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B MS c54

Bartlett, Levi, 1763-1828. Papers, 1781-1823 (inclusive), undated: Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: B MS c54
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Creator: Bartlett, Levi, 1763-1828.
Title: Levi Bartlett papers
Date(s): 1781-1823 (inclusive), undated.
Quantity: 1.07 cubic feet (2 flat storage boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: 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.

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.

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The Boston Medical Library does not hold copyright on all the materials in the collection. Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to Public Services. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from Public Services are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

Preferred Citation:

Levi Bartlett papers, 1781-1823 (inclusive), undated. B MS c54. Boston Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

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.

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Scope and Content

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.

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Additional Index Terms

Finance, Personal.
Materia medica.
Medical care -- New Hampshire -- History -- 18th century.
Medical care -- New Hampshire -- History -- 18th century.
Medicine -- New Hampshire -- History -- 19th century.
Medicine -- New Hampshire -- History -- 19th century.
Patients.
Physicians -- New Hampshire -- 18th century.
Physicians -- New Hampshire -- 19th century.
Smallpox -- History -- New England -- 19th century.
Delivery of Healthcare -- history -- New Hampshire.
History of Medicine.
Medicine -- 18th century.
Medicine -- 19th century.
House Calls.
Materia Medica -- history.
Smallpox -- history.
Smallpox -- prevention & control.
Surgical Procedures, Operative.
Vaccination.
New England -- Commerce.
New Hampshire. Militia.
New Hampshire -- Politics and government -- 18th century.
New Hampshire -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
New Hampshire -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Physicians.
Bartlett, Ezra, 1770-1848.
Bartlett, Levi, 1763-1828.
Bartlett, Josiah, 1768-1838.
Calef, Josiah.
Currier, William.
Gilman, Nicholas, 1755-1814.
Gove, Jonathan, 1746-1818.
Hazeltine, Richard, 1773-1836.
Jackson, Hall, 1739-1797.
Langdon, John, 1741-1819.
Peabody, Stephen, 1741-1819.
Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846.
Wingate, Joseph Ferdinand, 1786-.
Worcester, Noah, 1758-1837.
New-Hampshire Medical Society.

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