[Maryland] Yellow Fever Document. Three pages, 7.5" x 12.25", ca. 1793, likely written in Baltimore to Governor Thomas Sim Lee of Maryland and signed by nearly forty Baltimore citizens. The document concerns "the dreadful [yellow] Fever, then prevailing in the City of Philadelphia". Page one is backed with tissue; page two and three have been reinforced at folds and restored at lower margin. Very good.

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    This document recommends John Worthington to be the Health Officer for the Port of Baltimore "to protect the said Town from the dreadful Fever, then prevailing in the City of Philadelphia". Signers include Samuel Smith, a future veteran of the War of 1812; Robert Smith, who would later serve as the second secretary of the navy; and Robert Gilmore, merchant and distinguished early autograph collector.


    Thomas Sim Lee served as Maryland governor 1780-1782 and again 1793-1794. His second term coincided with the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793.

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