Papers, 1778-1813.


Papers, 1778-1813.

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 15 vols. of 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.

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