Philander Chase



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Philander Chase empathizes with the illness of his sister Rachel.




Rachel Denison, Philander Chase, Dudley Chase, illness, health


AD 1843

Jubilee College 23d of Feb’y

My dear Sister Rachael;

My heart turns more and more towards you the older and more infirm I grow--I hear of your sickness and other distresses and seem to feel every pang which you feel. Every affliction which you suffer seems to be my own also and the place where you weep there I stop and try to brush away my tears. Laura has told me of your great debility and just as I re’d the news I myself fell sick, the Doctor thought dangerously, and while in sleepless night I lay I thought of you dear Sister: and our Sister Alice and Brother Dudley.

My complaint was a severe attack of the Lung Fever. This is now considerably abated. Still however am I in my sick chamber, under the Physicians orders not to exert myself in my studies or writing. My dear Wife having just recovered from a similar complaint, is now enabled to take care of me. She sends her best love. Mrs Russell is as usual all goodness. The two Sarahs are in health. Samuel is better since I have forbidden him to overdo his very tender lungs. Dr Castle told me unless this be done he will die soon. Dudley is a good preacher & I am your loving brother Philander Chase

Letter to Rachel Denison



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