|History Today, August 2011|
"The alternations of health and sickness, joy and sorrow, commercial prosperity and misfortune, sweep over the Crescent City with the suddenness and fury of those autumnal hurricanes which occasionally visit it."They are the words of Rev. Theodore Clapp, who appears later in the article as an eyewitness to some of the city's worst experiences with Yellow Fever. Clapp was a true original, and one of the most distinctive figures of antebellum New Orleans. He arrived in the (predominately Catholic) city in the early 1820s and, after a number of doctrinal shifts, established what has been described as the first and only Unitarian church in the antebellum South. His comments are taken from his Autobiographical Sketches and Recollections During Thirty Five Years' Residence in New Orleans (1857), available here.
|Abraham Oakey Hall|
|George Washington Cable|
Enjoy the article! And if you do, you'll probably enjoy the book that inspired it.
UPDATE: Full-text PDF available here.