Volume/Folder: Rush family papers, Yellow Fever, 1793

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Record Number: 12467
Call number: Yi2 7251
Collection: Rush family papers [LCP.in.HSP134]
Volume: 35
Correspondent: Benjamin Rush, 1746-1813
Date of Original: 1793
Original Format: Manuscripts › Correspondence
Image description: Bound volume of incoming correspondence to Doctor Benjamin Rush regarding the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793 in Philadelphia. Letters are written by a variety of Philadelphians, many seeking treatment or aid in identifying symptoms of Yellow Fever. Some letters contain graphic descriptions of symptoms.

In 1869 Benjamin Rush’s son James bequeathed to the Library Company all the family papers in his possession, including those of his father. Sometime in the late 19th century, Library Company staff arranged all the letters and loose papers in several series and mounted them in scrapbook volumes. This volume is one of 45 similar ones in the Benjamin Rush section of the Rush Family Papers.

Rush family papers, 1748-1876, Library Company of Philadelphia.
A finding aid to this collection can be found here: http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/pacscl/detail.html?id=PACSCL_LCP_LCPRush