Bingham, Eleazer
Autograph Letter Signed, Brighton, New York, November 22, 1822 to Oliver Culver, Esq., Lockport, Niagra County, New York

small quarto, two pages, folded, integral address leaf dust soiled, some loss of paper due to removal of sealing wax, no text affected, in good legible condition.

Bingham writes Culver discussing the deleterious effects of poor sanitation and hygiene upon laborers upon the Erie Canal.

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"To Oliver Culver, John Gilbert, Jonathan Child, Claudius V. Brighton, Davis Comstock Esqrs. Gentlemen -

Having examined the situation of Lockport and when taking into consideration the various putrid vegetables and filth which must necessarily be left to be acted upon by heat and wet I have drawn the conclusion that sickness must be the natural consequence , - this is always obvious in camps among the Soldery in war time when they occupy them but a short time this is for the want of precautionary means and the same causes will always produce the same affects it being the established Law of Nature you have a Great work to do and must employ a large number of Men to accomplish it -

I would suggest the propriety of having a comfortable House provided for the sick and wounded and Medical aid at the Expence of the State or any other way which the Commissioners or Contractors shall deem most expedient and let a man who is Competent to the task have the superintendance of the same with the emoluments attached to it of a Surgeons Mate in actual service - Your aid in the above request Gentlemen will confer a Debt of Gratitude upon your friend and humble servt..."