Documents associated with: Coert, J.
Record 4 of 6
[telegraph form:] RIJKSTELEGRAAF. / KANTOOR TE 'S-GRAVENHAGE
My dear Sir,
I have had a very bad night - as far as sleep goes - not otherwise -
But in the midst of my wakefulness, the omitting of vital importance has come upon me with terrible clearness -
It is quite impossible that these ladies should any longer have the vast fatigue & strain of nursing me - - I must have a trained & professional woman, as you long ago yourself proposed -
My sisters, in their great kindness, & wonderful power of endurance & self sacrifice, which of course surpasses all that man can pretend to, have hitherto managed to hide much of the disastrous effect that this continued strain upon their power & their health was producing - & the two ladies have [p. 2] I fear more need of your care than I! -
Miss Birnie-Philip was, as you know, already an invalid - You have seen her, but the rest you wish for her, she, in her devoted interest in myself, never takes - & scarcely leaves the sick room all day -
All remonstrance is met with a smiling face, & while she will have hidden the fact from you, I am convinced she suffers continually -
Mrs Whibley you have not seen for weeks - & you would be shocked to perceive the change in her of which I had not noticed the approach -
Her elasticity of spirit, her bright disposition & happy temper, have helped to shut my eyes to what was going on -
& now I fear she is completely ill - her nerves entirely distroyed [sic] - And all power of sleep gone from her! -
- She must not stay up one night more - And therefore I have written this long statement - that someone may be obtained [for?] tonight . . . -
1. [August 1902]
Dated from the address and the references to illness (see below).
This pencil draft was written on a blank telegraph form and may never have been sent.