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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 1, January 6, 2008, Article 15

THE MINT, YELLOW FEVER AND 1793 PHILADELPHIA NEWSPAPERS

Regarding our earlier discussion, Karl Moulton writes: "The
1793 Philadelphia newspapers weren't really interested in the
new Mint.  They normally printed acts of Congress which pertained
to the start up and legal weights of the denominations that were
to be issued, but that's about all that was ever seen.

"The daily operations were left to the Officers - Mint Director
David Rittenhouse & Chief Coiner Henry Voigt, who had there
hands full taking care of business within the new establishment.

"During the 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic (mid-August through
October), the newspapers ceased for the most part.  There was
only one that continued to print something throughout the ordeal.
One must understand the severity of the tragedy and the panic
that took hold within the city.  There was nobody who could even
keep up with the names of the dead - only the number buried at
the end of the day.

"More about this, and Dr. Rush's involvement can be found in my
'Henry Voigt and Others Involved with America's Early Coinage'
book; which includes a March 31, 1792 newspaper citation regarding
the establishment of the United States Mint."

 CONTEMPORARY NEWSPAPER REFERENCES TO PHILADELPHIA MINT SOUGHT
 esylum_v10n53a08.html

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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