Illness of Harriet Martineau, reported by Parker Pillsbury

“The numerous friends and admirers of Miss Martineau will read the following extract of a letter from Parker Pillsbury, dated Feb 15, with feelings of the deepest regret: ‘Miss Martineau is in the last stages of life.   The affection of the heart, from which she has long suffered, seems almost to have reached its crisis — a crisis always fatal.  Last week, she seemed almost gone.   She sent farewells to her friends, and arranged for her burial. This week she revives a little, and may live, possibly, a few months yet — though,  her physicians assure her she holds her life now only ‘from minute to minute’ “! (Liberator, March 9, 1855, pg 3)