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Clarkson, Matthew (1733-1800) to John Nicholson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01221.03 Author/Creator: Clarkson, Matthew (1733-1800) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 31 December 1793 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 23.9 x 18.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by Clarkson, the mayor of Philadelphia, to Nicholson, a famous land speculator, as comptroller general of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. References Nicholson's letter of 26 December 1793. Says he has passed its contents on to the "Committee for the relief of the poor & distressed Citizens" who have been suffering from the "malignant disorder" - yellow fever. They accepted it with thanks and "will cheerfully undertake the distribution thereof as comfortably to your wishes as possible." Small hole where seal was removed. Paper has a watermark.

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Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Charity and PhilanthropyGovernment and CivicsYellow FeverHealth and MedicalDisease

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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