Letter from A Turton to Rachel Hodgkins

24 Mar 1901
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24 Mar 1901
Red Sea 24th March 1901
My dear Mrs Hodgkins
As we are getting near Suez I must write a work or two to tell you how Fanny is for I know how anxious you must feel after getting Miss Marchant’s letter. She is decidedly better this morning, tho’ she still feels weak after taking so little food. She has begun to eat better now & had food every hour & today the Dr says she may have a little fish which shows she is getting on. She must feel better as vanity has begun to assert itself & she looks very nice arrayed in her pink dressing jacket & wanted to curl her hair but we would not allow her. She is getting Brands Extract beef tea, Benger’s food & other nourishing things so that now she is able to digest them she will soon get up her strength again. There is a very nice trained nurse in the 1st class who comes along & helps her to make her toilet & gives her food. We found that she could coax Fanny into eating more than we could. She was more afraid of her. Everyone has been most kind & it shows what a favourite Fanny is, all the men are most anxious to do anything they could and even the stewards ask most particularly every day how she is. I feel so sorry this has happened to spoil the pleasure of the voyage. I can’t think what upset us all – too much ice perhaps. I was ill for a week but am better now. With love & hoping you will get this soon – after the 1st letter.
Believe me Yours very sincerely A.I. Turton
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Other family correspondence and miscellaneous papers. Field, Isabel Jane, 1867-1950 : Correspondence of Frances Hodgkins and family / collected by Isabel Field. Ref: MS-Papers-0085-51. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. https://natlib.govt.nz/records/22432991