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Title Letter written by Adeline Wood Merrow on 1 October 1888
Object Name Letter
Scope & Content Letterhead:
Office of Fernandina Steam Saw Mill, C. H. Huot
Yellow pine lumber by the cargo
General Merchandise

Transcription of letter:
Oct. 1, 1888
My dear Gertie,
I thought perhaps you all had heard about the yellow fever being in Fernandina. When I wrote you last I told you how sickly it was here. I couldn't think it was the yellow fever but since I wrote you there has been six funeral a day and it seems half of the town is sick. Your Pa came in last Monday night and said they had pronounced it yellow fever. The New York steamship was at the dock just crowded could not take another one on. Well you ought to have seen your Pa. He was so frightened he frightened me. We went to bed but never slept a wink. Laid awake all night long....................... The next morning he was about half sick had a bad looking tongue (?)............he hasn't done much else but sun his tongue all this week and is himself. He is ever so much better today and I think he will be all right--and it made me about sick the thoughts of it. I could not but just do my work--every place was quarantine against. Mrs. Carris and family went the day before and in ? We felt just as though we was special. There was a Brig loading here. The Capt. told your Pa he wanted to take us on to N. Y. and would not charge us nothing for his passage. He might give him what he thought was bread was worth and that made me sick. The thought of going there in a sailing vessel. I told your Pa he might go and leave me but he wouldn't listen to that. It seems such along journey and such an expensive one being ???there just two months. But I think the worst of it is over with. Hasn't been any new cases for five days and the sick ones all seem to be doing very well. Your Pa says if it begins to spread here again we shall all leave. I feel dreadful it has broken (?) everything up so won't be anything a doing here for two long months. Your Pa had at one of the docks been to work about a month. His job was stopped and so has Arthur's schools until December. Sam and Arthur are real well. Arthur is as much as he can be. He think he can't go more. One shut the house all up at four o'clock and don't show our heads out after dark. Windows all down, sleep with shutters closed (?)--night air is poison. I have sulphur and ???on the stove nights. Your Pa got some cloth enough for four new sheets. I made them this week. Now Gertie don't worry about us. If your Pa keeps well we shall all do well enough. I have got Mrs. Roux finally taking care of it. While she is game, San thinks he is nice. I will close will write again soon let you know how we are getting along, every thing looks ??dark here now but we have all got to trust in the lord. Write soon.
With lots of love to all. from Ma

Description of gift: A letter written by my great-grandmother, Adeline Wood Merrow, from Fernandina to her daughter Gertrude Merrow Roux (my grandmother) who was visitng relatives in Maine. The letter was written in 1888 during an outbreak of yellow fever and demonstrates the fear and uncertainty of the moment. The letter was written from the Merrow home at 501 North Third Street.
Catalog Number 2008.003.001
Collection AIMH
Accession number 2008.003
Number of images 2
People Merrow, Adeline Wood
Roux, Gertrude Merrow
Huot, C. H.
Search Terms Yellow fever
Fernandina Steam Saw Mill
Subjects Sick persons
Classification Disasters