I'm going where I will be wanted and appreciated.
I want you.
I'll have to go look for Lavinia. You be a good child now, Letty, and stay right by the chest. Don't leave it for anything
Oh no! Help!
NO that's not it. I've lost my family. I'm in the wrong place! Ihave to get off!
You shouldn't look down at the sea you know. That'll make you feel sicker.
Don't fuss. They can't get far. I'm Jemima. What's your name?
Letty is a little girl who lives in Gravesend, England. She has brown hair that goes all the way up to her shoulders, blue eyes and rosy red cheeks. Letty has an older sister called Lavinia, a baby stepbrother, Charlie, and two little sisters, Fanny and Florence. Lavinia is packing her stuff into a large chest to leave to go to Australia. Letty wants her to stay, but it's no use.
Excuse me! Help us please my sister shouldn't be on board.
Your sister must remain on board.
After Lavinia finished packing. They headed to the docks, when they got there Lavinia needed to go to the bathroom.So she went. Lavinia was running late, so Papa told Letty to stay with the chest while he goes and finds Lavinia. After Papa left, a man came walking out of the ship asking Letty if the chest needed to go on the ship.
Does she have red spots on her back?
I'll get her taken to the hospital.She has ship fever.
Letty didn't know what to do. She obeyed her fathers rule and stayed with the chest by sitting on it. But the men carried it on the ship anyway so Letty ended up on the ship. Before she could run out, the ship was already on the water. Letty cried for help. A little girl round about her age came by and introduced herself. Her name was Jemima.
Letty told Jemima that she needed to find her sister so she described what Lavinia looked like and they both started looking. "Lavinia" Jemima called, she had spotted Lavinia. When Lavinia turned around she took Letty to the doctor to tell him Letty was not supposed to be on the ship. Jemima left because she didn't want to be around Lavinia when she was angry
One day Lavinia woke up but didn't move. Letty thought she was just sleeping so she went upstairs to go clean the floor. When she came back Lavinia still hadn't moved. Letty went up to the doctor and told him about her sister. He came and looked at her then asked Letty to check if Lavinia had red spots on her back and she did." Lavinia has ship fever" the doctor said.
Lavinia moved into the hospital, Letty had to do everything herself now. She visited and looked after Lavinia everyday still. One day Jemima and her mother got sick as well, but not as sick as Lavinia. Now Letty had to help three patients. The ship food that Letty had been feeding Lavinia just seemed to make her sicker. So Letty decided to find a way to get better food.