Expenses for treating family with smallpox, Portland, ca. 1825

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An undated statement from Enoch Moody to the City of Portland specifies the cost of supplies and attendance on a family sick with smallpox at the Portland City Hospital from August 18 to October 1.

Enoch Moody was a grocer in Portland, who apparently supplied food for the family. The document includes more than food, however. The first expense listed in for "removing them," presumably from home to the hospital. Later, "Emma Steward went to the Hospittal."

He paid someone to clean a home where the family had been sick, took additional people to the hospital, paid to have some people returned home.

On October 20, he wrote, "Mrs. Dixson was buried to day."

The City Hospital on Munjoy Hill, apparently built to serve smallpox and perhaps other infectious disease patients, was built in 1824.

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  • Title: Expenses for treating family with smallpox, Portland, ca. 1825
  • Creator: Enoch Moody
  • Creation Date: circa 1825
  • Subject Date: circa 1825
  • Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 35.5 cm x 21.7 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 2654, Box 1/1
  • Collection: Moody family collection
  • Object Type: Text

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