My dear Brother
I had proposed to come & see you on Saturday last but hearing of the dangerous sickness of my Aunt Adams I was induced to visit Quincy. She has been afflicted with a violent bilious fever, which has left her almost prostrate. I came to town last evening. This morning Dr Welsh who stayed there yesterday came to town & informed me that the symptoms were little more favorable but I fear the worst—I wish you to communicate these melancholy apprehensions to my dear Sister in a way that you may think most proper I am going to Quincy this afternoon
I am dear Brother & Sister yours affectionately
W. S. Shaw
DLC: Shaw Family Papers.