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SUB-SERIES Identifier: H MS c16

A. Correspondence, 1782-1837., 1782-1837

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence from John Adams, John Quincy Adams, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Sylvanus Fansher, and Edward Jenner, among others, to Waterhouse, as well as correspondence from Waterhouse to various friends, associates, and family members. Topics of correspondence include: smallpox inoculation in New England; the "Essex Junto," a group of conservative Federalists Waterhouse believed responsible for his dismissal from Harvard and subsequent professional difficulties; Waterhouse's career after leaving Harvard, and his role in the establishment of the Marine Hospital in Charlestown, Massachusetts; and Waterhouse's published works, including The Botanist and Essay on Junius and his letters. Correspondence from Waterhouse to his children relate to his travels, work, and social activities. His correspondence to daughter Mary (Waterhouse) Ware often focus on the activities and professional prospects of his other children.


  • 1782-1837

Language of Materials

Collection is in English, French, and Latin.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Access requires advance notice. Contact Public Services for further information.


02.25 cubic feet (6 flat storage boxes)


Subseries A is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.


Repository Details

Part of the Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine) Repository

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