Charleston, S.C. Walker, Evans & Co., Steam Printers, 1859. First edition. 8vo, pamphlet inserted into modern wrappers, 30 pages. A few light spots of foxing and some scattered small stains; a very good copy. Item #14152
"The suggestion that these cemeteries are prolific sources of yellow fever, seems to your Memorialists--many of whom have resided for many years in this city--altogether gratuitous and utterly inconsistent with well known facts. . . . the common burial ground or Potters Field, during all the time it was so used, was one of the healthiest, and even a resort from the contagion of yellow fever." The yellow fever was epidemic in Charleston in 1858 and the Charleston City Council introduced a bill to outlaw further interments in the city in the interests of public health. Memorials from numerous citizens made it clear that this did not meet with universal approval; the council committee on its part notes somewhat peevishly, "Your Committee has never said, and do not now say, that epidemical fever 'has in any instance, or to any extent, been *caused* by the effluvia supposed to proceed from these graveyards.'" The committee also includes much detail on scientific understanding of decay and disease, early urban planning, and much calculated to sway wavering voters: "A gentleman, on passing ------ church yard, observed several boys running about the graves. On going in, to ascertain what they were about, he discovered that they were actually playing 'foot ball,' by kicking a couple of skulls around, that had just been thrown from a new made grave." Sabin 12073n. OCLC notes six locations (MH the only institution above the Mason-Dixon line). Small slightly later shelfmark label at the head of the title page.