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COLLECTION Identifier: H MS c472

Sylvanus Fansher papers

Smallpox inoculation notes, 1805 June, 1805 June Digital

Scope and Contents Contains notes on an experiment to "supersede the small-pox by vaccination two days after inoculation of the small-pox, by expediting the progress of the disease." The experiment involved inoculation of a 14-year-old boy in Bridgeport, Connecticut; Fansher created two punctures in each leg, two in each breast, and two in each arm, in which he administered cowpox matter. There are also notes on further experiments with vaccination on a human and using an onion.

Correspondence from Moses Younglove to Sylvanus Fansher, 1827 March 4, 1827 March 4 Digital

Scope and Contents Correspondence in response to an inquiry from Sylvanus Fansher in which Younglove describes his experiences with smallpox and cowpox inoculation. Younglove claims to have inoculated over 1,400 individuals with only six fatalities before the advent of vaccination. The letter is written on the verso of an 1825 broadside describing Younglove's treatment for smallpox patients.

Table of contents and list of plates from smallpox publication, circa 1833, 1833 Digital

Scope and Contents Contains a table of contents and numbered list of plates used in an untitled publication on smallpox and cowpox vaccination.

Announcement regarding windowsash invention by Sylvanus Fansher, circa 1835, 1835 Digital

Scope and Contents Contains Fansher's announcement and description of his "new and improved method of constructing windowsash fastening."

Correspondence from Sylvanus Fansher to Martin Van B1uren, circa 1838, 1838 Digital

Scope and Contents Copy of correspondence to President Martin Van Buren advocating the establishment of a national smallpox vaccine program, and describing his memorial to Congress regarding the same, delivered on April 18, 1838. On the verso is an undated announcement of a scientific exhibition in Hartford showcasing a camera obscura.

Correspondence from Edward R. Lambert to Sylvanus Fansher, 1839 October 31, 1839 October 31 Digital

Scope and Contents Correspondence responding to a letter from Fansher, in which Lambert indicates his medical practice was going well and that he had several "highly respectable" families to vaccinate. Lambert further offers to assist Fansher with writing a treatise on vaccinations.

Correspondence from Chester Fansher to Sylvanus Fansher, 1845 September 13, 1845 September 13 Digital

Scope and Contents Contains correspondence from Chester Fansher and other relatives offering news and updates on their family life and state of health.

Circular on smallpox vaccination, undated Digital

Scope and Contents Draft of a circular on smallpox and the history of smallpox vaccination in Europe.

List of vaccine cases, undated Digital

Scope and Contents Logbook of Fansher's smallpox vaccination cases with information on the patient name, age, and how the vaccine matter was introduced. There are also notes on the success of the vaccination, vaccine "seeds," and spurious cases.

Manuscript on capital punishment, undated Digital

Scope and Contents Contains crossed out sections of a draft of Fansher's memorial to Congress about smallpox, followed by a three-page manuscript address on capital punishment, in which he advocates life in prison rather than execution for convicted murderers.