after so long & tiresome & dusty a trip as it looks to me where I look it over. from there to here. but the last day was the hardest, between here & Chicago. as I was very tired and not well, and had several changes to make. and too much baggage to look after. but I arrived safely at last. David met me at the depot looking better & younger than when I last saw him. (He was married in teeth. not gums alone.)06158
1888 Aug 22
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