Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846. Letter book of Benjamin Waterhouse, 1790-1834 (inclusive). H MS b16.1, Countway Library of Medicine.

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Letter book containing fragments of correspondence and essays written by Benjamin Waterhouse (1754-1846) between 1790 and the mid 1830s. The correspondence was mainly addressed to United States Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin concerning Waterhouse's position as superintendent of the United States Marine Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, in the early 1800s. There is also correspondence to the Massachusetts Medical Society, and to United States Secretary of State John Adams regarding the death penalty, and a transcribed essay on the court of judicature in Pennsylvania by Benjamin Franklin. Additionally, several contemporary news clippings on the Harvard professorship of Natural History are pasted in.

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Hospital [Committee?]

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List of Books for Mr [Brinans?] Benvenuto Cellini rec'd by Johnson Burtons Anatomy of Melancholly rec'd by Johnson

Louisa L. & Mary H. Ware

7 Watertown Str.

Cambridge

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May 21 02 1809 No 1 Tomorrow Genl D- will send per mail my Defence at the same time I send - No 1. Letter to Genl [Lancolr?] of May 9 h 1808 - to J. Bullard May 17 h 1808 - and D John Randal's cetificate No 2 James [Kithy?] certificate Wh. J. Joney Concerning Bates - No 3 RwnDn Morse - Dr Lloyd. Dr. Darforth - Dr. Shaw. Dr. Coney - No 4 Andrew Nichols & [Thomas?] [Troser's?] [contrlpiates?] with a copy of printed [Nules?] -

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Marine {Hospital} {January} 7th 1808

Johonnet Esqr.

Navy Agent Boston

Sir

There are now in this hospital three seamen who were left sent here by the wasp, namely Thomas Daniels, Edward Hart & James Smith. They are well enough to be dismissed, but their distance from the ship to which they belong together with the inclemency of the season are good reasons for my detaining them until I know from authority what ought to be done with them. There is another named Wm. Kennedy who will probably be well enough to depart in three weeks being now under the operation of mercury. There is another named Thomas Williams belonging to the same ship who is incurable; one eye is was destroyed by the bursting of a bottle, and the other eye is going by sympathy into a ruinous state; so that he will in all probability become quite blind. Peter McMann belonged to the Constitution; he fell from one of her yards into her hole and injured his brain in a manner that has left such an affection behind as will forever render him unfit for service or for getting his living. He was I am told considered by the surgeon of the Constitution as incurable & sent to this hospital as such. Now I wish to know what I must do with these five men; and with Kennedy when he should be well enough to depart?

It may be a satisfaction to you Sir to be informed, that I have just established three dressers, after the manner of the European hospitals, & that I can treble that number should 20 wounded men be brought into [?] who go through the hospital every day with me from between 10 & 12 oclock being three well informed adroit young surgeons and that I am about establishing one in the house so that the institution will not be left as heretofore during the night wihout some medical aid. It will doutless give you satisfaction to hear that the three first medical characters in the state viz. Lloyd, Danforth & Warren have kindly offered that in case of any extraordinary emergency or my sickness to give their advice & assitance.

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