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While they were traveling in Hertfordshire, Gipsy’s
sister became ill. His father quickly headed for the
nearest town to find a doctor. Gipsy wrote, “The
doctor mounted the steps of the wagon and leaning
over the door called my sister to him and examined
her. He did not enter our poor wagon. We were only
Gypsies.” 4 The doctor informed Cornelius that his
daughter had small pox and that they had to leave
town immediately. He sent them to Norton Lane,
which was about one and a half miles away. The father
left his wife and four children in the tent while he took
wrote, “The Gypsies themselves do not believe this; they the sick child to the wagon to care for her. Within a
know that fortune-telling is a mere cheat, but they are not short time, another child had small pox, so now there
averse to making profit out of the folly and superstition of were two patients to care for.

gorgios.” 2 Gorgios is what Gypsies called people who were
olly prepared food and put it on the ground
not Gypsies.

between the tent and the wagon. Her husband
A s Gypsies, the Smith family was always on the move.

They traveled in the counties of Essex, Suffolk,
Norfolk, Cambridge, Bedford, and Hertford. Gipsy said, “I
had no education and no knowledge of Gorgio civilization,
and I grew up as wild as the birds, frolicsome as the lambs
and as difficult to catch as the rabbits. All the grasses and
Ibid., p.25.

2 P
collected it and took it to the sick children. Polly’s
heart was breaking for her children. She feared that
they would die and she would not even be with them.

Every day when she delivered the food, she got a little
closer to the wagon until one day she came too close,
and she became sick. The doctor told Cornelius the
Ibid., 25.

Ibid., 27.

3 4
Albert Anker’s “Fortune Teller” via Wikimedia Commons
The gypsy caravan, by Thomas Corsan Morton, 1904. Public Domain
flowers and trees of the field and all living things were
my friends and companions.” 3
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