: recd. Sept.28, 1838)
MADRID, 19 Sepr.
No.16 CALLE SANTIAGO.
REVD. AND DEAR SIR, -- I write this to inform you that for the last ten days I have been confined to my bed by a fever. I am now better, and hope in a few days to be able to proceed to Saragossa, which is the only road open.
I bore up against my illness as long as I could, but it became too powerful for me. By good fortune I obtained a decent physician, a Dr. Hacayo, who had studied medicine in England, and aided by him and the strength of my constitution I got the better of my attack, which however was a dreadfully severe one.
I hope my next letter will be from Bordeaux. I cannot write more at present, for I am very feeble.
I remain, Revd. and dear Sir, truly yours,