"I had often "a little fever", or a little touch of other things"

Conrad’s experience in the Congo would not only haunt his imagination; it also seriously impaired his health. On the return voyage down the Congo River, the steamer’s crew racked with dysentery, Conrad went down with acute fever and was prematurely forced back to England. In London he remained in hospital for six weeks. He would suffer from the effects of rheumatism and intermittent attacks of malarial gout and fever for the rest of his life.