Medical update from the frigate U.S.S. United States

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Date October 10, 1797
Author Name George Gillaspy (primary)
Recipient Name William Simmons (primary)
Summary Personal letter from Gillaspy, Surgeon's Mate, to Simmons. Gillaspy notes that he has not been well since he last saw Simmons. Mentions medical situation on the Navy frigate U.S.S. United States. One fellow has died. Gillaspy surmises that Simmons has heard about his fate. The old fellow gave several severe jerks. Gillaspy remains very weak, is unable to walk, speak, or eat...still tormented. He appointed [D. Bullen?] as mate...his acceptance has not been sent yet. Gillaspy closes by noting this is his first attempt and he is tired...his nurse is holding him. He sends his best to the Simmons family and asks that Simmons write a few lines back.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups William Simmons; George Gillaspy; U.S.S. United States; United States Navy; W. Hagner;
Related Places Baltimore; Falls Schuylkill River; ;
Keywords shipboard sickness; frigate; ;
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