Eleanor Hall Douglas Papers, 1798–1845
Augusta County, Georgia
The collection opens with a 1798 letter from J. Hall of Warrenton, Virginia, to his brother in Staunton, Virginia, announcing the birth of a son and the purchase of a new tobacco plantation, asking for information about the family and commenting on the need for military preparation to counter the threat of war with France. In 1825 a lengthy letter from T. Johnson of Philadelphia to a member of the Hall family in 1825, fulfills his “promise to transmit you a short detail of the most important doctoring and improvements which I have learned during this session” (Reel 21, Frame 0564) by detailing various medical conditions and some remedies for them. Also included here are letters between Eleanor “Nellie” Hall and John A. Douglas during their courtship and after their marriage and from Eleanor to her mother, Mary Hall.
0527 Section A, 1798–1845.
Major Topics: Births; tobacco plantation; agricultural commodities; prices; disruption of commerce caused by U.S.-France naval war, 1798; War of 1812; courtship and marriage of Eleanor “Nellie” Hall and John A. Douglas; garment making; hunting; religious instruction; farming; quilting; descriptions of various medical problems, such as fevers, digestive ailments, and infectious diseases, and remedies for them, including sketches of surgical instruments recently invented by Jean Civeale of France for lithotrity, the crushing of urinary stones; spinning; weaving; rheumatism; Douglas family children; prices of land.
Principal Correspondents: J. Hall; Eleanor “Nellie” Hall Douglas; Mary Hall; E. Stuart; John A. Douglas; Sarah Hall; T. Johnson; Edward S. Hall; Elizabeth Douglas; M. McFarland; Sally Hall Young; James W. Douglas.
[cos1776 note: I have not reviewed the papers yet. Description is provided here for reference. Also listed in David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University]