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Letter №80, p. 1

This is a fraudulent intrusion into private correspondence. No time to even answer your queries — will do so to-morrow or next day. For several days I have noticed something like anxiety in your lady's thoughts about "Den." Children's diseases are seldom dangerous even when somewhat neglected, if the child have naturally a strong constitution; the pampered ones falling naturally victims to contagion.

I remarked her fear of carrying the germs of the disease home with her at Mr. Hume's the other day, as my attention was drawn to her by the "Disinherited" who was on the watch. Fear not in any case. I hope you will pardon me if I advise you to


Den refers to the Sinnetts' young son Dennie, who was ill.

the germs mentioned refer to the tuberculosis from which Mrs. Hume suffered.