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This letter, dated June 30, 1775, was written by Elihu Ashley to an innkeeper, Capt. Nathaniel Dwight, in Belchertown, Massachusetts, regarding what Ashley believed to be a false accusation. Dr. Ashley has recently been inoculated for smallpox in a Worthington, Massachusetts, "pest house" and shortly thereafter has lodged in a public house in the town of Belchertown. The innkeeper has accused Ashley of spreading the disease and Ashley writes an indignant reply.