Charles Town Jefferson Co. Virginia
This to certify that we the Physicians who were attendant upon the negro man Ben belonging to Mr Allstadt during his illness, and of which he died, believe the fright (it is worthy of note that for days after his recovery from his captors this was extreme!) and exposure he sustained during and in cnsequence of the Harper's Ferry affair to have been, at least, among the most prominent agencies in producing his disease--Typhoid Fever.
Dec. 30th 1859 G. F. Mason M. D. J. A. Straith M. D.