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Catalog Number KSa044834
Collection Kate Strong Historical Library
Object Name Letter
Dates of Creation 1823/07/18
Scope & Content Scotchtown July 18th 1823
Dear Brother,
I receivd your letter which you sent by Esquire Hurtin last evening and was pleasd to receive a few lines from you, and to hear you were all well.
It is with an almost broken heart I communicate to you the situation of our family. My oldest daughter died yesterday about one o clock and the funeral today at 12 o clock. Her complaint has been a singular one. She was last winter sick a short time with a sore throat and the doctr said it was the quinzey. She appeard to have got well. But about three or four weeks ago she was taken with a sore throat again which the doctr cald the quinzey and attended a few times. It appeard to brake inside and dischargd a considerable out of her mouth. We expected she was getting better, but it seems an inflamation set in her throat and her throat mortified. The doctr with his medicine appeard to have cleansd the throat of all the mortified flesh and the doctr allowed she would recover.
Last Sunday she appeared quite smart but about --- (unknown) o clock on Sunday night she was taken with a faint spell. My wife, being up with her, cald me. We thought she was dying. By the time I got up, she had revivd and remind quite feeble untill Wednesday the 16th. In the morning she was materially worse with grain in her bowels and "great difficulty of breathing and died as above stated. She was a very promising girl which makes the stroke very heavy upon us. But we must submit to the dispensations of providence. Mr Baldwin preachd a fine affecting sermon from Genesis 42nd and 36 verse.
Please to inform our friends on the Island of our afflictions. Give my respects to all our friends on the Island and accept my best wishes for your happiness.
Seth Williamson
Notes - Purchased from Bernard Press by R. M. Gipson for the Museums