|The Detroit Free Press, October 8, 1871 (enlarge)|
Her insanity was almost instantaneous as she began to frequent the child's grave, hovering about and spreading blankets across it in vain attempts to keep him warm. A decade passed and the grief persisted. During that time she confined herself to a bedroom and began writing verse concerning her dead child's perceived discomfort. The verses were later transferred to parchment which Mrs. Porter kept on her person for cold comfort. Years later when she was finally taken to Eloise the poems were left behind and caused the woman such emotional turmoil that they were retrieved and sent back to her.