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Location: b, pf
Call No.: MS Am 1220, 1220.9-.13
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Jeffries, John, 1745-1819.
Title: John Jeffries papers,
Quantity: 1 collection (3.5 linear feet (2 boxes, 4 portfolio volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English with a few in French.
Abstract: Papers of Boston physician and balloonist John Jeffries concerning his medical practice and balloon ascensions.
Jeffries was a Boston physician, surgeon, scientist, and the first man (with Jean-Pierre Blanchard) to fly a balloon across the English Channel between England and France.
Arranged into the following series:
- I. Letters and other papers concerning John Jeffries
- II. John Jeffries compositions and other papers
- III. Oversize materials
Includes 20 volumes of diaries and journals, 1779-1819, beginning with Jeffries work as surgeon in British military hospitals in Nova Scotia and New York, service with British troops in a campaign during the American Revolution, and his subsequent practice in England. Diaries also contain Jeffries observations of balloon ascensions made in England in 1784 and 1785 with Jean-Pierre Blanchard. Other material relating to the balloon ascensions include bills and receipts; equipment lists; writings; agreement; correspondence, 1784-1786, of contemporaries; and a pen and sepia wash drawing. Medical papers include Jeffries' medical and surgical notebooks and essays, 1768-1775; orderly books, 1776-1778, from his service as a surgeon; and diplomas and medical commissions.Also includes papers about Jeffries, especially materials collected by Benjamin Joy Jeffries and James Howard Means.