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B MS c21

Waldo, Albigence, 1750-1794. Papers, 1768-1793 (inclusive), undated: Finding Aid

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: B MS c21
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Creator: Waldo, Albigence, 1750-1794.
Title: Albigence Waldo Papers,
Date(s): 1768-1793 (inclusive), undated.
Quantity: 0.22 cubic feet (1 flat storage box)
Language of materials: Papers are in English.
Abstract: The Albigence Waldo papers, 1768-1793 (inclusive), undated, contain correspondence from doctors and patients regarding cases Albigence Waldo (1750-1794) was treating; a manuscript describing his service in the American Revolutionary War; medical observations, prescriptions, and student notes; and medical bills.

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.D." for autographed document; and "MS.D." for manuscript document.

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Preferred Citation:

Albigence Waldo papers, 1768-1793 (inclusive), undated. B MS c21. Boston Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

Biographical Note

Albigence Waldo (1750-1794) was a surgeon with the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He practiced medicine in Pomfret, Connecticut, and was a founder of the Medical Society of Windham County, Connecticut.
Albigence Waldo was born in Pomfret, Connecticut, on 27 February 1750 to Abigail and Zacariah Waldo. He studied medicine under John Spalding of Canterbury, Connecticut. After the commencement of hostilities with Great Britain, he served as a clerk before he was commissioned as surgeon's mate of the 8th Connecticut Regiment in 1775; he was discharged a year later due to poor health, and he was appointed chief surgeon on the armed ship Oliver Cromwell in 1776. In 1777, he was commissioned as surgeon of the 1st Connecticut Infantry Regiment. He resigned his commission in 1779, again due to his health. Waldo subsequently returned to his hometown of Pomfret and established his practice. He also was a founder of the Medical Society of Windham County.
Waldo's regiment joined the main Continental Army in the fall of 1777, and he kept a detailed diary of his life as an army surgeon and conditions of the soldiers during the winter of 1777 to 1778 at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, which was published in Historical Magazine in 1861.
Waldo married Lydia Hurlbut (1751-1785) in 1772, and they had six children: Elisha Hurlbut (1773-1801), Ralph (1775-1777), Harriet (1777-1820), Thomas Fanning (1779-1854), Nancy (1781-1854), and Albigence, Jr. (1785-1849). After Lydia died, he remarried to Lucy Cargill (1762-1830); they had two daughters, Lucy (1788-1809) and Laura (1789-1795). Albigence Waldo died on 29 January 1794.

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Scope and Content

The Albigence Waldo papers, 1768-1793 (inclusive), undated, contain correspondence from doctors and patients regarding cases Albigence Waldo (1750-1794) was treating; a manuscript describing his service in the American Revolutionary War; medical observations, prescriptions, and student notes; and medical bills.

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Additional Index Terms

Medical care -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
Medical Records.
Medical referral -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
Medicine -- Practice -- Connecticut -- History -- 18th century.
Patients.
Pharmaceutical Preparations.
Physicians' writings.
Surgery, Operative.
Delivery of Healthcare -- history.
Education, Medical.
History of Medicine.
Mastectomy -- history.
Materia Medica -- history.
Medical Records.
Medicine -- 18th century.
Patient Care -- history.
Referral and Consultation -- history.
Surgical Procedures, Operative -- history.
Pomfret (Conn.).
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Medical care.
Correspondence.
Manuscripts (document genre).
Physicians.
Flint, J. H. (Joseph Henshaw), 1786-1846.
Waldo, Albigence, 1750-1794.

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