Letters written by Julia Rush, wife of Benjamin Rush, mainly to her husband, with one to Samuel Stockton and one to Mary Rush. Eight letters were written during the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. The letters are not included in Lyman Butterfield's edition of Benjamin Rush's letters, vol. 30 of APS Memoirs (1951).

Collection information


Presented by Roy Frederick Sellers and Frederick Roy Sellers, 1985.

General physical description

20 letters.

Early American History Note

This small collection of Julia Rush correspondence is noteworthy for being one of the largest collections of letters between Julia and her husband Benjamin, the prominent Philadelphia physician. The collection begins in 1776 and continues into the early nineteenth century. There are a series of letters from Julia to Benjamin from 1793 at the height of the Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia.

Indexing Terms


  • Correspondence.
  • Family Correspondence


  • Marriage and Family Life
  • Medicine
  • Philadelphia History
  • Social Life and Custom
  • Women's History