He sank under a contagious disorder, very prevalent at that time, and vulgarly termed the jail fever.
Upon it was the body of another poor prisoner, dead of jail fever.
Typhus or jail fever appeared in its most dreadful form, and the deaths were terribly frequent.
Here ill luck still followed him, for he caught the jail fever.
Consequently dysentery, smallpox and jail fever made fearful ravages.
The fever caused by the wounds of war was, in his opinion, better than the jail fever of a loathsome peace.
He had caught the jail fever, which had long raged in the Carcel de la Corte, where I was imprisoned.
The instances above quoted explain why it was this disease acquired the name of jail fever.
At Wells they were afflicted with the small-pox, but at Ilminster it was jail fever which fell upon the poor prisoners.