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COLLECTION Identifier: H MS c14

Hall Jackson papers

Jackson, Hall, 1739-1797, A.L.s. to [ ] Avery; Portsmouth, N.H., 1 side (4 pages), 1771 October 15., 1771 October 15. Digital

Scope and Contents Correspondence to Mr. Avery regarding edema his wife was experiencing. Jackson excluded dropsy as the cause of her condition, suggesting the swelling was most likely caused by inactivity. He prescribed a squill (sea onion) pill and cream of tartar, among several other recipes containing liquor.

Jackson, Hall, 1739-1797, 2 A.L.s. to [ ] Card; Portsmouth, N.H., 1771 April 29-May 3., 1771 April 29-May 3. Digital

Scope and Contents Correspondence to Mr. Card about the course of treatment for his son Andrew, who had a swollen knee that became infected, and his proposal to amputate the boy's leg with the assistance of his father, Clement Jackson.

Jackson, Hall, 1739-1797, A.L. (copy) to Edward Augustus Holyoke; Portsmouth, N.H., 1 side (1 page), 1790 July 12., 1790 July 12. Digital

Scope and Contents Copy of correspondence about growing purple foxglove (digitalis purpurea) and its medical effectiveness in conditions such as "glandular diseases of the abdomen," which sometimes accompanied dropsy. He includes case histories of several patients he treated with foxglove for postpartum illness, dropsy, asthma, and swelling, with varying results.

Jackson, Hall, 1739-1797, A.L. (copy) to [ ] Thorndike; Portsmouth, N.H., 1 side (2 pages), 1786 March 9., 1786 March 9. Digital

Scope and Contents Copy of correspondence to Dr. Thorndike discussing the case of a patient with an abscess, and offering advice regarding the positive effects of cream of tartar and bark.

Withering, William, 1741-1799, A.L.s. to Hall Jackson; Birmingham, Eng., 1 side (4 pages), 1786 October 27., 1786 October 27. Digital

Scope and Contents Correspondence regarding the uses of digitalis purpurea in treating dropsy in American patients. Withering also suggests administering aromatics, steel, and sometimes mercury, and encouraging patients to exercise and wear warm clothing. Withering was responding to a 9 February 1786 letter from Jackson requesting digitalis purpurea seeds. The folder includes transcriptions of both letters, but the original February correspondence is not contained in this collection.

Jackson, Hall, 1739-1797, A.L. (copy) to [ ], 1 side (4 pages), undated. Digital

Scope and Contents Copy of correspondence to an unknown recipient, possibly a patient, apologizing for not answering a letter and explaining the circumstances that delayed him in writing. Jackson also offers his thoughts on the effects of cold baths, including discussion of their "powerful debilitating effects" on General John Sullivan (1740-1795).

Jackson, Hall, 1739-1797, A.L.s. to [ ]; Portsmouth, N.H., 1 side (4 pages), 1788 March 24., 1788 March 24. Digital

Scope and Contents Correspondence to an unknown recipient, possibly a patient, discussing the urgency of treating a case of "septic virus," for which Jackson recommended taking arsenic and a malt infusion. Jackson also encloses transcribed extracts correspondence he received from William Withering regarding the administration and safety of arsenic