from Van Helsing
to Mrs Harker
"I pray you to pardon my writing, in that I am so far friend
as that I sent to you sad news of Miss Lucy Westenra's death. By the kindness
of Lord Godalming, I am empowered to read her letters and papers, for I am deeply
concerned about certain matters vitally important. In them I find some letters
from you, which show how great friends you were and how you love her.
Madam Mina, by that love, I implore you, help me. It is for others' good that
I ask, to redress great wrong, and to lift much and terrible troubles, that may
be more great than you can know.
May it be that I see you? You can trust
me. I am friend of Dr. John Seward and of Lord Godalming (that was Arthur of Miss
Lucy). I must keep it private for the present from all. I should come to Exeter
to see you at once if you tell me I am privilege to come, and where and when.
I implore your pardon, Madam. I have read your letters to poor Lucy, and know
how good you are and how your husband suffer.
So I pray you, if it may
be, enlighten him not, least it may harm. Again your pardon, and forgive me.