gabriel furman journals

These hefty books filled with regular accounts of Brooklyn life and news abroad. I was initially impressed by the lack of writing mistakes, his meticulous ink hand writing remains in good condition. His first accounts where about disease, about how many had died, over 1500 in twenty days of a population of 15000. he offers another note about a cure for the disease from Calcutta, this cure called fore Cinnamon, 50 drops of laudanum (liquid opium), apparently this remedy was quite successful. he also reported that about other outbreaks around the world, even as far a St Petersburg. having only read a few pages, i could imagine that the whole book must have a very large sum of important historical information. his writing preserves history as a direct witness, give a good firsthand idea of what happened.

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