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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
The popular name of a fever now known to be a severe form of typhus, such as happened in 1579 at the "Black Assize," so called as so many of those in the conduct of it died infected by the prisoners.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Jail Fever'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/j/jail-fever.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.