10/22nd 1900My dear ClemmyI have not written to you for some time, hoping you would hear through others of Thomas’s progress. I have never at any time felt very sanguine of his recovery, altho’ after he bore the difficult journey home so well, we all fancied he would be able to surmount the remaining weak condition. But in looking back, I think the improvement was only imaginary and more what we were hoping for than what had really taken place.From his first arrival it was evident that he was a good deal bewildered, and tho’ this condition wore away very much, there were traces of it at times all the while. For two or three weeks we flat[?] told ourselves the improvement was coming, but his voice continued very weak, scarcely above a whisper, so that I never could hear him. Then there came a time when there seemed a complete standstill-- He took his food well &
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