31st July 1849 - the Times reports 'the sickness pervades the whole city'

On this day in 1849, The London Times reported ‘the sickness is not confined to a particular quarter, but pervades the whole city. Deaths occurred in nearly every street, and some of those streets which are considered the most respectable have been the most heavily visited[1].

Pic: By Oxfam East Africa [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons. The photo is clearly not from Salisbury. Oxfam’s description of the photo is that ‘The Congo River is also people’s main source of water for drinking, cooking and washing. Conditions like this are perfect for the transmission of cholera and water-borne diseases.’ The use of the photo in this context is a perhaps ham-fisted attempt on my part to make the point that what we now see as ‘Third World Problems’ were ‘First World Problems’, and specifically Salisbury problems not that long ago.

Tags: #firstworldproblems


[1] “The Cholera.” Times [London, England] 2 Aug. 1849: 8. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 19 May 2014. Document URL http://find.galegroup.com/ttda/infomark.do?&source=gale&prodId=TTDA&userGroupName=hamlib&tabID=T003&docPage=article&searchType=AdvancedSearchForm&docId=CS134381826&type=multipage&contentSet=LTO&version=1.0

Last Post Next Post