Cholera Epidemic of 1834
ROYAL GAZETTE, CHARLOTTETOWN, TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 1834
In consequence of the prevalence of a rumour that several cases of Cholera had occurred at a place called Black Bush, on the North Shore, near to where the John Wallace, from Quebec, was lately wrecked, and also that a person of the name of Wallace had died of it in the neighbourhood of St. Andrew's, Drs. De St. Croix and Mackieson were dispatched by His Honor the President on Thursday last, to make the necessary inquiries into the truth of the rumour. Their Report, which is subjoined, was communicated by his Honor to the Central Board of Health, who directed it to be published, for the purpose of suppressing any alarm that may have arisen on the subject of Cholera, of which disease there seems not to exist the smallest trace in the Island.
Charlottetown, Aug. 16th, 1834.
SIR - In obedience to your Honor's commands, on Thursday the 14th inst., as soon as the necessary conveyance could be procured, we left town and proceeded to St. Margaret's, Lot 45, for the purpose of ascertaining the nature of a disease reported to be prevalent in that district, supposed to be malignant Asiatic Cholera, and to have been communicated from the John Wallace, a vessel from Quebec lately wrecked in that neighbourhood, on board of which we have reason to fear that four cases of the disease had actually occurred.