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Were it not for him, fatalities probably would have been significantly greater. The fever reappeared again in 1794 and 1797 and again Girard contributed his care, skill, and charity. Girard's acts of mercy and personal care were recognized by a grateful Philadelphia government. A plaque, presented by the City, hangs in the College and reads: "In commemoration of the courage and humanity displayed by STEPHEN GIRARD during the epidemic of yellow fever prevailing in Philadelphia in the year 1793. His heroism in that eventful period of the plague is an example of public spirit and charity most worthy the emulation of his fellow citizens. When there was no one to come to the rescue he volunteered his services in the noble task of nursing the fever-stricken victims in the city hospital. This courageous conduct demands more than a resolution of thanks. Such magnanimity merits admiration and honor from the citizens of Philadelphia forevermore." 30 The plaque was unveiled on Nov. 19th, 1895 , in the Chapel, by Mrs. Ellen E. Girard, grand-daughter of Girard’s brother Jean Monbrun Girard. She was also the widow of Jean Auguste Girard, the son of Girard’s youngest brother Etienne. At that presentation it was announced that a movement was started to place a statue of Stephen Girard at City Hall on May 20, 1897. 31 14
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GIRARD’S PAPERS AND COLLECTION The Stephen Girard Collection, housed at the College, is a priceless collection of furniture, plate, china, and other effects mostly accumulated by Girard during the period 1780- 1830. Also stored are his preserved original papers representing one of the largest collection of records involving commerce between 1776 and 1831. Historians have frequently consulted the papers for information pertaining to the shipping business for that period, the banking business from 1811 to 1831, and the lifestyle of the colonial people. Among Girard's papers are 36,000 letters received by Girard, 14,000 sent by him, numerous ledgers containing nearly every transaction conducted by Girard, and one of the finest collection’s of nautical maps. The collection includes many of the original drawings submitted by the architects that competed to construct the College. Girard was orderly and efficient and recorded almost everything. He seldom discarded anything. When he died, the papers were in specific order and it has been written that he could find any paper within a few minutes. Unfortunately, during an inventory shortly after his death, that order was forever disturbed. At least three unsuccessful attempts were made to restore the order. Henry W. Arey was apparently the first person to use the papers. This occurred about 1850, when he was writing his book Girard College and Its Founder. He was the Secretary to both the Board and Girard College, and for six months, he was the acting President of the College. It is believed that he lent or gave away some of the papers, perhaps to the Girard descendants.
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