British Correspondence Concerning Texas
BRITISH CORRESPONDENCE CONCERNING TEXAS
EDITED BY EPHRAIM DOUGLASS ADAMS
KENNEDY TO BIDWELL1
Her Majesty's Consulate
July 29th. 1844.
In accordance with the Instructions issued to Her Majesty's
Consuls, I have to report the appearance of a disease at Galveston
which Medical Authority has pronounced to be Yellow Fever.
There are as yet no Quarantine Regulations at this Port, and
there is every reason to believe that the disease was introduced by
the United States War Steamer "Poinsett," when she touched here
last month, on her voyage from Vera Cruz homewards.
There are three British Merchant Vessels in Port, which have
been visited by the Fever. The Master of one and the Carpenter
of another have died, but all the Sick on board these ships, or
belonging to them, now-I am happy to say-appear to be in a
fair way of recovery.-It is the "Victoria" of Poole, (from Liver-
pool) that has lost the Master, who exposed himself-most im-
prudently-to the Sun in an open boat.
John Bidwell Esqr.
ELLIOT TO ABERDEEN2
August 13th 1844.
I would beg to mention to Your Lordship that I have taken the
opportunity of my stay in this part of the Country to pay my
respects to Mr. Pakenham, and to renew to him the expression of
my readiness to set out for my post at any moment that my pres-
ence there may be considered desirable.
1F. 0., Texas, Vol. 10.
2F. O., Texas, Vol. 9.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 19, July 1915 - April, 1916. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101067/. Accessed May 28, 2015.