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Extract of a letter from William Stephens esq. to his Excellency James Jackson, dated Savannah 6th June 1800.
"From the raging of the small pox in Town and Country, "it appears, that neither Judge Clay, nor myself will be able to "attend the Senatus Academicus, and on this point we conferred "with Judge Carnes, wishing that if it were possible that an adjourn "ment could take place. I have 18 or 20 in family to be inoculated, "and of course humanity, and interest, both demand my attention, "and the situation of W. Clay must be still more anxious, as his "children (two of them) and a number of his negroes are to take the "disorder. If it were proper for you to notify this fact, it would at "least be gratifying. but these indulgencies, must not be too easily "granted. true, but if we from the seat of infection, spread the "disease in the Western Country, it will be said we ought to have "been interdicted."
"Taken from the Original"