March 28, 1860
Frances Rolleston, as many people today, drove herself until exhausted. Why people do this is one question (FR thought it was part of her poetic disposition), but the question under consideration today is, How does one recover?
Here is what FR did:
"I know what over-work is, but it is not every one can sleep as I do ten hours after it, besides a short sleep after dinner. My other lulling soporific of strong six-shilling green tea, I am sure you cannot take--but both together have wonderfully set me up this evening."
FR was nearing 79 when she wrote this to a much younger woman.