George Peabody



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George Peabody is not well either: going to England for health.




letter, Peabody, McIlvaine, England, travel, illness


[Balthium] 20 Sept 1869

Dear Bishop McIlvaine,

I received your letter of the 17th [?] on the day of my departure from the [White] Sulphur Springs, the first I had heard from you since C was at Newport. As six weeks had elapsed since you left New York it seemed to indicate that your health had been continually bad but I trust [that] [?] this your own home air and family circle will have restored you.

My cough has greatly improved, but my appetite & strength appear no better. You are aware that I contemplated going to Honda to [plan] the [?], but an inquiring of [?] best acquainted with that diminish I found I should experience nothing but discomfort & [?] the best chance for my life was to return to London, & to follow Dr. Gull’s advice for my [winter] [residence]

I am now with M. Ganell & having [?] with my [?] [?] shall have on Thursday for Philadelphia & remain till Saturday with Mr Macalister, leaving on that day & arriving by private car at 15 [Wa?] Place. New York at about 4 Pm. On the following Wednesday, (29th) I shall sail for “Scotia” for England, for I wish to go away privately & arrive privately there, my friends knowing nothing of my coming. Please do not mention it to anyone, but if you have anything to send you ought let it be in Mr. [Yankee’s] hands by Monday 27th & I will see it delivered.

I have not been out of the house or off my bed more than two or three hours at a time for six weeks. Should have liked much to see you again, but now seems impossible & have only to express the hope that you may be returned to health & that every blessing may [attach] all those of you [?] family & friends. Mr & Mrs [?] join in sending their regards to yourself & family.

Very truly yours,

George Peabody

By [GPR]

Letter to Charles Petit McIlvaine



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