1845 Stampless Letter, Washington Nc New York Dispensary, Dr. John Snowden
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1845 Stampless Letter, Washington Nc New York Dispensary, Dr. John Snowden:
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"Be careful not to join in the vulgarity which the Physicians too often indulge in."
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3 page stampless letter written by Dr. John Snowden on January 5, 1845, at Washington, NC, to his brother Thomas Snowden at New York City. Letter measures approx. 8" x 9 3/4".
Dr. John Snowden, who was a physician at the New York Dispensary in Manhattan, gives brotherly advice to Thomas on how to handle himself at his new position there as Apothecary.
He begins by expressing his pleasure that the Visiting Committee "are pleased with your administration." He then offers this advice: "Endeavour to establish such an opinion by a steady and continued application to the interests of the institution. Show yourself a concientous servant and all will go well with you - not only to the trustees but to the physicians....Be careful not to join in the vulgarity which the Physicians to often indulge in...Brother, it ought to be matter of pride to us that although poor and having few of the advantages of many in the world, we are respected, and treated with more deference than those who make more pretensions." Apparently, John is seeking a different position and asks Thomas to "be on the lookout" for a vacancy "in either the Residency or District I would endeavour to get it." If Thomas is aware of a vacancy, John requests that he let him know in secret immediately so that he can contact "Mr. Minturn" or "De Peyster" about an opening.
Dr. John Snowden (1815-1848), Thomas Snowden (1825-1889), and Rev. William Edward Snowden (1817-1888) were born in NJ, the sons of immigrants Thomas Snowden (1776-1827) and Elizabeth McFadden (1786-1862). John graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia in New York City in 1844. He was appointed Physician at the New York Dispensary in 1844 and resigned in 1847. Dr. Snowden died of typhus at Ward's Island, New York City. Thomas Snowden (1825-1889) began working as the Apothecary at the New York Dispensary in 1844. He graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1849 and practiced in Westchester County, NY. He married Catharine Clinton Wood (1834-1910). Rev. William Edward Snowden (1817-1888) served as Rector at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Washington, NC, 1844-1848. See Catalogue of the Alumni, Officers, and Fellows, 1807-1891, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons (1891) and History of Saint Mark's Church, New Britain, Conn... (1907).
Major figures associated with the New York Dispensary who are mentioned in the letter include: Edward Minturn, who became a Life Member in 1840; Dr. William B. Parkinson, Physician-in-Chief 1842-1856; and James F. DePeyster, who became Secretary in 1824 and President in 1861. The New York Dispensary was established in 1790 to provide medical assistance to the poor. See Charter and By-Laws of the New York Dispensary (1810), Annual Report of the Board of Trustees... (1900).
Postal History: faded 30mm red CDS, WASHINGTON N.C., with manuscript 25 cents rate mark.
Condition: FRAGILE - right 1/3 of each page was separated and reattached with archival tape (including a small part of the signature), other archival tape repairs made to edge tears and some fold splits, hole and small missing piece on page 3 (affecting a few words), soiling, staining, age toning.
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