This letter was written by Stanley Griswold Trott (1804-1892) who served as the post master at New London, Connecticut in the 1840s and 1850s. He was married (1832) to Catharine Elizabeth Thompson (1803-1889).
Trott wrote the letter to Dr. Chester Hunt (1789-1869) of Windham, Connecticut. He was the son of Eldad and Huldah (Benton) Hunt of Columbia, Connecticut. He studied medicine under the direction of Dr. Silas Fuller who was later head of the Hartford Insane Asylum. Dr. Hunt was an 1833 graduate of the Yale Medical School.
Addressed to Chester Hunt, Esq., Windham, Connecticut
New London, Connecticut
August 9, 1848
Chester Hunt, Esq.
In reply to yours of the 5th instant (just received), I have to say that there is at this time no garrison at Fort Trumbull and consequently no surgeon stationed here. The quarters are, however, now preparing to receive two companies of troops which will probably arrive in the course of a month, and it is probable that about that time a surgeon will be assigned to this post. There is at this time an Army Surgeon visiting here and if the case requires immediate attention, your neighbor may perhaps get his certificate from him on application to Doct. [John M.] Cuyler, Surgeon U.S. Army.¹
Very respectfully yours, — Stanley G. Trott, P.M.
¹ John M. Cuyler became an Assistant Surgeon in the U.S. Army in 1834. He served in the Creek and Seminole Indian Wars, was stationed in Washington D.C. and Savannah, Georgia in the 1840s, was in the Mexican War to 1848, and was appointed Surgeon in February 1847. He was at the US Military Academy until 1855, at Fort Leavenworth till 1858, at Fort Monroe until 1862, and made a Medical Inspector through the balance of the Civil War.