Autograph letter signed 2pp., to unnamed recipient.
Treat, Malachi, (d. 1793). Autograph letter signed to an unidentified recipient, dated New York, Feb. 16th, 1791. 2pp. 313 x 202 mm. Tears along folds repaired, bottom margin chipped affecting the last line of the first page, moderate toning. Typed transcript accompanies.
Treat served as physician-general in the Northern Division of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War (a letter from General Washington to Treat, dated January 19, 1779, is on file at the University of Virginia Library's Electronic Text Center). After the war he served as New York City's health officer, and was involved in setting up the New York Hospital (the second hospital in the U. S.) in the early 1790s. He died in the yellow fever epidemic of 1793. His letter is full of sage advice to an acquaintance who was apparently studying the law:
. . . it becomes you to be very oeconomical, for yr Expenses already have exceeded yr Proportion of the Estate. Spend no money but what is absolutely necessary, frequent no Taverns, nor play at any Game of Hazard by which yr Mind may get debauched, or detach from yr present Pursuit-prosecute yr Studies with diligence, and Love. . . .
Packard, Hist. Med. U.S., pp. 144, 237, 559.
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