Washington, D. C., Aug. 5, 1899.
To the Editor.
—Among the outbreaks of yellow fever that have prevailed at Fortress Monroe, Va., and its vicinity let me mention one that has never been reported. In the early part of August, 1869, I had just come from quarantine duty at the mouth of the Rio Grande River, Texas, and being ordered to Fortress Monroe, found a French man-of-war quarantined in Hampton Roads because of yellow fever. Many of the crew having died, as well as the medical officers, the ship was visited daily by a surgeon from the fort, who went unrestrained about his duties after coming ashore. It was not long, however, before an unmistakable case of the fever broke out in a member of the family of one of the surgeons who had most to do with the fever patients on shipboard. We decided to keep the matter strictly