May 4th 1853
I am sorry to burden you with my troubles when you have so much to occupy your thoughts at this time, but I absolutely must speak and there is no other person on this good earth that I trust more than you. I know that what I tell you will stay with you and not reach the ears of any other living soul, save for the whisperings you may make to your unborn child. I fear, however, such actions may taint the pure innocence of that child – should it understand you.
My duty as a wife prevents me from writing any more here. I simply must see you at your earliest convenience. I shall tell the boy to wait for your instruction,