Chapter 03 Dearest Mary

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Liverpool February 14,  1838 The desk of  William Rathbone IV (Dr Dolittle)

Dear Mary,

If by chance you haven’t anything better to do than to bother me with your letters, then you could at least share with me your experience in London as I did not get invited. The things here in Liverpool are disastrous and I may not live to see 50 but like you wrote, I think it is the best thing that could have ever happened to me with the exception that I have lost my faith in God. How could a good and loving God allow such disease and pestilence to exist?  I know you say that God does not have anything to do with these things than who does?   Your hopping around Paris and London and getting invited to court albeit posthumously you have no idea what it means to be around the dead every day.  It is not fun.   You talk about the enlightenment and the renaissance and yet I do not see Jesus anywhere in Liverpool, but maybe he is in Utah or someplace like that.  Maybe that penny-a-page writer and pinch of a thief they call  “Joseph Smith” can give you what you want,  write him a letter but I have many patients that I have to attend to here at the Liverpool infirmary.

So this is my recruitment letter to you. I am taking  the opportunity now to warn you to stay away from Liverpool. The Liverpool infirmary took 6 years to build and was brought about by another one those poor people’s plagues and I am afraid things are not much better. The infirmary has attracted more people and many saintly people to the township since its opening, but the unsanitary conditions that led to widespread illness and its opening still exist. We were founded in 1743 by the grace of God and a generous grant from the Earl of Derby and opened our doors on 25th of March 1749 six years later.   The first Infirmary cost £2,600  British pounds to build and was expanded in 1771 and upgrades occur as money is made available.  I can offer you a bed in the infirmary and a modest salary as a “nurse” and as I need not remind you,  you did not become doctor to treat the dead but resurrect the living and if you do come,  no foolish talk about the Vatican and their new monster, we have enough of them already in Europe.  The installations are clean and very sanitized.  I can offer you one assistant. She is a student of excellent character and of good reputation who stayed on as a volunteer after the holidays and her name is Florence.  She reminds me of you when you were younger.  I am sending you a high quality photograph of a small section of the one the halls you will be working in should you accept my offer.

Cordially

Dr. William (Dolittle)

May God Bless the Queen

Photograph of Liverpools Infirmary Ca 1800’s

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