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Vetch, Margaret to Alida Livingston re: gratitude for watching Alida Vetch

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03107.02300 Author/Creator: Vetch, Margaret Place Written: London, [England] Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1723/02/22 Pagination: 2p. + addr. + dock 22.9 x 18.4 cm

Summary of Content: Margaret thanks her mother for taking care of her daughter Alida, and explains that the small pox is so fatal in London that she would be uneasy having her there.

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Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: EpidemicMedical HistoryWoman AuthorWomen's HistoryChildren and FamilyHealth and MedicalDiseaseDeathSmallpoxGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign Policy

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