[Boston—Wednesday, 20 January 1869]

Wednesday. Jany 20. The days slip away with an awful swiftness. Sunday Louisa came to tell me scarletina had broken out among the children and she would like to send Nellie & Baby & nurse over here. So I have been playing with baby & attending to work people beside (it never rains but it pours) and I had previously engaged 2 sewing women to be here and doing little else. Several visits yesterday among others Mr. Higginson again who stayed one hour and a half!!!

Today have played away the morning hours with baby. The sore throat coming to Nellie I was obliged to send her home.

We, baby, J. and I have been telling our dreams. How difficult it is to look at the world from a child’s point of view!

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