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Jane Taylor writes to Finley at a time when she has failing eyesight and there is a great flood raging outside. She has been ill for twelve weeks and for six weeks has suffered intense pain in the abdomen. She has no help and a neighbor has assisted her and gives her medicinal care. Her home is cold and unfinished. The kitchen is the only room completed. The weather is freezing and the neighbor who battled his way across water and ice drank whiskey to keep alive. Jane suffers extreme and intense pain at all times and she has been taking morphine. She closes with a request that Finley come to see her as often as possible. Abstract Number - 356
Taylor, Jane, "Letter from Jane Taylor to James B. Finley" (1847). Finley Letters. 554.