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have no doubt it was the Fever and Ague which is the in-
variable accompaniment of breaking up new land, and which
renders this cursed country not fit for a civilized man
to live in.)   They gave quinine and other medicines.   Greatbatch
lingered for two weeks, sometimes being delerious, sometimes
sensible.   He would say he felt no pain and wonder why
the doctor kept him in bed.   Mary Anne was removed to
a lower room, relapsed, took quinine, was delirious, yet,
at times was able to attend her husband.   At length the crisis
approached � to terminate fatally.                They had bathed
him in whiskey and vinegar.          He was sensible and
died apparently without pain.   �I asked him if he was
better� says poor Mary Anne. �He said he supposed so.�
She, a neighbor, (a woman), the boys, and another neighbor
(accidentally passing with a load of hay) were present.
He died without a struggle, no motion indicating pain.
�So ends,� she writes �the short career of my poor, dear,
kind faithful husband;� here am I a widow, my
poor boys fatherless in the far West, to struggle with our
difficulties.�
  It is sad, very sad news.     I am shocked and
grieved at it.    Until towards the conclusion of the letter I entertained
no other apprehension than that the family had passed
through some severe experience of sickness and suffering,
happily ending in recovery.      He � striving and patient
and uncomplainingly industrious (in spite of the un-
deserved hard fortune which beset him all his life long
� to die thus, when, humanly speaking, he had earned
such a right to a prosperous and tranquil future.    It
is sorrowful enough to make the hopefullest doubtful
whether existence does not contain more of misery than
happiness.        I am sure that poor Mary Anne�s fortu-               
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