Clarkson, Matthew

1793 ALS to state Comptroller General John Nicholson from the Philadelphia mayor, a hero of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic a few months after

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(1733-1800) Philadelphia justice of court of common pleas, quarter sessions of the peace, and of the Philadelphia orphans’ court in 1771 and 1772; elected to the Continental Congress in 1785, but did not serve; member of the board of aldermen 1789; mayor of Philadelphia 1792-1796. As mayor, Clarkson worked tirelessly to help the sick during the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 when 10 percent of the city's population died of the disease. Mayor Clarkson was the first municipal official in the United States to seek help from a medical academy and arranged a key role for The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, inc. Dr. Benjamin Rush, in helping the city respond to the crisis. 6 ˝ x 8 ALS, (Philadelphia), April 30 1793, to John Nicholson, enclosing (not present), an extract from a letter from Joseph Smith to his father-in-law brought to Clarkson for his inspection and Clarkson believes Comptroller General Nicholson "should be acquainted with it." Docketed by Nicholson on verso. Written shortly before the outbreak that summer of the yellow fever epidemic in the nation’s capital which was swollen with thousands of refugees from Santo Domingo fleeing the slave revolt there. The Caribbean immigrants did carry the fever with them and the highly contagious disease found a welcome host in the fetid, dirty, and cramped environment of Philadelphia. John Nicholson (?) was the state’s Comptroller General and a land speculation partner of Robert Morris. By 1787 Nicholson owned 3.7 milion acres in Pennsylvania. Nicholson was also a friend and client of Aaron Burr.

Condition: Good, top left and lower right corners lost, light toning, careful few repairs verso
Type:Letter






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