Memories of Ireland  
HAROLD MORGAN STANLEY - extracts from letters to his father, 
George Wilson Stanley in Ireland from Canada

March 2, 1913

We have had a very trying time. Olive has been very sick. After I wrote to you last telling you about the birth of our son, symptoms showed there was something wrong. I consulted  the doctor but after following his advice for some time she did not get better, so I had him down to make an examination. But still she did not get well. I kept going to town and telling him how she was, temperature, etc. He was afraid of blood poisoning so I had him down again. Now he says it is not blood poisining but typhoid fever. It is terrible for her in her weak state. We had Mrs. Kennedy down nursing her and Eva Bowsfield doing the work but Eva fell and sprained her ankle and had to go home and Mrs. K wanted to go home. So with the doctor's consent I moved Olive home. Olive wanted to go and has not taken any harm by it. She is not well yet although much better. I have been up all day with her. There are some symptons I do not like so I am going to town tomorrow to see Dr. Turner again.  One good thing is baby is very good and quiet although he has lost a little flesh. I never had such a month in my life before and if I had to have  many more, I am afraid I would go crazy. But I know she is in God's hands and he will take care of her and give her back to me. But oh it has been a fiery trial. Poor girl, she will be very weak and fit for nothing all summer. I am going to try to get somebody if I can, some girl about 10 or 12 years old to help her, but they are so scarce.


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