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COLLECTION Identifier: B MS c1

James Thacher correspondence

Thacher, James, 1754-1844, 16 A.L.s. to John Wakefield Francis, 1812 August 17-1826 September 27, 1812 August 17-1826 September 27 Digital

Scope and Contents Correspondence offering to include in Thacher's dispensatory Francis' writings on typhus and yellow fever, as well as writings on the properties of Eupatorium by a Dr. Anderson. Thacher also asks Francis' advice regarding the dose and effects of corrosive sublimate (mercury) in treating syphilis. He further requests information on spotted fever and typhoid pneumonia for inclusion in one of his medical books, and biographical sketches of physicians, to be published in his ...

Thacher, James, 1754-1844, 16 A.L.s. to John Wakefield Francis, 1827 September 1-1827 December 11, 1827 September 1-1827 December 11 Digital

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Correspondence regarding inclusion of information from Francis about several physicians, such as Benjamin Rush (1746-1814), in American Medical Biography, Thacher's plans to visit New York City, and the details from his visit he shared with his family upon his return to Plymouth. He also inquires about the student body of Rutgers Medical College

Thacher, James, 1754-1844, 16 A.L.s. to John Wakefield Francis, 1828 January 25-1835 March 25, 1828 January 25-1835 March 25 Digital

Scope and Contents Correspondence about publishing Francis' extract on the life of Benjamin Rush in American Medical Biography, errors in the publication, the portraits he is including in the book of Dr. Rush and others, and the timing of its printing. He also discusses treatment of his daughter Betsey Hodge, who was afflicted with tumors, and for whom Francis had prescribed iodine. Thacher writes that she has not improved, and he is considering a surgical approach used by Dr. David...

Thacher, James, 1754-1844, 22 A.L. to Fear (Thacher) Goodwin, 1781 December 30-1786 July 4, 1781 December 30-1786 July 4 Digital

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Correspondence about the relocation of his sister's family from Plymouth, news about family and friends, financial matters, his relationship with his future wife, Susannah Hayward, and the birth of his daughter, Betsey.

Thacher, James, 1754-1844, 22 A.L. to Fear (Thacher) Goodwin, 1787 March 1-1799 February 7, 1787 March 1-1799 February 7 Digital

Scope and Contents Correspondence about the course of treatment for his sister's tumors, in which Thacher advises her against using hemlock, instead recommending bloodletting and a "cooling physic." He further instructs her to follow an antiflammatory diet. He also writes with news of the deaths of his daughter and two sons and the grief his family is experiencing. Thacher further reports that he has taken on a medical pupil, and discusses a religious revival occurring in Plymouth. Other topics include his...

Thacher, James, 1754-1844, 22 A.L. to Fear (Thacher) Goodwin, 1800 February 4-1810 April, 1800 February 4-1810 April Digital

Scope and Contents Contains correspondence written over the course of a number of days in February 1800 about an illness that had afflicted his daughter and would cause her death. He also writes that he consented to an autopsy, and the two physicians who performed it found "about a tea cup full of water upon the brain which confirms my opinion that a dropsy of the brain was the cause of death." Also includes correspondence about the sudden illness and death of their mother in 1801, matters related to her...

Thacher, James, 1754-1844, 22 A.L. to Fear (Thacher) Goodwin, 1813 March 10-1828 December 15, 1813 March 10-1828 December 15 Digital

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Correspondence reporting on his work on a new edition of his Dispensatory, and discussing religion, the War of 1812, and news of family and friends, including the death of their sister, Content.

Thacher, James, 1754-1844, A.L.s. to Timothy Lindall Jennison; Plymouth, 1 side (3 pages), 1829 November 7, 1829 November 7 Digital

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Correspondence regarding sketches of physicians in his American Medical Biography. Of Cotton Mather, he writes, "His conduct at the time of the Salem witchcraft was indeed extraordinary & inexcusable. It is clear he received no lessons in the art of logic nor used any efforts to disinthral his mind from vulgar prejudice & superstition." Includes a 20th century transcription of the letter.

Thacher, James, 1754-1844, A.L.s. to Daniel A. Poor; Plymouth, Mass., 1 side (2 pages), 1829 April 4, 1829 April 4 Digital

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Correspondence to his niece's husband expressing his grief upon learning of the death of his sister, Fear (Thacher) Goodwin. Includes a 20th century transcription of the letter.

Thacher, James, 1754-1844, A.L.s. to Emily [Goodwin] Poor; Plymouth, 1 side (2 pages), 1842 February 4, Thacher, James, 1754-1844, A.L.s. to Emily [Goodwin] Poor; Plymouth, 1 side (2 pages), Digital

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Correspondence to his niece about a poem she published in a Portland newspaper. He also discusses his state of health at age 88, noting he cannot walk without difficulty and can hear very little. Includes a 20th century transcription of the letter.