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Letter from James Reed to Daniel Burton [Extract]
Reed, James, d. 1777
January 14, 1766
Volume 07, Page 154

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[N. C. Letter Book S. P. G.,]
Letter from Mr Reed to the Secretary. Extract.

Newbern January 14th 1766

Reverend Sir

—We have suffered the most intense heat during the last summer that ever was known in the memory of man, and about the middle of August I was seized with the yellow Fever—The attack was exceeding violent, but soon over as is common in that disorder and left me exceeding deaf. Since that time I have enjoyed as good a state of health as ever I did since I came into America my hearing excepted which gives me great uneasiness.

Mr Stewart was brought here in an Horse litter about a month ago and has been ever since under the care of the Doctor—This afflicted Brother has lost the use of his limbs with the Rheumatism and can hardly support his own weight with the assistance of a pair of Crutches—He intends for England in the spring and to try whether dipping in the sea during the passage will not relieve him.

I am sorry to acquaint you the Schoolhouse still goes on very slowly occasioned by the Impediments mentioned in my last and particularly at present by the distracted and confused situation of affairs in this American world Tho' the people here are peaceable and quiet yet they seem very uneasy discontented and dejected—The Courts of Justice are in a great measure shut up and tis expected that in a few weeks there will be a total stagnation of Trade—

I am &c