Archer, Robert (fl. 1840) to the governor & council of the state of Virginia
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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01896.011 Author/Creator: Archer, Robert (fl. 1840) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph document signed Date: no date Pagination: 7 p. ; 29 x 21 cm. Order a Copy
Regarding the present Quarantine establishment located on Tanners Creek 7 miles from Norfolk, acquisition and decrepit condition of the property and structures thereon, inability to bring boats up creek due to low-level of water, possible better sites, example of situation where new site could have been put to good use. Archer petitions the Virginia government for a quarantine area, with the example of "a vessel arrives, freighted if I may use the expression yellow fever; her crew lingering off a miserable existence, insulated by a cargo of animal and vegetable putrefaction." Dr. Archer had been health officer of the port of Norfolk during a yellow fever epidemic there in 1821.
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