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Williams, Jonathan (1750-1815) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05926 Author/Creator: Williams, Jonathan (1750-1815) Place Written: Mount Pleasant, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 18 September 1793 Pagination: 3 p. : address ; 25.3 x 19.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Reports on the situation at Yorktown. Says a wagon load of clothing arrived for troops stationed there. The wagon driver and his assistant died of yellow fever and the townspeople decided to burn the clothing. Mentions meeting a party of troops marching toward Lancaster and believes they will protect other clothing shipments "and take all reasonable means of satisfying the people as to the prevention of further communication of the disorders; So far as those in advanced are exposed, no remedy can arrive in time for the evil." Says he just returned from Knox's "deserted mansion" and saw his infant in good health. Believes there is no danger as long as there is no communication with Philadelphia, which he told Knox's servants to avoid. Reports "The malady I hear abates, & indeed the approaching cool Season must check it." "Free" stamped on address leaf with no signature.

People: Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Yellow FeverDiseaseHealth and MedicalMilitary HistoryMilitary SuppliesMilitary UniformsClothing and AccessoriesDeathBuilding ConstructionChildren and FamilyServant

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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