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Catalog Number 2016.02.0058
Object Name Letter
Date 1832
Title 1832 July 3 John Knox to Margaretta Brown
Scope & Content Letter from John Knox (New York, NY) to Margaretta Brown (Frankfort, KY). Knox discusses a trip West he began with friends, but turned back due to reports of cholera in Canada. He provides updates on his wife Euphemia and other family members and friends. He also remarks on how quiet the city of New York is on the eve of July 4th. [The cholera outbreak did hit New York in July 1832]

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New York July 3. 1832.

Mrs Brown

My dear Madam, I have recently experienced a disappointment in which without any lack of kind & benevolent feeling I must be permitted to express the hope that you will sympathize - Altho my health is generally pretty good-so that by the inordence of a gracious Providence I am able to go through my professional duties without interruption, & with a tolerable degree of comfort, I have believed that a pretty long journey might be of essential service in recruiting my strength-& at the same time afford a high degree of personal gratification, in visiting new places & old friends-Accordingly, a little more than two weeks ago, I set off in company with a very interesting & dear young clerical friend in feeble health for the far west-Our plan contemplated that he & I should travel to Pittsburgh on horseback- Mr Duncan was to follow us thither in the stage- there meet us & there leaving our horses, the trio to proceed by steamboat to Maysville or Cincinnati - visit Frankfort - cross the river visit some friends in Ohio -return to Pittsburgh.- Mr Duncan thence home by stage - My other friend & myself by the way of Niagara, home- & really my heart was not a little set on the journey - We equestrians had proceeded as far as McConnellsburgh Penn-a & were gaining in health & strength daily-There the news from New York on the subject of Cholera in Canada, & indicating the considerable panic of feeling overtook us.-I felt it impossible to prosecute my journey & increase the distance of separation from my family with any comfort-- & under these promptings set my face Eastward - When on my return I reached Balt. Mr Duncan was very much disappointed-His preparations for commencing the journey were nearly complete--& he urged its recommencement, on my part with more pertinacity than he has ever pressed any other subject upon me - But, it could not be done-- & here I am & thankful to an overruling Providence that I am here -For at length the fearful scourge that has smitten Asia & Europe, is in the midst of us-The public journals will tell you all the details - The City has been thoroughly cleansed - & every means employed to mitigate its severity-physical & moral - The pious part of our citizens have devoted a day to fasting & joint supplication before the mercy seat -- & we desire to trust & hope in God - to wait for, & submit to his holy will - Judgment is his strange work in mercy the delights -
There does not at present appear any general panic - Many are leaving the City - but physicians rather dissuade from doing so - My family - & all of the connexion are still in town - & all pretty well - Mrs Mason's health is comfortable - not strong - she was with Euphemia during my absence - & spent last night & to-day with us. - Mrs Lindsey has been subjected to several attacks of intermittent fever --- John Mason & some of his children -& 3 or 4 of our children have been similarly affected - Euphemia & myself with two of our children made a visit to New Rochelle yesterday aft.n & returned this morning - all well there - Mr Blanvett shows some of the infirmities of age-It is now the eve of the anniversary of our Nat.l independence- All is comparatively quiet - There is an awe spread over the face of the city - There will be no parades - no public feasting to-morrow - Many of the churches will be open for religious service - May the dispensations of heaven be sanctified -- & mercy triumph over all our ill deserts - & we be enabled to perceive & rejoice in the wisdom of our Fathers Providence - I hope that I am not stricken from the list of those favored by your correspondence - Amelia has rec.d your letter to her - Please to present my affectionate regards to Mr Brown & your sons --& for yourself accept the assurance of most cordial & enduring esteem - & of prayers that you may be blessed in all that pertains to you -from your friend & serv.t
John Knox

Mrs Brown

[Address Block]
Mrs Brown
in care of Hon. John Brown
Frankfort
Kentucky

[Postmark]
New York
July 5
People Margaretta Mason Brown
John Knox
Euphemia Provoost Mason Knox
Ann Mason
Search Terms Cholera