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This letter is written some three weeks after the outbreak of the cholera epidemic. 110 of the inmates have died from the disease. Col. Dewey reports that there are still several cases, but most of it is over. None of Dewey's family members got sick. He would like to see Finley and asks him to come for a visit as soon as possible. Dewey says that the Prison Directors intended no disrespect by appointing another man in his (Finley's) place, as the emergency demanded speedy action and there was no time to consult or correspond with him in relation to the matter (Evidently Finley was still at Conference in Pittsburgh when the epidemic hit the State Prison - and in his absence they needed a chaplain). Abstract Number - 1145
Columbus State Prison
State Prison Letters; Prisoner Health; Cholera; Chaplaincy
Dewey, Laurin, "Letter from Laurin Dewey to James B. Finley" (1849). Finley Letters. 1129.