Jacksonville, Fla. Letter to "Dear Mother...We are gradually getting packed we have a man engaged to come Monday and pack the furniture. I shall take a room with Gracie and Nora and our plan is to have John Archie and Edie go on Thursday's Steamer. This sickness has been a most dreadful misfortune to us. If I could possibly have got Johnnie off by himself I should have done so but he would not hear to anything of the sort he is terribly weak and exhausted that seems to be all Dr. Mallett thinks a change of air will bring him up very quickly. The children are improving but very slowly. Grace talks continually, when her fever is on, of Aunt Celia's bread and milk..." On letterhead stationery: Florida Literary and News Bureau, John P. Varnum, Manager [Late Managing Editor News-Herald.] Note: Jacksonville experienced a virulent yellow fever epidemic in July-August 1888., 1888-05-18 Box 1, Folder 31
Dyer Varnum, Josephine L., "Letter: Mrs. Josephine L. Dyer Varnum to her Mother, May 18, 1888" (1888). Correspondence: Mrs. John P. Varnum (Josephine L. Dyer "Josie"), 1871 - 1888. 7.