Thursday, February 09, 2006

06Sep1854, Cholera widow

HAGLEY, September 6th, 1854.
—The cholera is fearful in London ; more than 1,000-200 fatal cases. Four children in one family. A poor clergyman caught the typhus fever from one of his sons, and his wife was confined with an eighth baby while he was so ill. She recovered to find herself a widow with eight children, and not a farthing to support herself or them ; his living having been given away, and so no money from thence, he hadn't insured his life, and had no fortune besides. They are collecting money. I gave a little, and Albert. They have already collected a great deal, and have taken three children off her hands.

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