Feb. 23, 1861
To Mrs. Cole:
Your letter of the 12th was received just as I was leaving for Belfast, and upon my return, I was sick, so this is the first time I have had to reply. What you say about your child must take place, for you remember what I told you about his chest, how full it was. This fullness was a deposit of heat that forced itself through the lungs and pores to the surface and affected the muscles around the chest. This made him nervous and caused the heat to go to his head, as it did in your case; this heat was the cause of your color and his asthma. Now when this passes down, it will condense into water and pass off in a diarrhea. So although it may seem as though your child was worse, it seems to me that he ought to get well; for he could never recover while this heat went to his head. Let him drink cold water, and I cannot help feeling that a change must take place before long.
You know how it was with you. To reverse the action is not a very easy task, but if you wait patiently, I can't help thinking it will take place. I remember the case well and shall at intervals use my power to correct the error.
Hoping you may see some favorable effect soon,
I remain, etc.