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Williams, Jonathan (1750-1815) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05939 Author/Creator: Williams, Jonathan (1750-1815) Place Written: Mount Pleasant, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 October 1793 Pagination: 2 p. : address ; 25 x 19.2 cm.

Summary of Content: Reports that he just came from Knox's house in Philadelphia and that everything is well. Says the servants are prudent for locking the gate to prevent anyone "from coming unawares." Says "I think you may be perfectly easy as to danger, the malady is a contagious one, not communicable at a distance." Claims the city is still in distress though. Believes it will only get better with a snowstorm or frost. Says medical aid is only effective "where the disease is not confirmed, and where the natural powers of the body are able to support it." "Free" stamped on address leaf with no signature. "Yellow Fever of 1793 at Philad" noted on address leaf in pencil.

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

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: DiseaseRevolutionary War GeneralYellow FeverHealth and MedicalServant

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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