Benjamin Smith Barton papers

The Barton papers contain the correspondence of Benjamin Smith Barton, professor of medicine at the College of Philadelphia, with scholars and scientists, among them: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Joseph Priestley, John Drayton, L. Valentine, Frederick Rush, and others; notes and observations on...

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Main Author: Barton, Benjamin Smith 1766-1815 (Creator)
Collection:Benjamin Smith Barton Papers
Collection Number:0034
Format: Manuscript
Language:English
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Physical Description: 1.25 Linear feet 1.25 linear feet, 4 boxes (200 items)
Summary: The Barton papers contain the correspondence of Benjamin Smith Barton, professor of medicine at the College of Philadelphia, with scholars and scientists, among them: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Joseph Priestley, John Drayton, L. Valentine, Frederick Rush, and others; notes and observations on natural phenomena. Also there are journals, 1789-1803. The journal for 1789 contains an interesting description of Barton's voyage on the Apollo from Gravesend, England, to Philadelphia; he notes talks with John Pemberton, a fellow passenger and Quaker preacher, about the early settlements in Pennsylvania; he reviews the biographies of William Penn and of Benjamin West, the painter. The later journals, 1794-1803, describe his travels through the states; his research in the fields of botany, mineralogy, anthropology, and zoology; his observations on frontier settlements, Indian tribes, and the physician condition of the land. Ten diplomas, 1790-1812 , from the College of Philadelphia and various European universities are included. Journal of Apollo voyage published in P.M.H.B., 9 (1885): 334-338.