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Smith, William Stephens (1755-1816) to Silas Holmes

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02489 Author/Creator: Smith, William Stephens (1755-1816) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 10 September 1783 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 31.3 x 20.8 cm.

Asks for information about the treatment of prisoners at a hospital "at flat bush on Long Island." Has heard that Holmes was a prisoner of the British army and while held as a prisoner worked under Dr. Bayley. Wonders about Dr. Bayley's treatment of the wounded. Noted as a copy.

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