I’m pleased to share documents I located today that should provide insights into the
appointment of Dr. John Poythress as Port Physician in Beaufort, NC circa 1812. Recently
digitized papers of Gov. William Hawkins include correspondence related to Dr. John
I have identified three letters — one nominating him for the post, one complaining about
the appointment and one from Dr. Poythress to the governor in response. There is no
transcription — we’ll need to tackle that task, but the images are of sufficient quality
that I think they’re reasonably readable.
This link will take you to a first draft webpage with links to the source archives.
I’m excited about this find. I look forward to sharing insights and observations about
these records and where we might go next. I have located the microfilm for the newspaper
mentioned in my earlier note — not digitized but available on microfilm at the UNC