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this scourge would be of great importance to him. His letters of this date to his father are full of the subject, and of his own efforts to ascertain the best means of prevention and defense.
The following answer to an appeal from his mother shows, however, that his delays caused anxiety at home, lest the small means he could devote to his studies in Paris should be consumed on the road.
To his mother. Carlsruhe, November, 1831.
. . . I returned day before yesterday from my trip in Wurtemberg, and though I already knew what precautions had been taken everywhere in anticipation of cholera, I do not think my journey was a useless one, and am convinced that my observations will not be without interest,—chiefly for myself, of course, but of utility to others also I hope.
Your letter being so urgent, I will not, however, delay my departure an instant.
Between to-day and to-morrow I shall put in order the specimens lent me by the Museum, and then start at once. . . . In proportion