Hore Browse Trist to Elizabeth Trist

Dear Grandmother

We arrived here about two weeks ago, though we were not [. . .] away as you would have concluded from the effects of the disease, as the town is not more unhealthy than usual. I Suppose in the northward the plague is thought to be raging in New Orleans, as the Americans have a natural dread of the climate of this State & they have been such sufferers by the fevers which are So common here. the poor have also experienced great inconveniences by the inundation: it destroyed [their] orchards, gardens &c they were also obliged to [. . .] in the city, and hire lodgings at an extravagant price, the persons who let them taking advantage of the public calamity. the mayor was obliged to issue a proclamation in which he forbid persons from renting their houses at such an extravagant rate. I was very happy on my arrival to find all the family in good health but Nicholas and Julian have been very ill since, indeed little Julian was near dying. they are however recovering fast. Julian is a sweet little fellow and we would have felt his loss exceedingly. The change of air has [. . .] reestablishing Grandmother Browns health. She has not been ill since she left the highlands. I was very much pleased that in your last letter to mother you mentioned nothing of your rheumatism, and you will find great consolation in the [. . .] who I Suppose are with you by this time. Uncle William [. . .] wrote to Mother by the last mail in which he informs her that [. . .] had arrived who had been a passenger on board the ship aunt Harriet went on that all the passengers had landed in good health. He has not yet seen the gentleman. when he does he will give us further information. what a horrid murder that was which you related to me in your last letter. if the old man has recovered his senses how dreadful must be his feelings and reflections. his poor wife must also be in a dreadful state after seeing her children murdered by their own father. we could not procure la Baumes narrative it must be very interesting, there are several now published concerning Napoleon, and it is Said that there have been great debates in Parliament about the legality of detaining him prisoner in the Iland of St Helena. Poor fellow his boundless ambition was the cause of his ruin; I dare say he often repents of ever having set his foot in Russia, Some say that the great inclemency of the Season was the principal cause of the [. . .] loss he experienced. I cannot Say any thing more in this letter as my Mother wishes put a postcript to it all the family join with me in love and esteem to you and my cousins. Adieu dear Grandmother.

your affectionate son
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RC (NcU: NPT); with Mary Trist Jones Tournillon to Elizabeth Trist, 28 Aug. 1816, subjoined; several words illegible due to moisture damage; addressed: “Mrs Elizabith Trist Care of Peachy R Gilmer Esqr Henry Court House Virginia”; stamped; postmarked La Fourche, 29 Aug.; endorsed by recipient: “Mrs Tournillon.”

disease: Yellow Fever.

The narrative, initially published in France in 1815, was A Circumstantial Narrative of the Campaign in Russia, embellished with Plans of the Battles of the Moskwa and Malo-Jaroslavitz, containing A Faithful Description of the Affecting and Interesting Scenes of which the Author was an Eye-Witness, by Eugène Labaume (1817).

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August 28, 1816