Young man writes home after being bled and dies shortly afterwards


Date Written

July 15, 1833

Daniel Edward Ravenel was 20 years old when this was written.
The recipient, Daniel Ravenel Jr., was 43 when it was received.

Daniel Edward Ravenel died 20 days after writing this.
It was written 190 years, 2 months, 18 days ago.
It was a Monday.

Pineville Monday Morning
July 15, 1833

Dear Father,

I enclose you a letter, I received from Mr. Harlam, requesting a certificate from Mr. Grimki and yourself. Do show it to Mr. Grimki and do what you think proper and let me know as soon as possible, that I may answer his letter.

I am in Pineville on account of an inflammatory sore throat and fever, which I have had since Thursday. The doctor insisted upon my coming to his [?] when he could attend to me. I got my feet wet two mornings in going over to Slog Swamp with Frank, who has had very severe attack of fever.

I cannot write more now for I am weak from having been bled yesterday. I feel rather better today and hope in two or three days to be able to go out—do send my India rubber shoes and the key to my trunk.

Yours affectionately,
D. E. Ravenel

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