This letter was written by Ann (Taylor) Bancker (1738-1840), the wife of Evert Bancker (1734-1815). She wrote the letter to her son, Charles Nicoll Bancker (1777-1869) — a prominent merchant in Philadelphia. Charles married Sarah Upshur Teackle (1780-1843) in January 1806.
Three of Charles’ sisters are mentioned in this letter: Maria De Peshur Bancker (1774-1820) who lived in New York City; Violetta Taylor Bancker (1778-1865) who married George Washington Talbot (1775-1847); and Augusta Bancker (no other information).
There are hints of the yellow fever epidemic in New York and Philadelphia in the letter.
Addressed to Mr. Charles Nicoll Bancker, No 215 Market Street, Philadelphia
September 28, 1803
My dear Charles,
[?]day I wrote to you by Capt. Squires of the sloop Juno, who sailed from this place to Philadelphia and who has promised if not prevented by the fever, to find you, and deliver my letter; you will no doubt be pleased to see a person who has so lately seen us, and in whose family we have resided for six weeks past. I have been more particular in my letter that will deliver — therefore will only say that Mr. Squires is an utter stranger to your city and any attention or information that is in your power to offer will be agreeable to him.
I have much longed to have a letter from you and the one that I have received from Violetta of the 23d instant has in some measure relieved me from great anxiety on your account, by informing me that your store is removed to the upper part of Market Street but I do not learn whether the fever spreads or not. You will please to let me hear particularly when you write again.
Augusta is still confined, I may say to her bed and chair for she cannot as yet walk about. The Dr. thinks she is mending ___ but slowly. I am much alarmed with the distressful accounts from New York and with the eminent danger to which my family there are exposed. As soon as I have closed this, I mean to write once more and invite them all here with the children. We have now plenty of house room — every other person being gone but us there. I am sure it would be a means of forwarding Augusta’s recovery to see Maria & the children.
I’m happy to inform you that your Aunt ____ is recovering her health and composure, and that ____ has had no new cases for a week past, so that whenever Augusta’s situation will permit, we may safely go there.
Praying this may find you in perfect health and that you may keep yourself free from danger, I conclude with the truest love from your sister and most affectionate mother, — Anne T. Bancker