18 Nov 1856
MRS RICH’D BEVAN
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My every thought is of my darling boy.
Saturday brought me a less favourable account extending to the 3rd of November. I telegraphed off my own thanks to Capt. Campbell on Saturday – but to this moment I have had no reply.
This morning I have a letter from Capt. Campbell himself. 6 Nov no improvement. Still I think it an improved account. Now typhoid. The darling has pencilled a few lines (invaluable to me) says he was never very ill but in much health and asks for his large desk to be sent out.
Capt. C says our letters have arrived and the dear boy has read and enjoyed them also looked at one or two news papers. This to me looks well.
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Much love fm