Letter from Arthur to his sister Margaret, 19 September 1906
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Sept. 19, 1906 (evening)
I hope it will suit you to come on Saturday. Sylvia was at first inclined to shrink from seeing anyone, but now she wishes to have you here, and I am sure you will be a great help to her and me and all of us.
Of course what I care about now is to give her all the support I can, and also, if the worst comes, to leave her with memories of the remaining time which will afterwards be a comfort rather than an unhappiness. I myself have consolations and even occasions of poignant happiness such as could not come to any man who had no wife and children. My burden is far less heavy than Sylvia’s.
We are telling as few people as possible at present.
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