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From Thomas Boylston Adams to William Smith Shaw, 23 July 1799

Philadelphia 23d: July [17]99

Dear William

I have just come to Town after a weeks absence, with the intention of removing a small portion of baggage, which I had left behind, & return again this evening to the Country. The weather has been quite temperate during the last week and few, if any, new cases of the fever have occurred; indeed there is no unusual mortality at present, and we earnestly hope there will be none, but the season has not yet come. If the month of August should pass over with as little cause of alarm as the present has thus far, I shall feel a confidence that the City will escape the calamity and I shall return immediately to it. I enclose you a very recent publication of Dr: Rush on the subject, which you will be glad to see.

I wrote a letter to my Mother two days ago & intended to bring it to Town with me, but forgot it, so you must give my best love instead of it, & promise the letter speedily—

People here are very angry at the Bostonians for impeding the commercial intercourse in consequence of the rumors of fever. Coming in the Stage this morning, I heard some Quakers complain of its being an hasty & illiberal measure—I judge not between you—

Thanks for the Oration, which I read with much pleasure. What sort of a Commencement had you?

T B Adams.

MWA: Adams Papers.

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