Autograph letter, signed E. W. Hamilton, to John H. Dawson in New Orleans, concerning smallpox vaccination.

Ouachita, Arkansas, March 26, 1849. Stampless cover, 1 page on a double sheet,9.88 x 7.5 inches, approx. 200 words. Some light toning and foxing; in very good condition. Item #18987

Hamilton thanks Dawson for a consignment of hay, powder and shot, and asks how Dawson wants to settle up accounts; Hamilton then sends a few sentences of sympathy for a William Hall, who is ailing, presumably with smallpox, noting “he is really, to be pitied; poor fellow – but trust that, he may shortly, be restored, to his wonted health —— The small pox should be guarded against by all means, but I cannot procure any vaccine up here – I wish you would endeavour, to send me some, of the *virus* or a *scab* if no *better* can be procured, as the latter, is most frequently, the least to be depended on.” Edward Wilkinson Hamilton (1804-1855) was born in Charleston County, S.C., son of the South Carolina governor Paul Hamilton; Edward became a physician, lived briefly in Alabama, and died in Ouachita County. John H. Dawson came from another Charleston family; he was a senior partner in the cotton traders and wholesale merchants Dawson & Pipkin in New Orleans, with a brother who had a plantation in Ouachita County. (See the John H. Dawson Papers, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.).

Price: $250.00