A Glen Haven Patient to Frederick Douglass, September 14, 1854
For Frederick Douglass' Paper
A FIRE AT GLEN HAVEN WATER CURE
GLEN HAVEN, Sept 14th 1854
FREDERICK DOUGLASS: DEAR SIR:— At half past eight last evening a fire broke out in one of the buildings of the Glen Haven Water Cure Establishment. It caught on as is supposed from a chimney in the garret.—The flames spread rapidly, but by the prompt and energetic action of those having charge of the patients, every one, even the feeblest of the invalids, was in a few moments safely removed beyond the reach of danger. Fortunately water was plenty, and close at hand, and every one on the premises, able to render assistance, was at once vigorously engaged in removing articles of value from the house, and checking the progress of the fire. Men and women worked bravely, heroically. No more conclusive proof could have been given of the affection with which Dr. Jackson inspires his patients than the hearty good will they manifested in trying to save his property in his absence. The Dr. had gone with his family to the Cayuga Co Fair in Auburn.—So effectual were the efforts made that only one of the eight buildings belonging to the establishment was sacrificed. The large additions which have been made the past season, leave ample room for the accommodation of at least one hundred patriots.—Two fine bath-rooms are preserved entire, and the chief inconvenience resulting to the guests from this catastrophe, will be to some of them an unsought change of rooms, and in a few instances inconsiderable losses of property by the fire. The domestics were the greastest sufferers in this respect, their clothing being in the garrot where it was impossible to get at it. The whole scene, terrible enough at the best, was marked by very few accidents. Two or three persons received temporary bruises, but no one was seriously injured, none of the patients, between eighty and ninety in number, have left on account of this mishap, and in a day or two at farthest, arrangements will be completed by which the treatment will go on as systematically as ever. Notwithstanding the building known as "The Cure" is in ashes, all who contemplate coming here, will find "there still is room," and we assure them from our own long experience of the same that they will receive the greatest possible attention and kindness from Dr. J. and his assistants.
The Dr. has returned to-day, his brave soul in no wise daunted by the calamity, his
voice is cheerful, his face as smiling, and his hand-grasp as hearty as ever.
A GLEN HAVEN PATIENT.