[Drawing “Spanish Bayonet.”] [Drawing - “Two months of health line.”] The mainland of Fla. is more sickly than the islets, but no portion of this coast nor of the flat border which sweeps form Maryland to Texas is blessed with salubrity. All the inhabitants of the region, whether black or white, are liable to be prostrated by the ever-present fever, to say nothing of the plagues of cholera and yellow fever that come and go like storms, prostrating and cutting gaps in the population like hurricanes in woods. The world, we are told, was made specially for man, a presumption not supported by all the facts. A numerous class of men are painfully astonished whenever they find anything living or dead in all God’s universe which they cannot eat or in some way render what they call useful to themselves.
Original journal dimensions: 10 x 16.5 cm.
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