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James Mease papers, 1794-1848
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Series 1. Biographical materials.

Physical Description: 2 folders
Box 1, Folder 1

Biographical sketches.

Scope and Content Note

typed transcripts of personal accounts by JM, original manuscript and transcriber unknown; tells of JM's early medical training, for a short time under Dr. Romeyn in New York, then under Dr. Rush in Philadelphia (4 p.); also, personality and character of JM's mother (1 p.)
Box 1, Folder 2

John Mease's (father) Revolutionary War service. 1823

Scope and Content Note

facsimile of a letter of discharge from The Philadelphia Troop of Light Horse signed by George Washington, dated Morris Town, 23 Jan. 1777; cover letter from Captain J. R. D. Smith to John Mease, dated 8 May 1823, stating that Mr. Mease was an active member of the Troop at the time of discharge

Series 2. Writings and Speeches 1799-1836

Physical Description: 1 document box plus 7 folders
Box 2, Folder 1

Letterbook. 1802-1836

Physical Description: folio volume, 21 x 33 cm., 272 pp. ; bound in contemporary reversed sheepskin; spine title: "Letter Book No. 2"; signature inside front cover

Scope and Content Note

records and summaries, sometimes complete copies, of outgoing letters
Box 2, Folder 2

Agricultural Register.

Physical Description: folio volume, 21 x 33 cm., 184 pp.; alphabetical tabs in front of the volume for index

Scope and Content Note

records of JM's horticultural and agricultural interest, thoughts, experiments
Box 1, Folder 3

Agricultural Register.

Scope and Content Note

photocopies of outside and inside covers of folio volume, showing jottings and list of books
Box 1, Folder 4

Eulogium on Dr. Cooper. 1799

Scope and Content Note

text of address delivered to the Medical Academy of Philadelphia, Jan. 10, 1799 on the death from yellow fever of Dr. Samuel Cooper, 1772-1798
Box 1, Folder 5

Plan of a Corporation Bank to enable the Council always to anticipate the City funds, respectfully submitted by James Mease, Philadelphia, June 30, 1801. 1801

Scope and Content Note

three pages
Box 1, Folder 6

Biography of General Thomas Mifflin.

Scope and Content Note

partial draft and scattered notes on Mifflin's military career during the Revolutionary War, plus some additional information on his earlier and later life
Box 1, Folder 7

Natural history of the alligator.

Scope and Content Note

manuscript notes, including a sixteen-page collection, on the alligator, caiman and crocodile; also, a few printed pages (page proofs?) from "The English Reader," part I, chapter IX: "Promiscuous Pieces," with the word "Alligator" written across
Box 1, Folder 8

A speech to young people.

Scope and Content Note

partial draft of 3+ pages concerning the duty of performing one's assigned tasks to the best of one's abilities
Box 1, Folder 9

Fragments and notes.

Scope and Content Note

seven scraps of paper with writing usually on both sides, found between the pages of the "Letterbook"

Series 3. Correspondence 1794-1842

Physical Description: 5 folders
Box 1, Folder 10

Letters from JM to: 1814-1815

Scope and Content Note

TILTON, James, M.D. (pysician and Surgeon General), 10/7/1814 and 4/13/1815; WATTS, David (not in letter format, but folded to letter size and addressed to Watts), undated
Box 1, Folder 11

Letters to JM from U.S. correspondents: 1803-1842

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BAYLIES, Francis, Taunton, Mass., 12/11/1831; BEGGS, Andrew, Kiskiminetas, 3/5/1832; CHAMBERS, George, Cham...(?), 12/1/1832; CLINTON, Dewitt (governor of N.Y.), Albany, 12/4/1821; COCHRAN, Richard E., M.D., Columbia, Lancaster Co., Penn., 1/20/1832; COXE, William, Sunbury, 6/9/1823; EVERETT, Edward, Cambridge, 7/20/1822; FIELD, Martin, Fayetteville, 4/22/1833; FRAZER, Rev. Thomas, Inverness, 8/25/1830; GOODACRE, William, New York, 4/20/1833; GRIFFITH, M., Charlieshope (?), 8/16/1830; LOCKWOOD, Ralph, Milan, Huron Co., Ohio, 6/20/1821; MIFFLIN, James E., Wrightsville, York Co., 2/23/1830; MILLER, Edward (Principal Asst. Engineer, Allegheny Portage Railroad), Ebensburg, Cambria Co., Penn., 7/9/1832; MORRIS, Ann C., Morrisania, 3/25/1826; PLYMPTON, Henry, Boston, 11/27/1841 and 12/27/1841; PRINCE, William, (horticulturist), Flushing, 1/21/1803; STREATER, Charles, Wilkeshame, undated (first pages missing); TAYLOR, John, (U.S. Senator), Port Royal, Virginia, 8/1/1807; WHITNEY, Henrietta F., (wife of Eli Whitney), New Haven, 11/22/1826; * Williamson, William, West Chester, 2/21/1842


on verso of Miller letter, shows profile of crest line of 15 miles of the summit of the Allegheny Mountains, based on a 1830 survey
Box 1, Folder 12

Letters to JM from abroad: 1794-1841

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ANDERSON, James, M.D., London, 4/16/1799 and 9/7/1801 (the later letter is somewhat fragmentary); COWPER, John, St. Simons, 6/12/1841; DASCHKOF, A., St. Petersburgh, 7/8/1826; De la BECHE, Henry T., (geologist), Falmouth, 6/10/1837; EBELING, C. D., Hamburg, 7/30/1815; FABBRONI, Jean, Florence, 5/12/1805; FLINT, James, Edinburgh, 12/6/1830; GARDINER, Henry, Liverpool, 4/24/1825; GUILLEMARD, J., Woodford in Essen, 4/20/1833; HATZFIELD, Adolph, Hamburg, 2/10/1836; HORNE, Thomas Hartwell, London, 6/30/1831, 7/31/1834 and 3/9/1841; HUNTER, William, M.D., Calcutta, 11/1/1810; LETTSOM, J.D., M.D., London, 9/22/1802, 6/21/1803 and 5/25/1812; MACLAREN, Charles, (journalist), Edinburgh, 9/16/1830; MAFIZ(?), Charles C., Copenhagen, 10/28/1841; MOSELEY, Benjamin, M.D., London, 4/29/1793 and 7/26/1817; OBERS, Albert, M.D., Bremen, 1802 (?); PEARSON, G., M.D., London, 9/12/1802; PRICHARD, J.C., Bristol, 9/6/1838 and 10/25/1838; P_TRY, R. Wm. (?), Esher Surry (?), England, 7/31/1829; RENOUARD, George Cecil, Swanscombe, Dartford, 6/19/1841; ROSCOE, William, (historian) Liverpool, 4/21 and 5/1/1821, 7/17/1822; THEMMEN, Phoebus Hiberus, M.D., Amsterdam, 4/2/1794; VOGHT, Caspar, Hamburg, 9/20/1803; WILLICH, A. F. M., London, 8/1/1801; WILLICH, Charles M., London, 1/19/1833; YOUNG, Arthur, Bradfield Hall, England, 11/19/1802; [UNIDENTIFIED], Philipsburg Centre County, 4/14/1818; NOTES headed "cashmere goat," addressed on verso to Dr. James Mease, unsigned, undated
Box 1, Folder 13

Letters to JM from John C. Loudon, Bayswater. 1827-1837

Scope and Content Note

five letters from the Scottish horticultural writer and editor of "Gardener's Magazine"
Box 1, Folder 14

Other letters.

Scope and Content Note

* from Dr. Akinside to M. Wilkes in St. John's St., London, 5/21/1745; at head of sheet "Fac simile of Dr. Atkinside's hand-writing"; * from Gouvernor Morris, Morrisania, to David C. B. Ogden, 10/2/1816

Series 4. Miscellaneous Papers 1787-1847

Physical Description: 2 folders
Box 1, Folder 15

Map, Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Physical Description: 7 x 8"
Box 1, Folder 16

Newspaper clippings. 1826-1848

Scope and Content Note

* "The Daily Union," City of Washington, Saturday Night, October 23, 1847; * "Public Ledger," Philadelphia, Saturday, November 11, 1848; * clippings of newspaper stories and poems, pasted into the front cover and on six leaves of a ledger, with some partial manuscript entries visible, dated newspaper items range from 1826 to 1838; * "Consolidation. An account of parties in the United States, from the Convention of 1787, to the present period", print columns pasted unto blank leaves, no date or source; * "Justice to the memory of John Fitch, who in 1785 invented a steam engine and steamboat, planned, constructed and put in operation the steamboat 'Perseverance,' of sixty tons, moving at the rate of eight miles an hour in 1788, by C. Whittlesey; from The February 1845 number of The Western Literary Journal and Monthly Review", print columns pasted unto blank leaves; bears a partially legible handwritten note: "from Hesperian vol. 2, p. 106 and Amer. Review...p. 22"; * miscellaneous newspaper columns, pasted unto blank leaves, no date or source