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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Bushrod Washington and Social Distancing

Here is a letter from Bushrod to Judge Richard Peters dated September 25, 1803:

The yellow fever in Alexandria prevented me from returning the favor [of your letter] as soon as I otherwise should have done.

The unpleasant intelligence respecting the prevailing disorder in Philadelphia is greatly authenticated by the account you give me of your own health. I had hoped that having escaped until this late period, the City would for this season at least have been spared. . . . But as things are I do not see that any good could result to suitors from our attempting to do business, and unless this could be effected there is no sufficient equivalent for the risk we should incur. The request of the gentlemen of the bar confirmed by your opinion is entirely satisfactory to me, and therefore I shall be much obliged to you to attend (if you safely can) and adjourn the [Circuit] Court to the next Term. 

Posted by Gerard Magliocca on March 26, 2020 at 09:37 PM | Permalink

Comments

Nifty parallel.

On another blog, the author wrote about the 25A and self-quarantine.

Boris Johnson is doing the latter but says as of now he will continue to lead the country remotely.

Posted by: Joe | Mar 27, 2020 11:15:05 PM

Go, Bushrod!

Posted by: thegreatdisappointment | Mar 27, 2020 3:01:37 AM

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