From Staats Morris1
Fort McHenry [Baltimore, Maryland] September 23, 1799. “… I am extremely sorry to inform you Sir, that an epidemic is raging to an alarming degree in my Garrison, and on that account it is very fortunate that so many men have been sent out of the way of it. My nephew Lieut. Lawrence2 fell a victim to it yesterday, after only four days ilness. I shall this day give orders to have the men encamped at a distance from the barracks and shall remove my family immediately.…”
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. A resident of New York, Morris was a captain in the First Regiment of Artillerists and Engineers.
2. Thomas John Lawrence.