Thursday, April 16, 2009

02Oct1865, Sixteen Flookburghers

HOLKER, October 2nd, 1865.
—I went with Mr. Rigg to about 16 Flookburghers ; liked many of them. Old Geoffrey Thompson, who is over 90, said he could remember the time of Sir William Lowther, but I fear it is a delusion, as he died more than 100 years ago. "Lords?" he said: "I remember 5 lords at Holker."

I saw a terrible sight : a child of 12 or 13, who has been wasting away for nearly a year : does not look more than 6, and her poor little arms and legs were like claws : no flesh whatever : the large joints and the bones barely covered with skin : I could not have believed thinness could be so fearful to look at.

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