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Title: Letter from James E. Ingraham to Joseph Y. Porter, Sanford, Fla.: 1888
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Title: Letter from James E. Ingraham to Joseph Y. Porter, Sanford, Fla.: 1888
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Sanford, Florida, Dec. 4th, 1888.


Joseph Y. Porter, M.D.

Surgeon in charge of Government Relief Measures, Fla.

Jacksonville, Fla.

My Dear Sir;

Your favor of Dec. 1st, at hand today. I am very glad

to hear from you and to know that the prospects are so favorable

as to warrant your early relief from the trying situation which

you have so ably filled this summer.

In reply to your query as to a general disinfection

and cleaning up of Florida towns, would say that the only points

for which I feel great apprehension are those which have suffered

from epidemics of yellow fever this season in Manatee County, as

it is a very rare thing that frost sufficient to kill the most

tender vegetation, visits that locality; hence my fear that the

disease may become endemic at that point and be a continual menace

to the whold state of Florida. I have every reason to feel satis-

fied that the cold weather we have already experienced, having

had three good sharp frnsts throughout this portion of the state,

will relieve us from any anxiety as to Enterprise. Plant City,

Dr. Wall informs me, is already clear, and he yesterday re-

quested the removal of quarantine restrictions against Tampa, and

I understand that all have been withdrawn, except Polk County and

from the very few cases which had occurred there this summer, it

seems to me that there is a reasonable certainty that it will not

crop up a7ain, as they are in a (so I am assured) good sanitary

condition. I hope you will take up this matter with the











Surgeon General and press it to a conclusion, for it is certainly

one of great importance. I had some talk with him on this very

subject during the last week in October and at that time he felt

very doubtful for the next month or two, believing that there

was a strong probability of the spread of the fever at Enterprise

and along the line of the F.R.& N. Ry., Mainesville &c. He was

particularly solicitous about Manatee County, but as I wrote you

some time ago, and as I told him, I do not believe that disin-

fection or fumigation process would be effectual unless all goods

that should be necessary to be destroyed were paid for; else the

persons having had yellow fever in their families and consequently

not afraid of it, would selfishly conceal their infected effects,

rather than give them up to be destroyed without compensation.

In regard to quarantine restrictions; if you should

go through Camp Perry and from there to Savannah and then south,

I do not think you.would have any difficulty. Of course, this

is entire nous, but at present there is an inspector for Putnam

County and one for Polk, who prevent the passage of any persons

from Jacksonville, or any other infected districts, although Polk

Co. does not now interfere with any through passengers from any

point, except Jacksonville.

What do you think of a state board of health? Dr.

Hamilton told me that he had drawn up a bill for a state board

of health which comprises the best features of cities already

boasting such institutions, which he thought peculiarly adapted

to Florida and which he would present to the next Florida Legis-


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lature, if invited to do so. You will of course understand in my

allusions to the Surgeon General that Mr. Haines and myself spent

the most of one day with him and were his guests, and that talking

to us quite freely, he expressed himself, perhaps, more openly

than under other circumstances hence please be guarded in quoting

him.

I had believed when I first came back, the first week

in November, that a special session of the Legislature would be

necessary, under the supposition that we would have no cold

weather until late in the winter, say the early part of January,

but as the fall has been so unusually cold, several frosts already

fallen throughout South Florida, it does not seem to me so necessary

now, as it did at that time, and I am afraid that legislation at

present would be very inimical to all commerce of all kinds in

Florida, if action in that direction should be immediately taken'

while if deferred until the regular session, business of all

kinds will have revived to such an extent as to have given the

people something else to think about, and perhaps their dis-

cussions will be more temperate and more reasonable and more

likely to be guided by the experience of men like yourself, who

can talk from the book, than if they nov act from impulse. We

have suffered abominably from the local quarantines and I guess no

one but yourself can realize what conflicting and unnecessary

restrictions have been thrown about all business from the lack

of any harmony or any settled belief among the various boards of

health as to what they could or could not depend upon in the habits


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of the disease they were trying to baffle.

Please consider this letter personal and give me your

views, if you can consistently do so.

I hope to meet Dr. Wall at Port Tampa on Thursday for

the first time since the 15th, of August, as we are not allowed to

go to that point without delays from local quarantines.

With sincere regards and the hope that you will let me

co-operate with you in any way that I can, I am very truly yours,


J.E. Ingraham

Prest M


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Sanford, Florida, Dec. 4th, 1888.


Joseph Y. Porter, M,D.

Surgeon in charge of Government Relief Measures, Fla.

Jacksonville, Fla,

My Dear Sir;

Your favor of Dec. 1st, at hand today. I am very glad

to hear from you and to know that the prospects are so favorable

as to warrant your early relief from the fpYing situation which

you have so ably filled this summer,

In reply to your query as to a general disinfection

and cleaning up of Florida towns, would say that the only points

for which I feel great apprehension are those which have suffered

from epidemics of yellow fever this season in Manatee County, as

it is a very rare thing that frost sufficient to kill the most

tender vegetation, visits that locality; hence my fear that the

disease may become endemic at that point and be a continual menace

to the whole state of Florida. I have ev=ry reason to feel satis-

fied that the cold weather we have already experienced, having

had three good sharp fr-sts throughout this portion of the state,

will relieve us from any anxiety as to Enterprise. Plant City,

Dr. Wall informs me, is already clear, and he yesterday re-

quested the removal of quarantine restrictions against Tampa, and

I understand that all have been withdrawn, except Polk County and

from the very few cases which had occurred there this summer, it

seems to me that there is a reasonable certainty that it will not

crop up again, as they are in a (so I am assured) good I8nitary

condition. I hope you will take up this matter with the


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Surgeon General and press it to a conclusion, for it is certainly

one of great importance. I had scaa talk with him on th a very .

subject during the last week in October and at.that time he felt

very doubtful for the next month or two, believing that there

was a strong probability of the spread of the fever at Enterprise

and along the line of the F.R,& N. Ry., Mainesville &ec He was

particularly solicitous about Manatee County, but as I wrote you

some time ago, and as I told him, I do not believe that disin-

fection or fumigation process would be effectual unless all goods

that should be necessary to be destroyed were paid for; else the

persons having had yellow fever in their families and consequently

not afraid of it, would selfishly conceal their infected effects,

rather than give them up to be destroyed without compensation.

In regard to quarantine restrictions; if you should

go through Camp Perry and from there to Savannah and then south,

I do not think you would have any difficulty. Of course, this

is entire nous, but at present there is an inspector for Putnam

County and one for Polk, who prevent the passage of any persons

from Jacksonville, or any other infected districts, although Polk

Co. does not now interfere with any through passengers from any

point, except Jacksonville.

what do you think of a state board of health? Dr.

Hamilton told me that he had drawn up a bill for a state board

of health which comprises the best features of cities already

boasting such institutions, which he thought peculiarly adapted

to Florida and which he would present to the next Florida Legis-


I












lature, if invited to do so. You will of course understand in my

allusions to the Surgeon General that Mr. Haines and myself spent

the most of one day with him and were his guests, and that talking

to us quite freely, he expressed himself, perhaps, more openly

than under other circumstances hence please be guarded in quoting

him.

I had believed when I first came back, the first week

in November, that a special session of the Legislature would be

necessary, under the supposition that we would have no cbld

weather until late in the winter, say the early part of January,

but as the fall has been so unusually cold, several frosts already

fallen throughout South Florida, it does not seem to me so necessary

now, as it did at that time, and I am afraid that legislation at

present would be very inimical to all commerce of all kinds in

Florida, if action in that direction should be immediately taken;

while if deferred until the regular session, business of all

kinds will have revived to such an extent as to have given the

people something else to think about, and perhaps their dis-

cussions will be more temperate and more reasonable and more

likely to be guided by the experience of men like yourself, who

can talk from the book, than if they now act from impulse. We

have suffered abominably from the local quarantines and I guess no

one but yourself can realize what conflicting and unnecessary

restrictions have been thrown about all business from the lack

of any harmony or any settled belief among the various boards of

health as to what they could or could not depend upon in the habits


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of the disease they were trying to baffle.

Please consider this letter personal and give me your

views, if you can consistently do so.

I hope to meet Dr. Wall at Port Tampa on Thursday for

the first time since the 15th, of August, as we are not allowed to

go to that point without delays from local quarantines.

With sincere regards and the hope that you will let me

co-operate with you in any way that I can, I am very truly yours,


J.E. Ingraham

Prest M


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