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Holmes, Silas (fl. 1775-1783) to W. S. Smith

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02582 Author/Creator: Holmes, Silas (fl. 1775-1783) Place Written: Norwich, Connecticut Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 September 1783 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 32.3 x 20.5 cm.

Praises a Doctor Bayley for his humanitarian effort and attitude toward the sick and wounded in his care. Noted as a retained copy and on the verso as "No. 2".


Copy - Norwich 29th. Sept. 1783 -

I have yours of the 10th. inst. - I will endeavour to give you as concise a detail of Doctor Bayley's conduct towards the wounded prisoners in 76 - as I can now retain -
When I first saw Doctor Bayley he expressed sorrow that the wounded had been so long neglected - He declared that nothing in his power should be wanting to make them as comfortable as their situation would admit of - We accordingly had an alteration in provisions for the [butter] and medicine such as I made a Bill of - together with a Quantity of wine, sugar & c -
He also furnished every Man with a Bed - Sack, sheet & Blankett - and assisted in dressing once a day - Exercising Judgment and Skill in his profession & the Humanity of a generous Enemy - Thus Sir I have given the outlines of the Doctors Conduct towards the wounded - But shall not do justice to him, if I do not declare to you, that his conduct, was not only such, as we had a right to expect from a generous Enemy, but such as would meet with approbation from a freind -
I am sir
Your most Obt. Sr.
Silas Holmes

W.S. Smith Esqr.

No. 2 -

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