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Beaumez, Sarah Lyons Flucker (fl. 1784-1801) to Lucy Knox

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.04381 Author/Creator: Beaumez, Sarah Lyons Flucker (fl. 1784-1801) Place Written: Antigua Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 8 October 1789 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Discusses the hurricane season and other extreme weather conditions in Antigua, such as a lengthy drought which caused cattle to die from want of drink. Speaks briefly about the natural features of the island that she does like. Explains her hope to visit America to see Lucy and her family, as well as her own apparently ailing father. Provides extensive news about other family members. Wishes Henry Knox and the children well.

People: Knox, Lucy Flucker, ca. 1756-1824.
Beaumez, Sarah Lyons Flucker, fl. 1784-1801.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Woman Author, Women's History, Women of the Founding Era, Disaster, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Geography and Natural History, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Caribbean, Children and Family, Health and Medical, Health and Medical, Extreme Weather

Sub Era: The Early Republic