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Flucker, Sarah Lyons (fl. 1784-1794) to Lucy Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05924 Author/Creator: Flucker, Sarah Lyons (fl. 1784-1794) Place Written: Hingham, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 16 September 1793 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 23 x 18.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Initialled by Sarah Lyons Flucker. This is written to Lucy Knox, the daughter of Henry and Lucy Knox. References Lucy's letter of 28 August. Sarah is concerned for the health of the Knox family because of the yellow fever outbreak. Tells her "Do not presume too much at being seven Miles from the scene of danger - but use powerful antiseptics untill that dreaded disorder be intirely from your City." Hopes her upcoming tour is not disappointing. Has not made plans for the tour, but hopes to travel under the protection "of some good Male" instead of with her family. Had a visit from Mrs. Colonel Smith [Abigail Adams Smith, the daughter of John and Abigail Adams] who is daily expecting Mr. Smith. Mentions other acquaintances and updates Lucy on the romantic scene around town. Makes references to needlework.

People: Beaumez, Sarah Lyons Flucker, fl. 1784-1801
Knox, Lucy Flucker, 1776-1854

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Yellow FeverWoman AuthorWomen's HistoryDiseaseChildren and FamilyWomen of the Founding EraHealth and MedicalTravelArtisansTextile

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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