Hester Sends For Help

Please deliver to Xiamara
Rocca Sorrentina

13 December, 1784

Dear Xiamara,
I have returned early from my trip away from this island.  I traveled only as far as Genoa before succumbing to fatigue and nausea.  I was unable to see Gabriel at all as he had commitments in Milan and Rome.  As soon as I was well enough to travel, I used what little energy I could muster to return to Rocca Sorrentina, where I now find myself in need of assistance. 

I remember in our last conversation you mentioned having had some experience as a healer of women.  Of course, you said you had not much training and very little experience in midwifery, but when I mentioned to the professor that I was seeking medical help, he suggested I contact you.  So it seems you have his endorsement and that is quite enough recommendation for me. 

I have not yet seen my husband and it is still early, so some discretion is called for.  I hope you will come to see me at the villa where I am held captive in my rooms by utter exhaustion and biliousness. I experienced this to a more minor degree during previous pregnancies and wonder if there might be something you can give to ease my discomfort.  Of course, I am older now, so it is possible that discomfort is normal at this stage. 

Please come at your earliest availability.
Mrs. Hester Piozzi

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