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COLLECTION Identifier: B MS c54

Levi Bartlett papers

Overview

The Levi Bartlett papers, 1781-1823 (inclusive), undated, contain correspondence of Levi Bartlett (1763-1828) with family, including his brother Ezra Bartlett (1770-1848), business and medical colleagues, and friends, concerning domestic, financial, medical, and political matters. There is also correspondence from his business associate William Currier pertaining to their trading ventures, and assorted financial accounts.

Dates

  • 1781-1823 (inclusive), undated.

Creator

Language of Materials

Papers are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

Public Domain.

Extent

1.07 cubic feet (2 flat storage boxes)
The Levi Bartlett papers, 1781-1823 (inclusive), undated, contain correspondence of Levi Bartlett (1763-1828) with family, including his brother Ezra Bartlett (1770-1848), business and medical colleagues, and friends, concerning domestic, financial, medical, and political matters. There is also correspondence from his business associate William Currier pertaining to their trading ventures, and assorted financial accounts.

Correspondence with brother Ezra pertains to their respective patient cases and financial matters, family news, and New Hampshire politics. There are several letters from Ezra regarding smallpox and vaccinating his patients using cowpox matter secured from Harvard professor Benjamin Waterhouse (1754-1846), who pioneered the procedure in America.

Correspondence with William Currier describes the state of their trading venture, including goods bought and sold, such as wine and coffee. There are a number of letters to and from Bartlett relating to settlement of debts and financial matters, some of which may be bills to patients. Letters from other physicians sometimes include requests that Bartlett consult on patient cases. There are also letters from Bartlett's patients asking him to make house calls to evaluate their various ailments. Other correspondence with friends and associates relate to the New Hampshire Medical Society, the New Hampshire militia, and political elections.

The collection contains a small amount of correspondence of Bartlett's family members and associates, as well as two manuscripts related to accounting.

Papers are entirely in English.

Biographical Notes

Levi Bartlett (1763-1828) was a physician in Kingston, New Hampshire. He studied medicine with his father, Josiah Bartlett, and with Thomas Kittredge of Andover, Massachusetts, before establishing his own practice. Bartlett also was active in New Hampshire politics and in local business and civic matters.

Levi Bartlett was born on 3 September 1763, in Kingston, New Hampshire, to Mary and Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795). His father was founder of the New Hampshire Medical Society (1791), delegate to the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence, and governor of New Hampshire from 1792 to 1794. His brother Josiah Bartlett (1768-1838), practiced medicine in Stratham, New Hampshire, and his brother Ezra Bartlett (1770-1848), also a physician, practiced in Haverhill, New Hampshire.

Bartlett and his brothers were all active in the New Hampshire Medical Society, with Bartlett serving as secretary from 1800 to 1806. He was also a presidential elector (1804), and a justice in the court of common pleas (1807) and in the circuit court (1816-1820). He additionally served as a lieutenant colonel commandant in the 7th Regiment of the New Hampshire militia. Bartlett's business interests included property and trade, and he was a stockholder in the New Hampshire Union Bank.

Bartlett married Sarah Hook (1765-1793) in 1791, and they had one son, who died in infancy. After her death, he married Abigail Stevens (1774-1840) in 1807, and they had three children, Luella Juliette (1807-1857), Junia Loretta (1810-1849), and Levi Stevens (1811-1865). Levi Bartlett died on 30 January 1828 in Kingston.

Series in the Collection

  1. I. Correspondence of Levi Bartlett, 1781-1823
  2. II. Correspondence of others, 1791-1823
  3. III. Manuscripts, 1793-1803

Digitization Funding

Collections and items have been digitized with the generous support of The Polonsky Foundation.

Resources about Levi Bartlett

  • Levi Bartlett. Genealogical and biographical sketches of the Bartlett family in England and America. Lawrence: G. M. Merrill & Crocker, Printer, 1876.

Processing Information

Processed by Brooke McManus, 2015 December.

Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine analyzed, arranged, and described the papers, and created a finding aid to improve access in 2015. 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." for autographed letter; "A.L.s." for autographed letter signed; "A.MS." for autographed manuscript; "A.N." for autographed note; "A.N.s." for autographed note signed; "A.D.s." for autographed document signed; and "MS.D." for manuscript document.
Link to catalog
Title
Bartlett, Levi, 1763-1828. Papers, 1781-1823 (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
med00224

Repository Details

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

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