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COLLECTION Identifier: B MS c50

John Denison Hartshorn papers

Overview

The John Denison Hartshorn papers, 1754-1786 (inclusive), undated, contain medical notes and patient cases recorded by John Denison Hartshorn (1736-1756) while he was apprenticed to Boston physician and apothecary shop owner Silvester Gardiner (1708-1786), in addition to poetry written by Hartshorn. There is also some correspondence and papers of other physicians and associates of Hartshorn and Gardiner.

Dates

  • 1754-1786 (inclusive), undated.

Creator

Language of Materials

Papers are inEnglish.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Extent

0.28 cubic feet (1 flat storage box)
The John Denison Hartshorn papers, 1754-1786 (inclusive), undated, contain medical notes and patient cases recorded by John Denison Hartshorn (1736-1756) while he was apprenticed to Boston physician andapothecary shop owner Silvester Gardiner (1708-1786), in addition to poetry written by Hartshorn. There is also some correspondence and papers of other physicians and associates of Hartshorn and Gardiner.

Hartshorn's medical writings consist of recipes for pharmaceuticals, descriptions of patient cases and operations, such as a lithotomy, notes from medical textbooks, and inventories of medicines and instruments owned by other physicians, in addition to medicines that were sent with the British army during the French and Indian War.

There are also a number of poems written by Hartshorn on varioustopics, including a copy of a poem he composed about his apprenticeship,transcribed by his brother.

The papers and correspondence of others consist of letters between physicians, including correspondence to Gardiner and Hartshorn's brother Ebenezer, regarding patient cases and treatment, and amanuscript outlining a plan of study by William Jepson, a fellow apprentice to Gardiner. There is also a verse addressed to Ebenezer Hartshorn from N. Gardiner, an unsigned manuscript on smallpox, an unsigned poem on the eye, and a blank health certificate for sailors issued by the British government.

Papers are entirely in English.

Biographical Note

John Denison Hartshorn (1736-1752) was born in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1736. His father, Ebenezer Hartshorn, was a physician in Concord, and his older brother Ebenezer also became a physician. Hartshorn was apprenticed to Boston physician andapothecary shop owner Silvester Gardiner (1708-1786) in 1752, during which time he boarded with the Gardiner family and fellow apprentices. He died in 1756 of an unknown illness before his medical training was completed.

Hartshorn maintained a journal containing daily entries chronicling his life as a medical apprentice, which was published in 1929 in the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association.

Series and Subseries in the Collection

  1. I. Manuscripts and writings of John Denison Hartshorn, 1754-1756, undated.
  2. ___A. Medical notes and inventories, 1754-1756, undated.
  3. ___B. Poetry, 1755-1756,undated.
  4. II. Collected papers and correspondence, 1755-1786, undated.

Related Collections in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Center for the History of Medicine

  1. Journal of John Denison Hartshorn. B MS b118.1.

Processing Information

Processed by BrookeMcManus, 2016 January.

Processing staff in the Center forthe History of Medicine analyzed, arranged, and described the papers, and created a finding aid to improve access in 2016. The collection was described in a card catalog at an earlier date; the folder titles, as previously devised by staff, were retained.

Please note that the following abbreviations have been used: "A.L.s." for autographed letter signed; "A.MS.D." for autographed manuscript document; "A.MS.D.s." for autographed manuscript document signed; "A.MS." for autographed manuscript; "A.MS.s." for autographed manuscript signed; and "MS.D.s." for manuscript document signed; "MS.L." for manuscript letter; and "P.D." for printed document.
Link to catalog
Title
Hartshorn, John Denison (1736-1756). Papers, 1754-1786 (inclusive), undated: Finding Aid
Author
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Center for the History of Medicine.
Sponsor
Preservation and description was supported by the Arcadia-funded Colonial North American Project at Harvard University.
EAD ID
med00229

Repository Details

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

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