Elizabeth Trist to Catherine Wistar Bache

I am uneasy my Dr friend at not hearing from you for so long a period hope you have had no new cause of distress in your family. The Country begins to be very sickly several families in this Village are down with violent Bilious fevers as yet there has been no mortality, except a young Lady by the name of Bulen Lippincot who was on a visit to a friend a few miles from this—the young Ladys life is also dispared off they got the fever near the shore where they went in Company with ten all but one of the number was taken with the fever my friends have all as yet escaped except S. M Thompson who had a severe attack but is now convelescent

I wrote to the President to be satisfied of certainty of the report of William Browns being taken and by the last mail I got his answer which is as follows,

Dr Madam your letter of the 27th august has just come to hand that inclosing the papers from Mrs Jones2 having been previously recd

It appears by Mr Pinkneys communication that W Brown, being compleately in his power had given up between 30 and 40 thousand Dollars and there was some prospect of getting from him a further sum, which however was not likely to be very considerable I sincerely wish not only on public account, but for the sake of those innocently Affected by his misfortune that the intire recoveries may satisfy the claims of the U.S. But this is the less to be hoped, as it is not easy to explain the elopement without supposing that pecuniary trespasses had been before committed. which could not long be conceald, and which will be brought to light by an examination of his accounts with the public. I shall make no comments not having a moment longer to write The Carriage is waiting to take us to Holly. I expect to see you in about a fortnight on our way to Virginia with love to the family I am yours most sincerely

E Trist
RC (PPAmP: Catherine Wistar Bache Papers); partially dated; addressed: “Mrs Cathrine Bache Franklin Court Philadelphia”; stamped; postmarked Mount Holly, 18 Sept.
1Omitted year editorially supplied based on Trist to James Madison, 27 Aug. 1810 (Madison, Papers, Pres. Ser., 2:497–98).
2Manuscript: “Mrs Jones Mrs Jones.”
Catharine Wistar Bache
Date Range
September 15, 1810