To All Contributors Who Gave Their Valuable Aid
In Behalf Of The Sufferers From
Epidemic Yellow Fever
During the Summer of 1855.

Philadelphia: Inquirer Printing Office: 121 South Third Street, 1857.

Transcribed by Donna Bluemink

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At a meeting of the citizens of Fredricksburg, held at the Court House, on Friday evening, the 17th August, among others, the following resolution was unanimously adopted:

Resolved, That the authorities of Norfolk and Portsmouth be informed, that there are no quarantine regulations existing here, that all the avenues to our salubrious town are open, and will be kept open, and if necessary for the comfort of any that may visit us from the afflicted cities aforesaid, that our doors will be open also.

Resolved, That the mayor of the town, be, and is hereby requested to send copies of this proceeding, (this) resolution, to the respective mayors of Norfolk, and Portsmouth.

Copy from minutes.
[Signed.] GALIUL JOHNSON, Secretary.

Baltimore, August 18th, 1855.
To the Howard Association.
Gentlemen:—By this day's boat we send to your address, 12 barrels wine biscuit, to assist in alleviating the sufferings of your unfortunate city. Deeply do we sympathize with you in your affliction, and we sincerely pray that the terrible scourge which is now devastating your place may be removed, and health be restored.

Gentlemen, may your noble and generous devotion to the sick and suffering be amply rewarded; and in the exercise of your philanthropic duties may you be preserved from the infection of that malignant disease.

We are, gentlemen, truly yours,
[Signed.] JAMES D. MASON & CO., No. 98 Pratt st.

Banking House of Sweeny, Rittenhouse & Co.,
Washington City, August 18th, 1855.
My Dear Woodis:—Little did I suppose when we parted as classmates in college, twenty years since, that the first communication which I should have with you, would be one of condolence.

But, Providence has so ordered it! and I assure you of my heartfelt sympathy for yourself individually, and for the community over which you preside.

Words would answer very little purpose however on an occasion like this present, when suffering and distress pervade the citizens of your vicinity, and I have opened our place of business for the reception of the gifts of the charitable; which gifts I will forward with all practicable dispatch. The first installment I enclose to you to day, the half of which [64] you will be pleased to retain, and the residue place in the hands of the proper authorities of Portsmouth and Gosport.

I am very truly, your friend, and obedient servant,
I enclose $258 50.
[Signed.] H. B. SWEENY.

Franktown, P. O. Northampton, Aug. 19th, 1855.
H. Woodis, Esq.
Sir:—Whilst the Almighty in his mysterious wisdom has seen fit to afflict your city with such an awful scourge; let me tender through you to such of the citizens as choose to avail themselves of the opportunity, the hospitalities of my house, until the disease is allayed. It truly grieves me to see the monster consigning to eternal doom so many of our fellow men, and more grievous is it to see so many closing their doors upon those that are seeking an asylum from its malignant grasp.

I remain, very truly, your obedient servant,
Locust Grove. [Signed.] WILLIAM S. CHRISTIAN.

Washington, Aug. 22nd, 1855.
James A. Saunders, Esq., Sec., Norfolk, Va.
Dear Sir:—I have the pleasure to enclose one hundred dollars, being the contribution received to day. Fifty dollars of the above was sent by the President of the United States, from the Red Sulphur Springs. A lady, Mrs. Jones, has nobly volunteered to go to Norfolk, and I have given her a letter of introduction to you, and I hope she may be useful to your society. Yours of the 18th received, my respects to Capt. B.
Your obedient servant,
[Signed.] CHARLES S. J. CHUBB.

B. B. Walter, Esq.
Dear Sir:—Should it be the will of God, that any of the young men in your house die, and neither they nor their friends have any particular burial place, I own two lots in Elmwood Cemetery, which I freely—gratis —place at your disposal for the reception of their bodies. If you need them let me know, and God sparing me health and strength, I will attend to the graves myself. Yours, &c, &c,

Norfolk, Aug. 21st. 1855.

Baltimore, August 18th, 1855.
To the Treasurer of the Howard Association, at Norfolk,
Dear Sir:—We are in the ice cream business, and would like to make a donation for the sick and convalescent, if you would allow it to be used. It is pure cream, and we would send it with, or without flavour, as you might direct. Please let us know if it would be acceptable. Yours,
[Signed.] JACOB FUSSEL & CO., Saratoga st, near Calvert.

Mayor's Office,
Savannah, 21st Aug., 1855.
Hon. Hunter Woodis, Mayor of Norfolk.
Dear Sir:—The citizens of Savannah, bearing in grateful recollection the benevolent liberality extended to them from all parts of our country, during the ravages of the yellow fever here in the summer of 1854, have in- [65] structed me to forward the enclosed check of five hundred dollars, for the relief of the indigent sick of Norfolk and its vicinity. Be pleased to convey to them our sympathies in the distress now hanging so heavily over your people, and apply the within sum to their necessities.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Washington City, Aug. 22d, 1855.
Hunter Woodis, Mayor of Norfolk.
My Dear Sir:—My residence on the Bay near Old Point is as healthy a spot as can be found fronting the ocean. It lies between the capes; and no disease infectious in its character can exist there.

There are two cottages, with 12 rooms, a kitchen with 4 rooms, and all the necessary out houses, good cistern, &c.

Please use them as if they were your own, free of all charge, as long as you wish it, and make them administer to the relief of your city, either as a hospital or for the use of any of its citizens.

It is in 3/4 of an hour of Norfolk, and a public road from Old Point leads to it.

Mr. Wm. B. Barnes, near Old Point, has the keys.

Yours very truly,
[Signed.] JAMES W. FRENCH.

Savannah, August 22d, 1855.
Hon. Hunter Woodis, Mayor of Norfolk.
Sir:—Enclosed, you will find a check for $1272,—a cheerful offering from the people of Savannah, for the relief of the sufferers from Yellow-Fever in Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Gosport. You will please apply it as the wants of each may demand.

Praying that the citizens of my native state may speedily be delivered from the scourge which last year so sorely afflicted this, my adopted city,
I am, very respectfully, Your obedient servant,
[Signed.] R. B. HILTON.

Shocco Springs, August 29th, 1855.
To F. B. Ferguson, Esq., Norfolk.
Dear Sir:—Enclosed, you will find a check for fifty-five dollars, which I have elicited from my relatives and friends, at this place, for the sufferers of Norfolk and Portsmouth; and, "though poor the offering be," I sincerely hope it may in a degree serve to alleviate the distresses of some of those poor children of want and affliction, placed under your charge, with whom I truly sympathize. Respectfully, &c,
[Signed.] MRS. M. S. SURANDER.

Roseland, Elizabeth City Co., Aug. 31, 1855.
My Dear Sir:—Having learned that it is proposed, as a means of arresting the pestilence, that is scourging your city, to remove as many of its citizens as possible, to another locality, (if a suitable one can be had,) I hasten to say, that I have two large fields (70 acres each) situated immediately on Hampton Road, which are entirely at the service of the Howard Association, and the citizens of Norfolk and Portsmouth. If by the erection of temporary buildings, or the raising of tents, an asylum [66] can be found on my humble premises by those who would flee the pestilence, I am sure it will afford me the utmost pleasure to dedicate them to so holy and humane a purpose. The location is eminently healthy and entirely accessible, as I have a wharf at Mill Creek, which can be reached by vessels of considerable burthen, and any aid I can render by giving the use of my team, or otherwise, will be most cheerfully afforded. With deepest sympathy for your afflicted people, I am your obedient servant,
[Signed.] JAS. SEGAN.
Wm. B. Ferguson, Esq., Pres. Howard Association, Norfolk.

Richmond, Aug. 23d, 1855.
To Hunter Woodis, Esq., Mayor of the city of Norfolk.
Sir:—It has become my pleasing duty as chairman of a meeting of the citizens of Richmond, to enclose to you, in their name, the sum of nineteen hundred and nine dollars and eighty-six cents, contributed for the relief of the sufferers from the effects of yellow fever in your city. It is proper to state, that the sum of three thousand one hundred and eighty-three dollars and nine cents was subscribed for Norfolk and Portsmouth, and that the committee appointed for the purpose, have deemed it proper to divide the amount received between the two places, in the proportion of three parts to Norfolk, and two to Portsmouth, being an approximation to their respective populations.

Before the meeting was called, a committee had been appointed by the Young Men's Christian Association of this place, to solicit contributions for the same purpose. It is due to their enlarged philanthropy to say that much the larger portion of the amount now remitted was collected by them. They have exhibited a commendable zeal in the cause of humanity, by anticipating the action of the citizens, and endeavoring to afford prompt assistance to those who are bound to them, in the endearing relation of neighbors and friends. While we present this token of regard, we are ready, should your necessities require additional assistance, to contribute most promptly for your relief. The sum forwarded, embraces also a contribution, from the visitors at the Huguenot Springs, of sixty dollars, transmitted to me "for the relief of the sick of yellow fever in Portsmouth and Norfolk," and one hundred and four dollars and fifty-six cents liberally bestowed by the employees on the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad. The sum of five hundred dollars, heretofore contributed by our citizens, has already been forwarded to the Mayor of Portsmouth by J. W. Randolph, Esq. I cannot close this communication without expressing my conviction of the deep sympathy of our entire community for the severe affliction and heavy bereavement of our fellow citizens of Norfolk. The meeting, by resolution, have tendered the hospitalities of the city, and a cordial welcome to all who may remove from the pestilence and take refuge among us. I can assure them a fraternal greeting. With one voice, we unite in invoking the interposition of Providence to stay the hand of the destroyer, to restore to you a pure atmosphere and perfect health, and grant you, as heretofore, prosperity and happiness. Very respectfully, &c,

Sunday, Aug. 26th, 1855.
Wm. B. Ferguson, Esq., Howard Association, Norfolk.
Dear Sir:—I avail myself of the quiet of this day to renew our correspondence, and to make suggestions which the bustle of the morning would prevent. In order that my fiduciary trust may be correctly audited, I have to call your attention to the annexed statement of moneys remitted [67] to you, which, please examine, and if found correct, acknowledge to me that it may be my voucher for me to this community, up to this period. [See statement image]

I trust you received the "quinine" this morning; it went in the mail train. Adams' Express is not running. I herewith enclose invoice of medicines for your Association, which I have had put up, which with 15 boxes lemons went by Adams' Express—freight free—to Baltimore, and ought to be received by you Tuesday morning at the latest. The list may no doubt be imperfect, as there was not time to get professional advice upon it. If there is any drug, medicine, chemical, restorative, or tonic, or article of diet, which you are out of, or which you think you will want,or that your doctors can suggest, let us know by telegraph or mail, and it shall be sent immediately. Quinine is manufactured here, probably better than anywhere else in the United States. It and calomel are so often adulterated, that it has occurred to the writer, that it would be proper for you to have your whole supply direct from the laboratory, and then you would be sure of having it pure and of uniform potency. What say you? There are rare preparations of iron, of French manufacture,— iodines, &c, to be had in this city; but as the undersigned is no doctor, he can't say if they would be useful in yellow fever; your doctors can reflect on it. Ought you not to have liberal quantities of bay rum, cologne water, aromatic vinegar and such washes, and likewise abundance of lemons, arrow root, tapioca, sago, pearl barley, and oat meal, for the convalescent? I telegraphed to know if you wanted an apothecary to prepare doses. In conversation with my friend, Professor Chas. D. Meigs of the Jefferson, this afternoon, he suggested that you apply at once to Government for tents, and that you remove the healthy part of your population from the town to an elevated region, taking good care that the encampment shall be dry and full of comforts, it is not requisite to go far; a half mile or so would answer; sometimes the boundary and limit of infection is well defined; to remove out of the infected district is the surest of all plans to arrest the pestilence in his opinion. I give you the substance of his remarks, as well as I can remember them. I shall try to-morrow to send on by the mail train, in the care of the mail agent, some pure ice cream, from Delaware Co., Pa. I have seen physicians here about it, and they tell me the sick and convalescent could have no better thing. It is an article of rare excellence in this vicinity, and if I can arrange for a daily transmission of it, you can rely on a constant supply. There are keys for Doctor McFadden packed in one of the cases of drugs; please hand them to him. I hope to be able to send you more money, and more doctors, and nurses tomorrow. Yours truly,
Chairman of Committee of Relief for Philadelphia.

Phila., Aug. 27, 1855.
Wm. B. Ferguson, Esq., President of Howard Association, Norfolk.
Dear Sir:—Please find enclosed, Farmers & Mechanics Bank draft on Bank of Virginia, at Richmond, for nine hundred and nine dollars and sixteen cents, being the eighth remittance from this community to you. This contribution is made up of one day's pay of the master workmen, mechanics, and laborers employed in the Navy Yard at this city, and the same amount has been sent to Portsmouth. It is not the intention of this committee to publish the names of any contributors to the fund; but this is an exception to the rule; many of these generous-hearted men have worked in your city, and have had, and expect again to have, social intercourse with your people. It has been a great pleasure to the committee to transmit you funds, and I trust it will not be deemed invidious to any, to say there is a gratification about this remittance surpassing any other. The true dignity of labor could have no better exemplar than the genial and free handed sympathy our mechanics and laborers offer to your distressed community. Yours truly,
[Signed.] THOMAS WEBSTER, Jr. Chairman of Philadelphia Committee of Relief.

Office of the Richmond and Petersburg Rail Road Co.,
Richmond, Aug. 27th, 1855.
To Capt. Robt. W. Bowden.
Dear Sir:—Thinking that perhaps it might be thought judicious by the authorities, or the officers of the Howard Association of your city, and that of Portsmouth, to induce as many persons as yet remain in good health to remove so as to decrease the number of victims to the fever, (some of which are no doubt in very limited circumstances,) I take the liberty of tendering a free passage on board the steamer Augusta to Richmond, or any point on the river, to any such persons who may be furnished with a note from you,—the President, or Secretary of the Howard Association, or the acting Mayor of either city, stating such facts. I have previously addressed you a note dated this day, but found out after it had been mailed, that it was not addressed correctly. With a heartfelt sympathy for the affliction that has befallen your city, I remain,
Yours very truly.
[Signed.] THOMAS DODAMEAD, Agent of Steamer Augusta.

New York, Aug. 27th, 1855.
Dear Sir:—In behalf of the general committee of the citizens of New York, appointed on the 19th inst. to collect money for the relief of the suffering poor of the towns of Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Gosport, we have much pleasure in transmitting herewith the sum of three thousand dollars ($3,000) in the certificate of deposit of the Leather Manu-facturers Bank, payable to your order. It is the desire of the committee that one-half of this sum be applied to the relief of the destitute sufferers of Norfolk, and the other half equally divided between the proper authorities of Portsmouth and Gosport, for the relief of the destitute sufferers of those places.

We must ask of you the favor to hand the respective sums to the magistrates of these places. We have much satisfaction in saying to you that this community has manifested a warm sympathy with the sufferers in [69] your vicinity, and has most cheerfully responded to the call for aid. We shall soon have occasion to make you a further remittance, and we remain, with great respect, Your obedient servants,
[Signed.] P. PERIT, Chairman.
W. H. MACY, Treasurer.
To Hunter Woodis, Esq., Mayor of Norfolk, Va.

Raleigh, N. C, Aug. 30th, 1855.
To the Howard Association.
There was handed to me last week a subscription paper for the relief of the sufferers of your place: I did not put my name to it. I now enclose to you ten dollars ($10); it is a small mite, but it is all I can do, and it comes with my most sincere and best wishes, and I would be glad if I could do more for my native friends. It is from one, only one, left of a large family who was raised with those that have been sleeping their last sleep in your cemetery for years, and although I have been absent since the year 1832, yet my heart is with you still.

Take and use it to your own good judgment. I humbly pray to God that there will soon be a change for the better in your place, and perfect health restored to your afflicted citizens. Yours, most respectfully,
[Signed.] THOS. R. FENTRESS.

Sweet Springs, Va., Aug. 28, 1855.
Dear Sir:—Enclosed, you have the proceedings of a meeting held at this place on the 24th.

Wm. H. Taylor, Esq., Chairman of the Committee to solicit contributions, has to-day reported, showing the total amount received at the meeting and since to be $672 50. One-half is herewith forwarded to you, and the other is sent by the same mail to the Mayor of Portsmouth. Considering the number of visitors, and that many of them had before contributed at the White Sulphur, the amount raised here is large.

In his report, Mr. Taylor mentions the very important aid rendered by Mrs. Judge Hopkins, of Alabama, and I cannot forbear saying that this lady (formerly the wife of Capt. Gordon, of the Navy, who died on the Coast of Africa) has displayed a zealous interest in the cause of the suffering, which has won the admiration of all who witnessed it. Trusting that our little offering may in some degree help to alleviate the distress of your sick, and that your city may be speedily relieved from the terrible pestilence, I remain, very truly, your obedient servant,
[Signed.] W. P. BOCOCK.
To the President of the Howard Association, Norfolk.
P. S.—Since the above was written, I have received from Mrs. Hopkins a further contribution of a five dollar . . . which not being easily divisible, I have herewith enclosed to you. [Signed.] W. P. B.

Baltimore, Aug. 29,1855.
D. Wheeler, Esq., Ass. Sec. Howard Association, Norfolk, Va.
Dear Sir:—We have the pleasure to inform you that your favor dated yesterday was received, and have forwarded you the letter blanks you desired printed, this afternoon by steamboat, in a package to Sister Bernard, St. Mary's Orphan Asylum of your city. With regard to the charge for [70] them, we shall make none, as we are but too happy to aid all in our power the noble cause of charity you are engaged in. Besides, we hold ourselves in readiness to execute, with despatch, all orders for printing you may send us for the same object without charge; and hoping that Providence may spare every member of your glorious Association through the trying ordeal they have yet to pass.
We are, dear sir, your obedient servants,
[Signed.] JOHN MURPHY & CO.

S. & R. R. R. Co., Aug. 29, 1855.
Wm. B. Ferguson, President Howard Association, Norfolk.
Dear Sir:—On behalf of the Railroad Company I send you about nine hundred weight of bacon, for such distribution as you may think proper. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
[Signed.] WM. COLLINS, President.

Council Chamber, Mobile, 1st September.
To his Honor, the Mayor of Norfolk.
The brotherhood of the Episcopal Church of this city, deeply sympathizing in your afflictions, held a meeting last evening, at which it was unanimously resolved, to send their Vice President, Mr. Wm. T. Walthall, and their Treasurer, Mr. Wm. C. Miller, to aid and assist in the care of the sick.

These gentlemen, having gone through many epidemics, are well fitted to do good service, and I heartily commend them to your regards.

The brotherhood have taken care of their expenses, and they will set out by mail this morning. Your obedient servant,
President Common Council, Mobile.

Resolved, That Washington Naval Lodge, No. 4, of ancient York Masons, cordially unite in the universal sympathy for the people of Norfolk and Portsmouth, in the awful afflictions through which they have been called to pass, and desiring to contribute to their relief, as far as our abilities will permit, do hereby appropriate the sum of fifty dollars, which the R. W. Master is requested to cause to be transmitted, in equal parts, and accompanied by an attested copy of this resolution, to the proper authorities at Norfolk and Portsmouth, to be disposed of by them for the benefit of the sick and suffering.
[Signed.] JEREMIAH CROSS, R. W. Master,
[Signed.] JOSEPH MONILELL, Secretary.

Williamsburg, 1st Sept. 1855.
Dear Sir:—The inhabitants of our little town have made me their organ to convey to its destination, their contribution towards the fund which a sympathizing people are furnishing to assist the poor of your city, in their present extremity. I accordingly enclose a check for one hundred and fifty dollars. The amount is small, so is our population, which indeed at this moment is smaller than usual, through the absence [71] of some of our citizens, who are amongst the most able as well as the most willing to contribute to such purposes. We expect, of course, that an offering so insignificant in extent will achieve no other end than to serve as a token of our good-will, and to show to you that we are prompted by feelings of compassion for your misfortune, akin to those which we rejoice to know are now actuating the whole country. This purpose we hope it will accomplish. We earnestly desire our neighbors of Norfolk to believe that our community is moved by the deepest regret and sincerest sympathy for the heavy calamity which has befallen their city. Did I pursue the original instructions of my fellow-townsmen, I should now be writing to my lamented friend Hunter Woodis, your late most excellent Mayor, who sacrificed himself to his duty, and whose loss is one of the severest your citizens deplore. I feel assured that I obey the spirit of those instructions in conveying to you this little evidence of our kindly regard. With the sincere hope that the blessing of health will soon descend upon your people, I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
[Signed.] R. SAUNDERS, Mayor.
To W. Ferguson, Esq., President Howard Association.

Navy Yard, Gosport, Sept. 3d, 1855.
Dear Sir:—Commander McKeever requests me to present his compliments, and to say that all shall be done in his power to comply with your request for coffins. We find it difficult to supply the demand on us from Portsmouth and the hospital, with every carpenter at work, Sunday not excepted. If it be possible to increase the force it shall be done, and an equal division will be made in favor of Norfolk of their labors. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
[Signed.] C. M. POOR,
Lt. and En. Officer.

Richmond, Sunday night, Sept. 9, 1855.
My Dear Sir:—Send up to Richmond the orphans and their attendants, and any others as rapidly as you can. We have to-day secured the Catholic College, and we will accommo-date one thousand persons. We are particularly desirous to get the orphans and the persons who cannot take care of themselves up here. Last night we wrote you to send them to Sailor's Tavern, but now we are happy to say we can accommodate fully not only the orphans but any others you can get away.
Your obedient servant,
[Signed.] JOSEPH MAYO, Chairman.
N. B.—I mean the orphans of the asylum and all others you may think proper to send.

Phila., Aug. 31, 1855.
Wm. B. Ferguson, Esq., President Howard Association, Norfolk, Va.
Dear Sir:—Yours of 28th (Wheeler, Secretary) is at hand. The committee will observe your advice, and send no more doctors or nurses unless requested by you. I am rejoiced to find you are daily receiving experienced aid from the South. Our committee did their best, and in their advertisements for doctors and nurses asked for volunteers who had had the fever and knew the proper treatment for it, and by this public notice attracted De Castro and others to their office, who had had experience in it [72] in Cuba, Rio, New Orleans, and elsewhere. I devoutly trust that some of the doctors and nurses sent from here have been able to do you real service, and if one or two prove inefficient, or one or more turn out to be vile like the hyena-like wretch Norton, for Heaven's sake acquit the committee of blame. The best of causes runs the chances of being imposed upon, and in this most sacred and touching cause—Relief for the sick by pestilence—it appears, not even the danger added to the holiness of the cause itself, has been sufficient in one instance at least to deter a wretch from his vile scheme of imposition, plunder and outrage. For the sake of human nature I trust there is not another case like Norton's on record. All that we have sent you are volunteers, absolutely at your disposal, and you must exercise your authority over them as you deem best. Our further aid will be in money. I hope to send you more to-morrow.
Yours truly,
Chairman of Committee.

Office of Can't-Get-Away Club,
Mobile, Ala., Aug. 29, 1855.
At a meeting of the Club this day at five o'clock, P. M , they determined to send aid to the sick and suffering of Norfolk and Portsmouth, Va. Dr. R. Miller, Physician to the Club, was selected to represent them in those two cities. He takes with him Mr. W. Ballantine, a member of the Club. They have in charge five experienced female nurses to aid them in the fulfillment of their mission, Mrs. Rolls, Mrs. Murray, Mrs. Stinson, Miss Francis Reid and Mrs. Murrell.
[Signed.] JOHN HARLET, President.
The foregoing is a true copy from the minutes as of record, now on file in my office.

Witness my hand and private seal (not having an official seal) at office in the city of Mobile, on this 30th day of August, A. D. 1855.
[L. S.] [Signed.] J. M. PARK, Secretary.

Mayor's Office, City Hall, Wilmington, Delaware, Sept. 4th, 1855.
To the President of the Howard Association, Norfolk.
Dear Sir:—The undersigned having been appointed the President or Chairman of a Relief Committee composed of 25 of our most responsible citizens at the public meeting, held pursuant to the call herewith enclosed, and directed to address you in order to ascertain: 1st, If the pestilence is still on the increase in your city. 2d, Whether pecuniary or medical aid, nurses, &c, are most needed, and, 3d, Through what channel our "Aid" would reach you soonest. I would say please favor me with an answer to the above interrogations by return mail.

Permit me to say that we trust that he who "tempers the wind to the shorn lamb," "and who doeth all things well," may in his wisdom see fit to turn aside from you this dreadful visitation, and further, that we are desirous to render all the relief that lays in our power, remembering that we know not how soon we may need the same kind offices we now seek to render to others of our fellow-creatures. In haste, with high considerations of respect, I am, dear sir, Your obedient servant,
[Signed.] WM. B. WIGGINS,
Mayor of Wilmington.

[73] Mayor's Office, Wilmington, Aug. 31, 1855.
Citizens of Wilmington:—While we are enjoying the inestimable blessings of health, prosperity and happiness, the inhabitants of Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia, are suffering from that dreaded scourge, the yellow fever, and up to the latest advices the pestilence is on the increase, and a loud call is made upon us for pecuniary and medical aid, which should not pass unheeded. Here in our own loved land, the interest of every man is recognized to be the interest of his fellow, and while he succors and protects his fellow-citizens, he is practicing upon principles which are the honor and safeguard of his country.

Inspired with the spirit of this noble sentiment, a number of our citizens have requested that I should, officially call a public meeting at the City Hall, for the purpose of making arrangements by which we may assist in affording relief to the sick and suffering of Norfolk and Portsmouth. I therefore earnestly invite my fellow-citizens to assemble at the City Hall on Monday evening, September 3d, at half past 7 o'clock, for the purpose mentioned, feeling satisfied that this call will be promptly responded to.
[Signed.] WM. B. WIGGINS, Mayor.

Richmond, Sept. 3rd, 1855.
To the Chairman of the Howard Association, of Norfolk, Va.
Dear Sir:—I hand you a check on the Bank of Norfolk, for fifty-eight dollars, thirty-two cents. This money has been collected by the children of Trinity Church Sabbath-school, (for the benefit of the orphans of your city,) and handed to me with the request that I would forward it to you as Chairman of the Howard Association. My dear sir, accept this money as an expression of the sympathy of these children for the destitute and suffering orphans of your city, distribute it as you may think best, and be assured of our heartfelt sympathy and earnest prayers for yourself, and the suffering of your afflicted fellow citizens. May God speedily restore your city to health, prosperity, and happiness. Respectfully,
[Signed.] T. W. PEMBERTON, Sup. Trinity Church S. School.

To the Hon. City Council, Norfolk, Va.
Gentlemen:—Please honor me by accepting the enclosed amount of money, with my deepest regrets, that I can contribute no farther at present to the poor sufferers of your city. [Signed.] A BOY. $12.

Arlington House, August 31st, 1855.
My Dear Sir:—May I ask your kindness to forward the enclosed humble contribution of $10. to Norfolk in aid of the sufferers of the three cities? I wrote to the late worthy Mayor Woodis some time ago, offering my property at Smith's Island, as a spot for an encampment for those flying from the pestilence, and seeking a wholesome place of refuge. Not having received any answer to my letter, I presume it must have been left unanswered among other letters addressed to the lamented functionary during his last illness. I repeat my offer. Smith's Island lies in the ocean immediately off Cape Charles, and adjacent to the county of Northampton, eastern shore of Virginia, and has always been considered a location peculiarly healthful. I shall be most happy if Smith's Island can contribute in any wise to the relief, comfort, or benefit of the afflicted of the [74] three cities, and gladly offer it to them for such purposes, "without money, and without price." I pray you, my dear sir, to excuse the liberty I have taken (a perfect stranger) in addressing you, and accept assurance of the respect with which I have the honor to be, Your obedient servant,
[Signed.] GEORGE W. P. CUSTIS.

Raleigh, Sept. 4th, 1855.
The President of the Howard Association, of Norfolk.
Dear Sir:—A barrel of flour will be sent hence to-morrow by mail train, addressed to the "Howard Association, Norfolk," to be distributed by you among the suffering poor of your city. It is the contribution of Major W. F. Collins of this city. Should his mite be the means of alleviating the distress of a single one of your afflicted citizens, he will be truly rejoiced.

There is a deep and heartfelt sympathy in your affliction felt here. Nearly one thousand dollars have been raised here for the sufferers in Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Gosport. More will be cheerfully given, if needed.

Your affliction is, indeed, a most awful one, and awakens the liveliest emotions of grief in the hearts of all. May God, in his infinite mercy, relieve your distress.

Hoping that the Major's contribution will reach you promptly, I remain, with the deepest and most heartfelt sympathy in your affliction,
Yours truly, JAS. J. IREDELL.

Annapolis, Md., September 4th, 1855.
Treasurer of the Howard Association, Norfolk, Va.
Dear Sir:—I am directed by order of the Division of the "Sons of Temperance of Annapolis," over which I had the honor of presiding, to forward the sum of Forty Dollars as an offering for the alleviation of the destitute of Norfolk, and those of your sister city Portsmouth, with whom you will please share equally.

Though the offering is small, it is laden with the universal sympathy of our body, and in placing it upon the altar of humanity, we only regret that we cannot bestow the balm of consolation to the many bruised heads which surround you, but may the God who has afflicted you, in mercy heal.

As far and wide as the knowledge of your distress has reached, the chord of sympathy has been touched, and holy hands have been lifted up to heaven to stay the destroyer's power; that your sorrowing heads may be bound up, and tears wiped from every eye.

Hoping we may conduce in some degree to the relief of the sufferings of Norfolk, and Portsmouth, I beg you, sir, to receive my condolence and regard. Very respectfully, [Signed.] WM. MC'NEIR.
Worthy Patriarch Division, No. 10. Sons of Temperance.
P. S. You will please acknowledge the receipt of the enclosed, as I wish to file it with the archives of the Division.

Farmers Br. Bank, Va., at Farmville, Prince Edward Co., Va.
Sept. 4th, 1855.
To the President of the Howard Association, Norfolk.
Dear Sir:—Enclosed you will find a check of A. Vaughan, Esq., Cashier, on the Farmers Bank at Richmond, for the sum of three hundred [75] and seventy-six dollars, and forty cents, being the first installment of collections deposited at this office to be sent to your Association. Will you do us the favor to divide the amount between the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth, in proportion to the population of the two places?

Our people feel it to bo a privilege and a duty to contribute to relieve the sufferings of your afflicted community.

Hoping that God will in his mercy arrest the ravages of disease, and restore our brethren to health, I am, dear sir, truly yours,
[Signed.] F. N. WATKINS.

Richmond, Sept. 7th, 1855.
To his Honor, the Mayor of Norfolk.
Sir:—Enclosed, I send you a copy of the proceedings of a meeting of the citizens of Richmond, the largest I have ever seen assembled in this city. It was unanimous in the adoption of the resolutions. There is but one heart here, and it is to do everything that can be done for your relief. The committee of thirteen met this morning. I enclose two of
their resolutions, and also solicit your immediate action on the subject. This is no occasion for form or ceremony. We have the ability, and beg the privilege of offering you all human relief. Send a committee to confer with us as to what is best to be done. I am, most respectfully, your obedient servant,
[Signed.] JOSEPH MAYO, Mayor.

Richmond, Sept. 7th, 1855.
To the Mayor of Norfolk.
Dear Sir:—The following resolution was to-day adopted, by the joint committee referred to in the enclosed communication of our Mayor, and the undersigned were appointed a committee to carry its directions into execution. "Resolved, that a committee of four be appointed to purchase and forward such provisions to Norfolk and Portsmouth, as in their opinion are immediately required, and that they be further instructed to correspond with the mayors of those cities, and ascertain what supplies are most needed, and to request them to make daily requisitions upon us." In accordance with this resolution, and at the request of the committee from Hampton, we shall send by tomorrow's boat six horses for the use of your physicians, (three of them for Portsmouth,) together with a supply of provender for the horses, as well as a number of other articles, a list of which will be sent by the captain of the boat. We are exceedingly anxious to have the privilege of contributing in any manner you may designate to the relief of your suffering people. Please let your wants be immediately made known to us, and we will daily send you all that you require. Do not hesitate to draw largely on us, and to send us at once a list of any articles you want. We will contribute in goods or money as
you may desire. We hope to hear from you by the return of mail. Respectfully yours, [Signed.] THOS. DODAMEAD.

Public Meeting.

At the request of the Mayor, a large and highly respectable meeting of the citizens was held at Metropolitan Hall, yesterday afternoon, to take steps for the relief of the sufferers by yellow fever in Norfolk and Ports- [76] mouth. The meeting was called to order by Judge Wm. W. Crump, on whose motion Joseph Mayo, Esq., the Mayor of the city, was called to the chair, and Mr. Thos. U. Dudley was appointed Secretary.

The Mayor, on taking the chair, addressed the meeting at length, in one of the most feeling, effective, and appropriate speeches that we ever listened to; at the conclusion of which, he offered the following resolutions, which after a spirited discussion were adopted: Whereas, it appears from the fearful progress and malignant character of the pestilence now devastating Norfolk and Portsmouth, that nothing short of the removal of the population will stay its ravages; therefore, Resolved, That a committee of thirteen be appointed to devise means for the attainment of that object, and especially for the transportation, and maintenance of such of the indigent and afflicted of those cities as may desire shelter in a healthful location. Resolved, That said committee be authorized to appoint such sub-committees as they may think proper. Resolved, That said committee be instructed to communicate at once to the Howard Associations of Norfolk and Portsmouth, and to the mayors of said towns, that they are requested to send up such persons here as they may think proper to confer with the above committee as to what is best to be done in the premises, hereby requesting the said committee to act promptly, and to incur any expense which they may deem judicious for the benefit of the citizens of Portsmouth and Norfolk. The resolutions, on being put to vote, were adopted, and the chairman instructed to appoint the committee. Whereupon the following gentlemen were appointed said committee:

Committee, Dr. Robt. Archer, Wellington Goddin, Luther Libby, Thomas Dodamead, Wm. H. Hascall, Charles Ellett, H. K. Ellyson, Geo. W. Munford, John M. Gregory, Jas. A. Cowardin, John P. Ballard, Daniel H. London, John S. Caskie.

On motion of Mr. John H. Gilmer, Joseph Mayo, Esq., the Mayor of the city, was appointed chairman of the committee of thirteen. Henry K. Ellyson, Esq., offered the following resolutions, which, after being discussed at length, were adopted: Resolved, that the President of the City Council be requested immediately to call a meeting of that body for the purpose of appointing a committee on the part of the Council, to co-operate with the committee of citizens just appointed. Resolved, That the Council are hereby earnestly requested to make such appropriations from the City Treasury, as may be necessary to carry out the objects of the resolutions, adopted by this meeting. There being no other business, the meeting then adjourned.

Petersburg, Sept. 8th, 1855.
James A. Saunders, Esq, Sec. Howard Association, Norfolk, Va.
My Dear Sir:—My friend Mr. Jas. McIlwaine, of the firm of Paul & McIlwaine, and myself, yesterday resolved ourselves into a committee to solicit aid from our fellow citizens in behalf of your stricken city, and up to this time we have realized a little over $1500.

This amount will be somewhat increased on Monday, but many of our wealthiest citizens are absent.

Believing, from the accounts that reach us, that we should best serve you thereby, we have made arrangements to send to you by steamer of Monday, 30 barrels bread, 25 barrels crackers, 8 barrels bacon, 2 barrels rice, and we hope to add some chickens.

Please advise us at once how we shall dispose of the balance.
[77] We will remit the money, or gladly disburse it here in any way you may direct.

With sincere, heartfelt sympathy for you all, I am, in haste, your friend,
[Signed.] HENRY C. HARDY.

Baltimore, Sept. 11th, 1855.
Dear Sir:—I send per steamboat this P. M. one box marked "President of the Howard Association, Norfolk," containing seventy garments for the children of Norfolk and Portsmouth equally. This is the result of the labors of a party of young ladies, assembled yesterday for the purpose of contributing something for the relief of the destitute and suffering.

May God grant that others may be induced to follow their example, and thus assist in adding to the comfort of the orphan. Very respectfully,
If not too much trouble, may I ask an acknowledgment of the receipt of above?
To the President of the Howard Association.

Mountain House, Catskill, Sep. 10th, 1855.
Hon. Mayor Woodis.
Sir:—The undersigned being disposed to tender their services, if desirable, on this occasion of the visitation of the fearful pestilence now wasting your city, beg leave to make application to your Honor, and lay their case before you.

We are desirous to know whether in the present emergency your citizens would esteem our labors, and regard our efforts with due consideration.

We are still young, yet not destitute of experience. We are graduates of the Female Medical College of Philadelphia, and refer you to the faculty of that institution for information as to our character and endowments. It is our desire to be serviceable in so far as we shall have ability, in the case of the unfortunate, and the suffering.

In case of acceptance of our proposal, please to signify to us the expenses which we shall be obliged to encounter. Though not rich in money, we think that we possess devotion and enthusiasm which will enable us to be of service to you in the period of calamity.

Please answer by telegraph to Dr. Wilder, Albany.
Yours respectfully,
[Signed,] MARY E. SMITH.

For reference, further:—Hon. V. M. Rice, Albany; Ex-Mayor O. G. Steele, Buffalo; Ex-Mayor Col. Viele, Buffalo; Samuel Gregory, M. D., Boston; Dr. G. H. Lee, Barre, Massachusetts; Dr. N. Nivison, Hector, New York; Rev. Mr. Fillmore, Elmira, New York.

Brondon, Sep. 10th, 1855.
N. C. Whitehead, Esq., Mayor of Norfolk.
Dear Sir:—A few days ago, I remitted to you a small amount through Thos. Branch & Sons of Petersburg, for the sufferers around you, but the most heart-rending accounts from your afflicted city impel me to send you the above check, also to be applied to the same purpose. May God in his mercy soon stay the progress of the dreadful malady that is desolating [78] your fair city. The great interest I take in the matter will, I hope, excuse the following suggestions. Fire is, undoubtedly one of the greatest purifiers of the atmosphere known; and it is said that in the fourteenth century, when that most horrible pestilence raged so fearfully in Europe, which was known as the Black Death, that one of the popes (Clement X, I believe) managed to escape by staying in a room heated by a fire, night and day. Now, might it not be well to keep constant fires in all the houses that are occupied during the prevalence of the yellow fever— and might it not be well to burn tar barrels about the city ? With high respect, your obedient servant,
[Signed.] WM. B. HARRISON.

Nag's Head Hotel, N. C,
September 10th, 1855.
President, Howard Association, Norfolk, Va.
Dear Sir:—Feeling a deep and heartfelt sympathy for the poor disease-stricken citizens of the city of Norfolk and Portsmouth, I have concluded to offer to all who may avail themselves of the privilege, a place of refuge and safety from the ravages of the disease, now devouring them in such large numbers. On the first of October next, the season will close at Nag's Head Hotel, and after that date, I will most cheerfully throw open the doors of my hotel to all who wish to escape from the disease now prevailing in your cities. I have ample accommodations for 250 persons, and all I ask of the Association is to furnish me with means to maintain them during their stay at my house. In connection with the boarders at my hotel, and the Episcopal congregation at this place, I have succeeded in raising the sum of near $150, which is at your disposal; and I thought I would suggest the idea, whether or not the money should be forwarded or appropriated for provisions, &c., and forwarded to your office. Allow me to express the hope that my offer will be accepted by your people, and assure them that the kindest attention will be shown them upon their arrival at my hotel. With the profoundest hope that your city may soon be relieved of its direful calamity, I remain, most respectfully, Your obedient servant,
[Signed.] ALEX. E. JACOBS, Prop'tr., Nag's Head Hotel.

Lexington, Ky., Sep. 12th, 1855.
To the Howard Association, Norfolk, Va.
Gentlemen:— With a heart overflowing with sympathy for the people, whom the Lord hath permitted to be stricken with a sore plague, I venture to send for the use of the physicians and nurses, a small quantity of "Burrowes' Lexington Mustard;" owing to its demand in the southern country in yellow fever and cholera, I hope it may prove equally beneficial to the sick in Virginia. My calls for it, south, at present, prevent me from sending a larger quantity; should it be acceptable, I shall be happy to duplicate it. Hoping, most sincerely, that the plague may be stayed, I beg to subscribe myself,

Frederick Female Seminary, Frederick city, Md., Sep. 12, 1855.
President of the Howard Association of Norfolk, Va.
Dear Sir:—The young ladies of this institution, sympathizing deeply [79] in the affliction of our sister cities, desire me to forward to you the sum of one hundred and thirteen dollars, and twenty-five cents, which they have raised for the relief of those who are suffering from the pestilence in Norfolk and Portsmouth. Enclosed, please find my check for the amount ($113.25). With the hope that the destroying angel may soon pass away from your cities, and that health may again smile on you, I am, sir, with great respect and deep sympathy, Yours truly,

Mayor's Office, Chicago, Sep. 12th, 1855.
To his Honor, the Acting Mayor of Norfolk, Va.
Dear Sir:—Please find draft for $1500.06 enclosed in favor of the Howard Association of your city, and with it please accept assurances of the sincere sympathy of our citizens for your afflicted city. Our citizens had a meeting last evening (the proceedings of which I herewith enclose), and the present remittance is the result of this day's collection. I shall hope to forward additional sums from time to time, should your city continue (as I pray it may not) to require such aid. With assurances of high regard and personal sympathy, I am, dear sir, Your obedient servant,
[Signed.] L. D. BOONE, Mayor.

Chicago, Ill.
Meeting of sympathy with Norfolk and Portsmouth sufferers.
Pursuant to the call through the press, a number of citizens assembled at South Market hall, last evening, for the purpose of expressing sympathy for the sufferers at Norfolk and Portsmouth.

On motion of J. B. F. Russell, the meeting was organized by electing his honor, Mayor L. D. Boone President, and the appointment of J. S. Wright, Esq., Secretary. Mayor Boone addressed the meeting upon the terrible calamity which had befallen the afflicted cities, and hoped the action of the people of Chicago would be fitting to the occasion. J. C. Vaughn of the Tribune made a brief address and suggested that a committee be appointed in each Ward of the city to call for contributions. J. B. F. Russell offered a series of Resolutions. J. W. Waughop, Esq., who is a native of Portsmouth, made a brief address, and suggested that a committee on resolutions should be appointed. The Chair appointed Messrs. Russell, Waughop, and Vaughn the committee.

Addresses were made by J. Y. Scammon, Esq., Rev. Dr. Smallwood, and Daniel McIllroy, Esq., in spirited appeals to the people, to act most promptly and generously for the relief of their brethren bowed down under the most heart-rending distress. The committee reported the following resolutions, which were adopted. The Mayor appointed the following committee:—1st Ward, Thomas P. Bryant; 2nd Ward, Col. J. B. F. Russell; 3d Ward, D. R. Holt; 4th Ward, J. C. Authet; 5th Ward, G. W. Noble; 6th Ward, John Noble; 7th Ward, F. H. Thwing; 8th Ward, F. H. Benson; 9th Ward, F. Hatheway.

A. W. Windett moved that the committee be instructed to publish daily a statement of contributions. The motion was seconded by Dr. C. Y. Dyer, and after considerable discussion, was carried. In consequence of the deep affliction which has visited the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth by a dreadful pestilence unparalleled in the history of the ravages of yellow fever in our country, and so rapidly decimating the remnant of the population of those afflicted cities, the citizens of Chicago have met together [80] to express their heartfelt sympathies, and to offer to the afflicted of those plague-stricken cities material aid. Resolved, That a relief committee of nine, one from each ward in the city, be appointed to solicit subscriptions in aid of the common objects of this meeting. Resolved, That all moneys so raised for the sick and suffering, be promptly forwarded by the Mayor as collected, for the benefit of the inhabitants of Norfolk and Portsmouth, to be addressed to that glorious band known as the Howard Association, or the acting Mayor. Resolved, That the city clergy be invited to make collections in their respective houses of worship on the next sabbath-day for the benefit of said sufferers. Resolved, That those physicians and women who have so heroically hastened to the relief of the sufferers from the cities and towns of healthy locations, to meet and stay the ravages of the fatal destroyer, elicit our highest admiration.

Resolved, That the chairman of this meeting appoint the above named committee.

Washington Co., Va., Sept. 17th, 1855.
Having heard of the affliction which God hath sent upon you, and knowing the distresses which generally follow calamities, I liberally contribute my mite. Though a ten cent piece is small, it is every cent I possess in this world, and it may help in buying some nourishment for some of the many orphans who are parentless and crying for relief.
Your servant, [Signed.] ROB.

N. B.—This contribution is small, it is true, though it is much to the giver, it being his all, he being a slave belonging to a man residing in Washington Co., Va.; he is a very pious negro and minister of the gospel. I believe he contributed the mite through the purest motives of sympathy. GLADE SPRING.

Baltimore, Sep. 13th, 1855.
To the Howard Association of Norfolk.
Gentlemen:—You have been already informed that the House of Refuge buildings (never yet occupied for their intended purpose,) have been offered by its board of managers for the destitute orphans of your city. You may also have learned that we have tendered our services for the management of the temporary asylum. Our object in addressing you is not only to renew this offer directly to the authorities of your city, but also to request that you gratify us by stating definitely, whether it is your intention to accept our proffered aid, and if so, what number of children we may expect to have in charge, and when we may anticipate their arrival in Baltimore. The warm heart of our community pulsates in deep sympathy with your affliction, and particularly would our own sex esteem it a grateful duty to extend to you the hand of help in this hour hour of sorrow.

May we ask of you, gentlemen, an answer to this note at your very earliest opportunity, so that, if requisite, we continue arrangements at once, commenced upon the first appeal for help, but now held in suspense from the uncertainty of your determination?
Very respectfully,
On behalf of the committee of Ladies of Baltimore.

Office of the Knickerbocker Ice Co., 103 Canal st.
New York, Sep. 13th, 1855.
Wm. H. Macy, Esq., Treas.
Dear Sir:—At a meeting of the board of trustees of this company held [81] this day, it was unanimously resolved to place at your disposal a cargo of ice (from 100 to 200 tons) for the relief of the afflicted and suffering inhabitants of Norfolk and Portsmouth.

Believing that our proffered gift may afford valuable and essential relief to those suffering from the fatal scourge, and, that it may aid in staying the ravages of the pestilence, which has almost depopulated those ill-fated towns, we are most happy, in behalf of our company, to offer you the above resolution, for your acceptance.
Very respectfully, your obedient servants,
[Signed.] R. T. CUMPTON, Pres.
W M. J. WILCOX, Sec.

Engineer Office, Richmond & York R. R. R.
Richmond, Sep. 15th, 1855.
To W. A. Ferguson, President of the Howard Association.
Dear Sir:—On Tuesday, the 25th inst., the steamboat W. W. Townes, Capt. Drew, will leave Walkerton on the Mataponi river, and will make all the landings of that and the York river to receive on board the contributions of the citizens of the counties bordering on those streams, intended for the relief of your afflicted city and her equally desolated sister Portsmouth. The Quarantine laws of Petersburg, where the "Townes" belongs, not permitting her to enter within your own limits, I have to request (as I shall make the trip in her, the Capt. not knowing the rivers) that she be met early on Wednesday morning at the light boat off Crony Island by the Princess Ann or a barge, to which her freight may be transferred. I take occasion to report to you the generous conduct of Messrs. Pannill & Carter the owners of the Townes, who, upon application, at once placed their boat at my disposal, refusing all compensation; as also of the captain and crew who volunteered their services. Expressing my own heartfelt sympathy in your present affliction, I remain, Respectfully yours,
[Signed.] . T. S. CLAXTON.

Mayor's Office, Harrisonburg, Va., Sep. 18th, 1855.
To the President of Howard Association, Norfolk, Va.
Dear Sir:—The citizens of Harrisonburg, Va., have contributed the sum of $465.50, for the relief of the sufferers of Norfolk and Portsmouth. Enclosed, you will find a check for half that amount,—($232.75,) the other half I have forwarded to Portsmouth.

You will please acknowledge the receipt of the sum through the columns of the Baltimore Sun, or by letter to me. Your friend, very respectfully,
[Signed.] O. C. STERLING, Mayor.
P. S.—$100 of the above sum was appropriated by the Masonic Lodge of this place.
O . C. S.

Richmond, Sept. 20th, 1855.
My Dear Friend:—I enclose a check for $28.50, half of $57, a sum raised by a juvenile fair held in this city for the benefit of the orphans of Norfolk and Portsmouth. The paragraph attached to this note will explain the matter, and give the names of the little girls who held this fair. Please give this mite the desired destination. I have no heart to indulge a pleasantry which I might do, were I writing at any other time, for I feel as though I had a dear relative on every square of your devoted [82] city. Sinner as I am, I pray for you and your afflicted people. May God in his mercy spare them further affliction. Very truly and sincerely, your friend and servant,
[Signed. ] J. A. COWARDIN.

AID FOR THE ORPHANS: Some very small girls, bless their little hearts! have been holding a fair "for the benefit of the orphans of Norfolk and Portsmouth," in a room on Governor street. Monday night they closed their miniature fair, and ascertained that they had made the very respectable sum of $57. They have sent this sum to us, with a very pretty note penned by one of their own little hands, in which we are requested to forward the money. They conclude by expressing their sorrow that "the sum is so small." The names of these dear little creatures are, Margaret L. Mayer, Kate C. Simons, Rosa Belvin, Sallie C. Belvin, and V. Wendlinger. They have heard of their little brothers and sisters of Norfolk and Portsmouth, and have held forth their tiny hands to help them. For their act they will get credit in the books above, with a long time to run at interest before they appear for settlement; and if they will half shut their eyes after going to bed o'nights, they may see pretty faces and bright eyes hovering above them to bless them for their kindness to the bereaved little ones, who survive the plague.

New York, Sept. 15th, 1855.
____________Esq., President of the Howard Association, Norfolk.
Dear Sir:—Please find enclosed bill of L. for 12 barrels bottled porter, marked Howard Association, Norfolk, Va. 4 of the barrels are marked quarts, and 8 marked pints. I hope it may be of some service to the sick and weary in your vicinity, in your truly suffering condition. Messrs. Ludlom & Pleasant's Line carry it free of charge. It will give me pleasure to be advised of its safe arrival. Very respectfully, yours,
[Signed.] SAML. MILLBANK 70 Madison, New York.

Charleston, 20th Sept. 1855.
Wm. B. Ferguson, Esq., President of the Howard Association, of Norfolk.
Dear Sir:—I have this day forwarded by Adams & Co's Express, a box of clothing, and herein enclose Henry Frescott, Cashier's draft on the Farmers & Planters' Bank, Baltimore, for fifty dollars.

These were accompanied by the following letters, addressed to me as chairman of the committee for forwarding nurses, &c, for Portsmouth and Norfolk. Viz:—

"The ladies of the Hebrew congregations of this city, beg leave to tender through you to the chairman of the Howard Association, of Norfolk, the accompanying box of clothing made by themselves, containing 48 dresses, 43 chemises, 38 shirts, 24 prs. pantaloons, 22 flannel shirts, 21 skirts, 72 pocket handkerchiefs, 31 pr. stockings, 14 prs. shoes and bootees, 19 tunics, 17 jackets, 10 prs. pantalets, 18 prs. drawers, 6 undershirts, 2 suits, 30 pr. socks; also the enclosed fifty dollars, the surplus remaining after the material purchased had been manufactured.

"They most respectfully request, sir, that the same may be promptly forwarded to the chairman before mentioned, to be, by him, distributed among the orphans of Norfolk and Portsmouth."

I need scarcely add, that I feel privileged in being made the organ of administering to the relief of the sufferings of my afflicted neighbors of Norfolk and Portsmouth.

Praying that God will ere long stay the hand of the destroying angel, [83] and that you may be spared to receive the gratitude of your fellow citizens for the laborious and faithful services rendered in the hour of the severe trials, I am, dear sir, yours, very respectfully,
[Signed.] GEO. M. COFFIN, Chairman.

Mayor's Office, City of Salem, Sept. 24th, 1855.
Dear Sir:—Enclosed please find Wm. H. Foster, Cashier's check on Exchange Bank, Norfolk, for two hundred and fifty-eight dollars, and thirty-two cents, also his check on Branch Bank of Virginia, Petersburg, for three hundred and sixty-two dollars, and twenty-eight cents, making an aggregate of six hundred and twenty dollars, and sixty cents, the same being the balance of funds contributed by our citizens for the relief of your afflicted citizens. In conformity to a vote of our committee, authorizing an equal distribution of the funds in their hands, to the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth, I have transmitted to the Sanitary Committee of Portsmouth, a like amount. As the organ of the committee, it gives me great pleasure to state that all classes of our fellow citizens have manifested the warmest sympathy for your community in the great calamity which is desolating them, Unsolicited, many of them have come forward, asking the privilege of contributing, and all have been eager to do what they could to alleviate the sufferings of your citizens. Trusting that the aid which, through their recognition of the claims of a common humanity, we have been enabled to forward, will do something towards relieving the poor of your city in this their hour of affliction, and indulging the hope of the speedy restoration of your citizens to their accustomed health, I remain, very truly, your obedient servant.
Mayor of Salem, and chairman of the Relief Committee.
To the President, or Treasurer of the Howard Association, Norfolk, Va.
P. S. Please acknowledge the receipt of this.

Mayor's Office, Alexandria, Va. 25th Sept., 1855.
R. W. Bowden, Esq., President Howard Association, Norfolk.
My Dear Sir:—I had this pleasure last to your lamented Ferguson, to which I have no reply, my heart sickens at the cause. By to-morrow's steamer, we will ship to Baltimore, 10 barrels soda, 10 water, 10 pilot crackers, 1 qr. cask wine, 20 barrels corn meal, 10 boxes soap, 10 boxes candles, of which you will retain one half, of each lot, for the sufferers of your city, the other half for Portsmouth.

Please let me know if the articles sent are suitable, and if not, what would be, as we have more to send you, and wish to lay the money out in articles most acceptable, or send you the money if most needed; let me hear from you. May God in his mercy spare you and your people, and arrest the disease with which you are afflicted, is the prayer of our people, and of yours, most truly,
[Signed.] GEO. P. WISE, Mayor.

Louisburg, Franklin County, N. C, Sep. 28th, 1855.
President of the Howard Association, Norfolk and Portsmouth.
In behalf of the citizens of Franklin County, N. C, I have the gratification of tendering through you to the distressed of Norfolk and Portsmouth a portion of their charity; and beg of you to distribute it as their necessities may require. To-day we sent by railroad, 12 barrels flour, and shall continue to forward the articles as they may be sent in. Allow me to inquire, what articles will be most acceptable? and we will endeavor to pro- [84] cure them. Will potatoes be acceptable? Our citizens have, and are daily contributing money and provisions, which will be preferable? Shall we continue to send both? We shall be happy to do all in our power to relieve you, and through you the distressed of your afflicted cities. Allow me to subscribe myself, with the kindest regard, Your obedient servant,
[Signed.] JOEL THOMAS, Cor. Sec.,

Richmond, Sept. 27th, 1855.
Dear Sir:—The committee appointed by the citizens of Richmond, for the relief of the suffering communities of Norfolk and Portsmouth, have received continual contributions from our own citizens, and from other parts of the state, for the benefit of the distressed. We have been daily engaged in furnishing such supplies to each place as we deemed most essential, but we would greatly prefer that you should designate the articles which you consider of most use, whether they are delicacies for the sick, or necessaries for the needy. We hope earnestly that you will not hesitate to make requisitions upon us, for whatever you want. We will take pleasure in endeavoring to procure what you require, and promptly forward it to whomsoever you may direct. It is not a time for hesitancy. We will comply with your wishes with the utmost pleasure and alacrity. Very truly, your friend and servant,
[Signed.] GEO. W. MUNFORD, Treasurer of the Relief Committee.

Warrenton, N. C, Female Collegiate Institute.
Sept. 26th, 1855.
To the President of the Howard Association, Norfolk, Va.
Dear Sir:—This box contains 56 garments for children, made and presented to the destitute orphan children of your afflicted city, by the young ladies of our Seminary. Please accept their, and our sincere sympathy, and may God hear our prayers for you, in your great distress. We are, yours truly,
[Signed.] GRAVES & WILCOX.

Chief of Police, City Hall, Boston, Oct. 6th, 1855.
To the Treasurer of the Howard Association.
Dear Sir:—Enclosed you will please find a draft, for $165.25, in aid of the Norfolk and Portsmouth sufferers. This amount was contributed by the members of the Boston Police Department; and in their behalf, I have the honor of transmitting the same, as a testimonial of their sympathy for those of their fellow men upon whom the hand of affliction is so heavily laid. Trusting that this remittance may be received as a guaranty of our heartfelt commiseration, and sincerely hoping that the depopulating scourge with which you are visited may be suddenly stayed, I have the honor to be, most respectfully, your obedient servant,
[Signed.] ROBERT TAYLOR, Chief of Police.
P. S. Please acknowledge the receipt of the draft, that we may be assured of its safe arrival.

Newark, N. J., Oct. 6th, 1855.
Robert W. Bowden, Esq., Treasurer of the Howard Association, Norfolk, Va.
Dear Sir:—Enclosed please find Certificate of Deposit in the Mechanics' Bank of Newark, for $988.22, on account of the contributions of our citizens, to the relief of the sufferers of Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Gosport. We place this sum in your hands for expenditure, where in your opinion [85] it is most needed. It was raised for the relief of the sufferers of the three places.

On the 10th Sept., we forwarded to Mr. Sharp, President of the Exchange Bank of Virginia, a remittance of $1000 which we presume has been duly received by you. Will you please to acknowledge the receipt of this as soon after it reaches you, as your convenience and other duties will permit? And may God, in his mercy, soon restore your city to its wonted health, and never again visit her with a like calamity. Truly, and respectfully,

Charlestown, Va. Oct. 12th, 1855.
R. W. Bowden, Esq.
Dear Sir:—I have just received a letter from a noble-hearted, and generous lady of Nicholas County, Ky., late a resident of this county, enclosing a check for $100.00 with the request that it should be applied to the benefit of the orphan children of your death-stricken cities. Please give it this direction, and may a righteous God add his blessing to this grateful offering of one of his most sincere and faithful followers. Very truly,
[Signed.] N. S. SMITH.

Orange Court House, Oct. 10th, 1855. To the President of the Howard Association, Norfolk, Va.
My Dear Sir:—Enclosed please find a check, for $144, which I desire you to appropriate as therein designated, viz: two-thirds, to the sufferers for the yellow fever in Norfolk, and one-third, to those who have suffered from the scourge in Portsmouth. This sum has been recently contributed by my congregation at this place. And you will please acknowledge the same for St. Thomas' Church, Orange, Va. I rejoice to learn that the epidemic, which has prevailed so alarmingly for some time past in Norfolk and Portsmouth, is now fast subsiding. God grant that you may never again be visited by so fearful a scourge. May He who mixeth judgment with mercy, bring great good out of the great evil. Among those who have fallen, you have to number not a few of your best and choicest citizens. Mysterious is this Providence! Among the victims, were two of my dear friends, the Rev. Messrs Jackson and Chisholm, the latter was ordained to the ministry at the same time I was. To know him was to love him. Indeed, both were lovely in their lives, and in their death they were not divided.

Deeply sympathizing with those who have been called to suffer, I remain, yours, very truly,
[Signed.] J. EARNEST.

Marblehead, Oct. 1st, 1855.
Mr. Howard.
Dear Sir:—I enclose to you a draft for $125, being a collection taken up in Old St. Michael's Church of this place, of which Rev. J. B. Richmond is Rector, in behalf of the sufferers at Portsmouth and Norfolk, to be used as you deem proper. Mrs. Wheeler and her daughter, husband, and children are with us, and are well; we hope Dulton is daily improving. Truly, and affectionately, your friend and brother,

May God bless and preserve the members of the Howard Association, to which you belong, and may your acts of mercy, charity, and love, be [87] abundantly rewarded in the life that now is, and in that brighter one to come. We have not ceased to pray for you all. J. B. R.

Gloucester Co., 6th Oct., 1855.
Dear Sir:—Acting under the resolutions adopted by a meeting of a portion of the people of Gloucester Co., at the Court House thereof, on the 1st. instant, at which I was appointed Treasurer to receive and remit all moneys contributed, and to forward the same, together with such other sums as may be handed me hereafter, to the "Howard Association of the city of Norfolk, and the Mayor of Portsmouth, in the proportion of one-third to Portsmouth, and two-thirds to Norfolk," hereto I have annexed by mail my check if this date, on the Farmers' Bank of Virginia, at Fredricksburg, for $139.67, payable to your order, being two thirds of $194 50, the amount contributed up to this time, and for your government in the disposition to be made of this money. I copy the following resolution adopted by the meeting: Resolved, That we leave it to the discretion of the Howard Association, and authorities of Norfolk and Portsmouth, to expend the amount to be forwarded by us, believing that they are better able than ourselves to judge of the best mode of disposing thereof. But it would be gratifying to us to know, that our contributions had assisted the destitute children of the two towns, who have been made orphans by the pestilence. Most deeply do I sympathize with our fellow citizens in the towns above mentioned, under their severe affliction; and it gives me great pleasure to be the medium of intercourse, selected to carry out the wishes of my countrymen in the manner above indicated. Do me the favor to acknowledge the receipt of the check mentioned by letter, to my address, Gloucester Court House, and oblige your obedient
[Signed.] WM. P. SMITH.
To President of the Howard Association, Norfolk, Va.

Cottage Home, N. C, Oct. 1st, 1855.
Dear Sir:—Enclosed you will find $42.25, which I have collected from my two small churches, Unity, and Machpelah, to aid the sufferers at Norfolk and Portsmouth.

I enclose it to you to be appropriated at the discretion of your benevolent Association. Be kind enough to acknowledge the receipt of the remittance, that I may satisfy my people of its safe transmission. Permit me to assure you of my deep sympathy for your afflicted community, and of my earnest prayers that God may in mercy stay the pestilence. If you have the time to write, I should be pleased to know if there are any signs of abatement, &c. May God sanctify his sore trials, and stay his heavy judgments. Very truly, yours,
[Signed.] R. H. MORRISON.

Brooklyn, Oct. 2nd, 1855.
The Brooklyn Female Employment Society send to you certain articles of clothing, for the use of such persons in Norfolk and Portsmouth as your Association may deem most in need of them. Though we have with us many poor people, yet we know that your necessities are greater than ours. While the fearful pestilence has stricken down so many among you, no evil of a similar character has been allowed to come near our dwellings. Our society is new, and our means are limited, but we trust that our little contribution may be of some service, and that it will not be the less acceptable for being accompanied by the expression of our deep sympathy with you.
[Signed.] MRS. THEO. ROMEYN, Secretary.
To the Howard Association of Norfolk and Portsmouth.

[87] New York, Oct. 4th, 1855.
Robert W. Bowden, Esq., President of the Howard Association.
Dear Sir:—Enclosed, I hand you a check on the Farmers' Bank of your city, for the sum of $690; of which amount, $447.50 was contributed by the passengers, officers, and crew of the Steamer George Law, on her late voyage to and from Aspinwall, New Grenada, and $242.50, by the citizens of Aspinwall, for the benefit of the sufferers from fever in your afflicted city. Permit me to say, that each and all of them expressed to me the deepest sympathy in the sufferings of the inhabitants; and I must add, it has been with pain and sorrow I have read the sad reports published from day to day, of the distress and trouble among those with whom I have passed so many happy days, and most sincerely do I sympathize in their misfortunes. Trusting the above amount may relieve the wants of some few, I remain, with respect, yours truly,
[Signed.] ALFRED G. GRAY.

Columbia, and Philadelphia Railroad.
Superintendent's Office, Parkersburg, Oct. 9th, 1855.
To the Treasurer of the Howard Association, Norfolk, Va.
Dear Sir:—The enclosed amount, five hundred and five dollars, has been contributed by the employees on this road, to assist in alleviating the sufferings of the distressed citizens of Norfolk and Portsmouth.

It is the desire of the contributors, that the enclosed amount should be proportionately divided between Norfolk and Portsmouth, agreeably to the judgment of your Association.

I shall be pleased to have your acknowledgment of the receipt of the within amount, at your earliest convenience. Very respectfully, yours,
[Signed.] JOSEPH B. BAKER, Superintendent.

Plymouth, Mass., Oct. 9th, 1855.
Dear Sir:—The Religious Societies of this town have held contributions, to add their mite towards alleviating the misery and destitution occasioned by the pestilence, which has visited Norfolk and Portsmouth. If is my cheerful duty to transmit to you, two hundred and twenty-nine dollars, and twenty cents, ($229.20,) the amount so collected; you will please send to the needy of Portsmouth one-third of the amount, such I presume being the proportion which it would be proper to apply to their use.

Accept, my dear sir, the heartfelt sympathy of our citizens for their brethren in distress, and believe in the sincerity of their prayers, that the band of death may be soon lifted from your midst. Believe me, sir, your obedient servant,
[Signed.] WM. T. DAVIS, one of the Board of Selectmen.
To H. W. Dowden, Esq., Norfolk, Va.

I remit the amount in the form of a check, No 203, drawn by J. N. Stoddard, Cashier of Plymouth Bank, upon the American Exchange Bank, New York.

Jersey City, Oct. 11th, 1855.
Dear Sir:—The inhabitants of Jersey City have raised $1,051.53, towards the relief of the inhabitants of Norfolk and Portsmouth, rendered destitute by the pestilence which is, or has been, raging among them. The undersigned were appointed a committee to receive and forward those [88] contributions, and in execution of that duty, send those funds to be distributed by the Howard Association. Enclosed you will find a Certificate of Deposit, of that amount, $1,051.53, to the credit of your Treasurer, R. W. Bowden, Esq., in the Mechanics & Hatters' Bank of this city, which bringing New York prices, is the most available form in which we could arrange it. The contributions were made by the donors for those rendered destitute, or in need, in both cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth. We send it to your Association to make such distribution of it between the two cities, as the cause of humanity over the objects of your Association may dictate as proper. Accept our assurances of the deep sympathy felt by our fellow citizens with the afflicted inhabitants of your city. Very respectfully, yours,
To Solomon Cherry, Esq., Cor. Sec of Norfolk Howard Association.

Wofford College, Spartanburg, S. C, Oct. 1855.
I enclose a check on the Continental Bank of New York, No 500, for $200, which you will please hand over to the Howard Association of your city. I have delayed this long, hoping to have made my contribution larger, and more in accordance with my feelings. Our salaries are paid semiannually in July and January. I had disposed of mine before the sad news reached me, my heart bleeds for my old home, every paper has brought sadness to my heart, by the death of two or three, and even four of my former pupils. My debt of gratitude to the dear old borough can never be cancelled; nineteen years did I spend there: longer than I lived in the place of my nativity, and had many a kind friend and pupil, whose faces I can never again see in this world. My God! in the brief period of three months, all whom I knew, swept into eternity. Since the stoppage of the Norfolk Herald, the accounts I receive by the Richmond and Petersburg papers, are scant and contradictory. Thank God! you must have had frost ere this. You may consider me as pledged for $30 more when your banks pay dividends, in January next. My dear sir, I cannot tell whether I am to condole with you in the loss of some members of your family, or rejoice at their escape, and thus it is with respect to many others, having no reliable information. I will be in Norfolk this winter if possible. I remain, yours truly,
N. C. Whitehead, Esq., acting Mayor of Norfolk.

Wilmington, Delaware, Oct. 12th, 1855.
To R. W. Burden, Esq., Treasurer.
My Dear Sir:—Enclosed you will receive a draft from Bank of Delaware, on Bank of North America, Philadelphia, for $594, contributed on the part of the citizens of Wilmington, for the relief of the sufferers at Norfolk, Va. In making this second remittance to you, I am desired by my fellow citizens to express the deep and abiding sympathy they have continued to feel, in common with the whole country for you in your affliction, and are now humbly trusting that circumstances are now occurring which must arrest the progress of disease. Feeling a deep interest in the orphanage which has resulted from this dispensation, should our small contribution be not more required in some other channel of kindness, we shall be happy to have any part thereof appropriated for the present, or future comfort of these "little ones." With great respect and kindness, believe me truly, yours,
[Signed.] H. T. ASKEW, Mayor, and Treasurer of Relief Fund.

[89] Baltimore, 26th Oct., 1855.
A. B. Cooke, Esq., President Howard Association, Norfolk.
Dear Sir:—Messrs, Duncan, Sherman, & Co., of New York, have authorized me to draw on them for $500. for account of George Peabody, Esq., in London, who desired to present that sum, "to be used for the benefit and relief of the orphans'' at Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Gosport, Va. Be kind enough to inform me in what manner you are of opinion this sum can best be distributed, in order to meet the wishes and instructions of the liberal donor. Yours respectfully,
[Signed.] WM. H. BRUCE, Treasurer Norfolk &c fund.

St. Louis, 16th Oct., 1855.
Solomon Cherry, Esq.,
Dear Sir:—I am directed by the members of Polar Star Lodge of Masons, meeting in this city, to send you a check for $50, to be disposed of by the Howard Association, for the relief of the sufferers of Norfolk and Portsmouth. I accordingly enclose herein, E. W. Clark, & Bros.' draft on Samuel Harris & Sons, Baltimore, for $50. This is a small testimonial of the above Lodge's appreciation of your noble exertions on behalf of the sick and distressed in the above mentioned cities. I wish to God the amount was larger, but the Lodge is far from being rich. Have the kindness to acknowledge the receipt, and oblige yours sincerely in the cause of suffering humanity,
[Signed.] JAS. WYKERHAM, Sec. Polar Star Lodge.

Petersburg, Oct. 16, 1855.
Augustus B. Cooke, Esq., President Howard Association, Norfolk, Va.
Dear Sir:—By steam to-morrow I shall forward to your address, three small boxes of clothing, contributed by a few of the ladies of our city for the relief of the bereaved children now under the protection of your noble and self-sacrificing Association. I trust the offering will reach you in due time and be acceptable. Petersburg extends to suffering Norfolk her sincerest sympathy, and hails with delight the glad intelligence of returning health. Very truly and sincerely yours,
[Signed.] HENRY C. HARDY.

Newburyport, Mass., Oct. 11, 1855.
Solomon Cherry, Esq., Cor. Sec. Howard Association, Norfolk, Va.
Dear Sir:—We are happy to inform you that the citizens of Newburyport, Mass , have contributed the sum of $861.30. This contribution was taken up in the various churches, as follows :
First Presbyterian Church, Rev. A. G. Vermilye, - - $120.00
Prospect Street Congregational, Rev. Rand. Campbell, -- 101.06
St. Paul's Episcopal, Rev. Wm. Horton, -- 10. 29
Titcomb Street Congregational, Rev. Dr. L. R. Dimmick, -- 100.00
Whitfield Church. Congregational, Rev. Samuel J. Spaulding, -- 74.26
Pleasant Street Church, Unitarian, Rev. R. C. Waterston, -- 74.16
Belville Church, Congregational, Rev. Daniel F. Fiske, -- 62.53
Harris Street Church, Presbyterian, - - 30.00
Christian Baptist, Rev. Daniel P. Pike, - - 30.00
Universalist, Rev. D. M. Reed, - - 26.50
First Baptist, Rev. James Barnaby, - - 25.00
Second Baptist, Rev. James G. Richardson, - - 11.50
First Methodist, William Smith, - - 6.00
From several individuals, -- 100.00
TOTAL -- $861 30

[ 90] The above amount is deposited in the Mechanics' Bank of this city to your credit. We send you a certificate of deposit, which we think the safest and most judicious way of remitting. The above amount is at your disposal, presuming you will give Portsmouth, Va., her fair proportion according to her wants and necessities. It is of course left for your Association to use your own judgment and discretion in the matter. With much respect, your obedient servants,

We have sent your correspondence to Boston with particulars, which were published in the Newburyport Herald yesterday; we also send you a printed copy cut from the Herald. We hope this will have a tendency to increase the subscription list in Boston and other places, as many have the idea that your Association have a surplus of cash funds on hand. You will see by the printed list that it agrees with the letter, and contains a list of the churches, pastors, and amounts of each society, &c. Yours truly, &c,

Plattsburg, Mo., Nov. 10, 1855.
Dear Sir:—Enclosed is ten dollars, to be applied for the relief of the orphans under the care of your "Association," and may God bless you all, for he alone is capable of blessing you as you deserve. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
[Signed:] JAMES H. BIRCH, JR.
To Mr. S. Cherry, or any other Member of the Howard Association, at Norfolk, Va.

Roswell, Ga., Nov. 12th, 1855.
Treasurer of the Howard Association.
Sir:—We saw in the Presbyterian an appeal to the children for the orphans of Norfolk and Portsmouth. Please to accept of the collection which we have taken up in the Roswell Sunday-school, and please to acknowledge it in the Philadelphia Presbyterian. Enclosed $18.00.

Berryville, Clarke Co., Va., Nov. 16th, 1855.
Mr. Solomon Cherry.
Dear Sir:—Accept my sincere thanks for your very kind and satisfactory reply to my letter. It has removed all doubt and perplexity from my mind, caused by the many conflicting accounts as to whether articles of clothing would be necessary or not, such a quantity having been sent. You have given me the information I most desired, and I this day forward the box by way of Baltimore to the care of F. A. Levering, which I hope you will receive safely and distribute in Norfolk or Portsmouth, or both places, as most needed. I am sorry to hear of the continued destitution of the poor. Would to God it were in my power to relieve their wants, but I have thrown in the widow's mite, and can only regret my inability to do more. I extend in sympathy the warmest feelings of my heart to all those who have been left so desolate; may He who has promised to be a friend to the fatherless and widow provide for each and every one. I was deeply pained to hear of the death of our dearly loved Mr. Jackson. This parish was his charge for a long time, and his people were all sincerely attached to him. His life and death have testified that he was a "man of God." I am sorry to read accounts of the re-appearance of the fever since your letter, but I trust it may soon disappear entirely, and God grant [91] that your city may soon be restored to its accustomed health and prosperity, and may you never again be so severely scourged. Will you please let me know if you receive the box safely, and excuse me for taxing your time and patience? Most truly yours,

Rochester, Nov. 2G, 1855.
To Howard Association, Norfolk, Va.
Gentlemen:—Please accept my humble pittance of $10, for the benefit of your institution, to be used as you may think proper. I wish I was able to send more. Respectfully yours,

Newark, N. J., Dec. 18th, 1855.
Robt. W. Bowden, Esq., Norfolk, Va.
Dear Sir:—It has been my pleasing duty, by appointment of the citizens of Newark, to act as one of a committee to collect and transmit to your funds for the relief of the sufferers by the late fever there. We have sent heretofore two remittances (which have been duly acknowledged) of the contributions of our citizens, and now enclose you a certificate of deposit on the Mechanics' Bank of our city, payable to your order, for $119. 13. I am desired by my associate on the committee to request that this amount may be expended for the benefit of the orphans of Norfolk and Portsmouth, who were made so by your late terrible visitation, in such manner as your Howard Association shall deem best. It gives me pleasure to bear testimony to the almost universal willingness of our citizens to contribute for the relief of your sufferers, and to pay that the amounts that have been contributed have been done with a cheerfulness that indicated that they came from the hearts in the right place. And while our contributions have not swelled to so large an amount as those of some other cities, still when we reflect that our population is composed almost entirely of mechanics, the amount they have given is creditable to them, as evincing a Christian sympathy for their fellow-countrymen in distress, notwithstanding the strenuous efforts of politicians and others to convince themselves and the world that there is no sympathy or fellow feeling between the northern and southern portions of our country. Acting on behalf of the committee whose names are attached to our former communications, I subscribe myself, Your obedient servant,
[Signed.] SILAS MERCHORK, per S. DODD.

Be so kind as to acknowledge the reception of this as soon as your convenience will permit. Truly, S. M.

Barnum's City Hotel,
Baltimore, Nov. 22d, 1855.
Dear Sir:—You will please find enclosed a check for $100, for the orphan fund of Norfolk and Portsmouth. We sent previously to the Howard Association $400, the first aid we believe they received from Baltimore, and still feeling a deep sympathy for the afflicted and suffering inhabitants, we continued our efforts, and now tender the enclosed sum, with the hope that health and prosperity may be speedily restored. We remain your friends and obedient servants,
[Signed.] BARNUM & CO.
To R. W. Bowden, Esq., Norfolk, Va.

[92] Kalb Town, Jeff. Co., Va., Dec. 23d, 1855.
Dr. Solomon Cherry.
Dear Sir:—This is to notify you that we have sent by Adams & Co.'s Express, a box of 57 articles of children's clothing, sent by some of the ladies of Wickliffe Parish, Clarke Co. These, with 40 previously sent by two little girls, make 97 articles. Our parish is a very small one, but still we might have done more. May God bless and provide for, out of the treasures of his abundance, the little sufferers. May he heal the deep wound which he has inflicted upon your devoted cities. It is the desire of the ladies, that these articles sent may be divided between Norfolk and Portsmouth.

An acknowledgment of the receipt of the box is requested for our assurance of its arrival. Believe me, very truly, Yours,
[Signed.] JNO. D. POWELL,
Rector of Wickliffe Parish.

This letter was written, as you will observe, one month ago, but wishing to send it simultaneously with the box, which has been detained, it has been kept. Hope the articles may not prove entirely too late.

Norfolk, Dec. 30th, 1855.
Solomon Cherry, Esq., Secretary.
Dear Sir:—Please accept the accompanying small contribution to the fund for the relief of the destitute orphans of your city, with the expression of my warm sympathies and earnest wishes for the entire success of your noble undertaking. Respectfully yours,
[Signed.] ELIAS WADE, Jr.

Philadelphia, May 15th, 1856.
To Solomon Cherry, Esq., Cor. Sec. of Howard Association of Norfolk.
Dear Sir:—By this morning's mail I have sent to Tazewell Taylor, Esq., of your city, a deed of gift from myself to your Association conveying $1600.00 of Philadelphia 6 per cent loan to A. B. Cooke, T. J. Corprew, and others in trust; and accompanying it is the certificate of stock in my name, and power of attorney to A. B. Cooke and yourself, to transfer it to the Howard Association in Norfolk, which I have requested him to hand over to you on my behalf.

There may possibly be one or two hundred dollars more to be inserted for you after the monument is completed and paid for.
Yours truly, [Signed.] THOMAS WEBSTER, Jr.
Trustee for citizens of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia, May 28th, 1856.
Solomon Cherry, Esq., Cor. Sec. of Howard Association, Norfolk, Va.
Dear Sir:—I have to acknowledge receipt of your esteemed favor of 26th inst., informing me that you have received from Tazewell Taylor,Esq., of your city, on my behalf, as trustee for the citizens of Philadelphia, a certificate for $1600 of the fiduciary of the city of Philadelphia, accompanied by a deed of trust, conveying same to the Howard Association for the use of the orphans of your city, and also advising me that the Association accept the said trust. On behalf of this community it is my pleasant duty to further acknowledge the grateful thanks you have so gracefully tendered for this and every other effort made by our citizens [93] to extend relief to the sufferers by the late pestilence. I earnestly trust that your city may forever be spared a revisitation of the scourge. Should however, calamity, disease or suffering again ravage and desolate your fire-sides, our community, true to its natural sympathies, will generously respond to the cry of distress. It might be deemed discourtesy were I to close our official corres-pondence without adverting to the many warm commendations which you and your Association have been pleased to pass on my feeble efforts. I beg leave now, for the first time, to respond to your thanks, and to sincerely assure you that in all my relations to your sufferers, whether as Chairman of the Philadelphia Committee of Relief, or as temporary Trustee for your orphans, I did but discharge the duties of the honorable part to which my fellow citizens appointed me, and of carrying out their wishes and instructions. The measures concerted in this city to relieve your terrible distress, were spontaneous, ardent,, and general, and therefore the high regard and esteem they elicit from you justly belong to Philadelphia and its vicinity, in its aggregate capacity— as a community, and to no individual member thereof.

With a due sense of the honor, the complimentary notices extended to me, I am, very truly yours,

The Howard Association of Charleston, June 3d, 1856.
Solomon Cheery, Esq., Cor. Sec. of Howard Association of Norfolk, Va.
Dear Sir:—I, yesterday, received by mail, your favor of the 30th ultimo, and by Adams & Co.'s Express, the package of which is advised, containing five Gold Medals, sent by your Association, for the following gentlemen of this city, viz:—The Hon. Wm. Porcher Miles, Dr. St. Julian Ravenel, Dr. Wm. H. Huger, Dr. E. C. Steele, and Dr. T. C. Skrine.

I have the pleasure of saying, that I have delivered to these gentlemen in person, the medals designed for them respectively; and that they were received with the feelings and expressions appropriate to testimonials entitled from their source and their purpose to so high appreciation.

With my thanks for the privilege of representing your Association in the delivery of these valued tokens of your consideration.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully and truly, yours, &c.,
President of Howard Association of Charleston.

A List of Physicians, Druggists and Nurses from abroad,
who volunteered their services to the Sufferers of Norfolk, Va.,
during the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1855.

Physicians.—George S. West, C. C. Shell, Wm. Harwitz, James Wilson,
Fredericks, J. C. Caprey.
Nurses.—Miss A. M. Andrews, Syracuse, Mrs. Wallace, Capt. George Atwood, Edward Tremayne, D. T. Freer, Charles Robinson, Marinus Brassine, Leslie Gilospie.

Physicians.—William H. Freeman, Thomas Craycroft, A. A. Zeigenfusse, James McFadden, J. B. Marsh, Herman Keirson, A. B. Campbell, J. R. McCoy, Lewis Marlin Y. de Castro, Student of medicine at that time.
Druggists.—Thomas W. Handy, A. J. Gibbs. Henry L. Van Cleive.
Nurses.—Mary Jacooks, Alide Seyferelle, Catharine Heck, Ann McCaust, W. W.
[94] Maul, James Hennessy, W. L. Driver, Jos. Robinson, Lewis Kunitz, Jno. O'Brien, Jno. W. Grimes, Thomas Whitten, Vincent Tarres, J. R. Roach, Capt.
Nathan Thompson, Andrew J. Thompson.

Physicians.—John Morris, Robert Thompson, T. Baath, Walter,
____ Fleiss, ____ Stranburg.
Nurses.—Margaret B. Wilson, Ann Mahoney, ____ McFelton, Charles Solomon,
R. H. Grayham, Jno. T. Seguine, W. A. Gibson, Joseph Torbet, H. M. Phillips.

Physicians.—____ Williams, ____ De Berohe, W. H. Jackson, Student.
Nurses.—Mrs. C. S. Jones, Thos. Briggs.

Physicians.—Phillip B. Gooch, Jno. T. Hargrove.
Nurses.—Mrs. E. W. Webb, ____ Leaman, Miss E. W. White, J. M. McDowell,
T. P. Howell, N. J. Crow, Henry Myers, Charles L. English, R. H. B. English, Paul Michaud, Henry Brockmyer, Jno. M. Jacobs, Walter Scott, David Pike, J. A. Lacy,
Jas. Kelly, Antonie George.
Physicians.—Richard Blow, Sussex Co., Va.
Nurses.—R. A. Forbes, Westmoreland, Va., Joseph M. White, Warrenton, N. C.

Physicians.—A. B. Williman, St, Julian Ravenel, W. H. Huger, T. C. Skrine, E. C. Steele, John B. Holmes, W. Porcher Miles, A. R. Taylor, Student, E. E. Jackson, Student, A. M. Loryea, Student.
Nurses.—Mrs. ____ O'Connor, Jane Gauth, Wm. Maxwell and wife, Chas. Parker
and wife, Mrs. ____ Coats, Ann Brady, Solomon Haynes, Charles Lubbers, J. M.
McCarty, W. Clairsine, James France, L. Hartnell, Joseph Von Pago,
Mark Saunders, J. A. Kelly, W. A. Shepherd, ____ Hartwright, and 19 others,
most of them colored nurses, names not known.

Physicians.—A. F. Bignon, W. Milo Olin, Professor, ____ O'Bermuller,
Druggist, Jno.Talliaferro.
Nurses.—____ Brown.

Physicians.—J. B. Read, W. E. Donaldson, R. J. Nunn, J. E. Godfrey, Student, R. W. Skinner, Student, Thomas J. Charlton, Student, J. T. McFarland, Student.

Physicians.—Robertson Miller, W. Balantine,* Professor, A. H. Jennete,* Professor,
W. C. Miller, Student, W. T. Walthall, Student.
Nurses.—Mrs. ____ Doran, ____ Murry, ____Rolls,
____ Stinson, ____ Emerill, Miss ____ Reid.

Physicians —W. Stone, Thomas Penniston, E. D. Fenner, C. Beard,
W. P. Williams, J. S. McFarland, S. D, Campbell.
Capt. T. J. Ivey,* F. A. Clack,* R. C. Ricardo,* W. N. Ghislin,* L. C. Dellard.*
Nurses.—J. D. Marks, S. J. Irwin, E. C. Bolton, S. J. N. Smith,
____ Covington, ____ Armstrong, ____ Wilson, ____Higgins, 19 other
nurses were brought on by L. C. Dillard, Esq., and 13 by ____.
Physicians.—R. B. Berry, Tennessee, J. Hill, Warrenton, Va., J. A. Dillard, Montgomery, Ala., A. Clarkson Smith, Columbia, Pa., J. L. Baker, Student, Montgomery, Ala.,
W. H. Cloris, Student, Montgomery, Ala.

* These gentlemen brought with them each a delegation of experienced nurses.