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Manuscript memorandum of the state of mind & sum of circumstances of [the death of] Joanna Brown
[Newport?]: 1785. Three-page folio manuscript (approx. 13" x 16"); previous folds, paper toned, considerable dampstaining, but the text remains legible; several short splits at the folds; good. Joanna Brown was the daughter of Nicholas and his wife Rhoda (Jenckes) Brown. Sadly, Joanna died at the age of nineteen, apparently of a flu-like illness. Nicholas Brown, Sr. (1729-1791) was a Providence merchant who co-founded the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, which was renamed Brown University after Brown's son Nicholas Brown, Jr. in 1804. Brown was a active supporter of both the College and of the First Baptist Church in America, throughout his life. Upon his death in 1791, Rev. Dr. Samuel Stillman, of Boston, gave his eulogy. This manuscript opens with: "Memorandum of the state of mind & sum circumstances of Joanna Brown Daughter of Nicholas Brown & Rhoda his whife (sic). In her last Illness. She Departed this Life January the 18th at abt 4 after two in the morning aged nineteen years wanting five Days--with a Consumption. On [blank] day of June being Sunday & a remarkably hot day Joanna was out that afternoon to meeting, abt 3 OC there came up a Hard squall of wind & sum rain, after meeting she went up to her Aunt Pages and is said she wet her feet, however in the evening she went with sum of her young company Sat out under Capt Pages buttonwood trees in his yard and caught such a cold as not to be able to go out of chambers the next day, the next day had sum complaints of pain in her side with a fever..." Joanna was taken to Newport " … [Click Below for Full Description]
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