Elisha Bartlett Family Papers

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Elisha Bartlett Family papers
Creator: Bartlett (Family : Bartlett, Elisha, 1804-1855)
Call Number: D.96
Dates: 1804-1855
Physical Description: 4 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Separated Materials
Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Manuscript materials
Collection Overview
Title: Elisha Bartlett Family papers
Creator: Bartlett (Family : Bartlett, Elisha, 1804-1855)
Call Number: D.96
Dates: 1804-1855
Physical Description: 4 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Elisha Bartlett was born in Smithfield, Rhode Island, on October 6, 1804, the son of Otis and Waite Buffum Bartlett, who were Quakers. After preliminary study in Quaker schools and private study in medicine, he entered the medical department of Brown University, and graduated in 1826. In 1829, he married Elizabeth Slater of Smithfield, Rhode Island, and in 1832 was appointed to his first teaching post as professor of pathological anatomy and materia medica in the Berkshire Medical Institution at Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In succeeding years Elisha Bartlett pursued a distinguished career of teaching and writing, holding many different posts including professor of theory and practice of medicine at Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, 1841 and 1846; professor of the theory and practice of medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, 1844-46; the same position at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, 1849-50; professor of the institutes and practice of medicine in New York University, 1850-52; professor of materia medica and medical jurisprudence in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, 1852-55; and lecturer on the topics of materia medica and obstetrics at the Vermont Medical College in the spring and summer months from 1843 to 1852. Elisha Bartlett died in Smithfield, Rhode Island, on July 19, 1855. For further biographical information the reader should consult the article on Elisha Bartlett in the Dictionary of American Biography, and Charts A and B, below, which trace the genealogical relationships for part of the Bartlett family.brSomething otherness Bartlett Family Genealogy:brSomething otherness Chart AbrSomething otherness Elisha, b.10/06/1804, d.c.07/19/1855 m.1829, Elizabeth SlaterbrSomething otherness Caroline, b.03/11/1806, d. ? m.?,Isaac Brown brSomething otherness Adelia, b.01/01/1808, d.? brSomething otherness Otis Bartlett b.02/20/1778, m. Waite Buffum b.09/29/1783brSomething otherness Rebecca,b.09/01/1810, d. ? m. ?, John D. BrownbrSomething otherness Ruth, b. b.06/14/1812, d. ?brSomething otherness Oliver, b.10/17/1815, d. ?brSomething otherness George, b.09/23/1817. d. ? brSomething otherness William Osborn, b.04/03/1820, d. 1881 m. ? had- WillardbrSomething otherness Sarah Earle, b.08/28/1822, d. ?brSomething othernessbrSomething otherness Chart BbrSomething otherness Otis Bartlett b. 02/20/1778brSomething otherness Walter Otis>m. 09/07/1823 b. 10/18/1836brSomething otherness Waity (?) Allen b.? d. ?

Scope and Content
The Bartlett Family Papers span the years from 1733 to 1924, with the bulk of the collection falling into the thirty-year period from 1832 to 1862. The papers consist of 4 boxes containing a total of approximately 510 items, of which 360 items are letters and approximately 150 items are manuscript materials including family related manuscripts, financial and legal materials, and miscellaneous items of printed ephemera. The collection contains a significant amount of material related to the medical career of Elisha Bartlett from 1832 to 1855, and the activities of Walter Otis Bartlett, Captain 1st Rhode Island Artillery, in the Civil War during 1861 to 1862. The collection also contained some printed pamphlet materials relating to Elisha Bartlett which were removed for cataloguing purposes. See register below for a listing of these printed materials.

The correspondence in the collection relating to Elisha Bartlett consists of approximately 41 letters from and 180 letters to him. Approximately 93 letters to, from, or about Elisha Bartlett are to or from correspondents listed in the Dictionary of American Biography. Twenty-five of these correspondents are physicians, surgeons, or chemists, including: Nathan Allen, Gurdon Buck, John William Draper, Benjamin Winslow Dudley, Pliny Earle, John Orne Green, Samuel David Gross, Elisha Huntington, Edward Jarvis, Joseph Johnson, Gilman Kimball, Leonidas Merion Lawson, Charles Alfred Lee, Reubin Dimond Mussey, William Osler, Martyn Paine, B.R. Palmer, Willard Parker, Robert Peter, Benjamin Silliman Jr., Nathan Ryno Smith, Alexander Hodgdon Stevens, Edward Livingston Trudeau, David Wendell Yandell, and Lunsford Pitts Yandell.

The bulk of the medically related correspondence is from physicians holding teaching posts at universities where Elisha Bartlett taught. The latter correspondence consists mainly of factual material relating to the yearly business of the universities.

There are a few letters to or from members of the Bartlett family including Elisha Bartlett's wife, Elizabeth Slater Bartlett. In addition, this correspondence includes 21 letters from his brother William Osborn Bartlett, a lawyer, mostly in connection with legal business.

Other notable correspondents in the collection include: Charles Butler, Caleb Cushing, John Davis, Charles Dickens, Alexander Hill Everett, James Thomas Fields, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, William Chauncy Langdon, Henry Cabot Lodge, William Brown Maclay, Robert Treat Paine, Thomas Wren Ward, Catherine Ann Ware Warfield, T.L. Woodruff, and Jeffries Wyman.

Walter Otis Bartlett was born on October 18, 1836, the son of Otis Bartlett and his second wife Waity(?) Allen Bartlett. He apparently served in the Union Army as a Captain of the 1st Rhode Island Artillery during 1861 and 1862. Further biographical information on Walter Otis Bartlett is found in his letters in the family correspondence.

The correspondence in the collection relating to Walter Otis Bartlett consists of 60 letters from him to members of the Bartlett family. The bulk of this correspondence is addressed to Bartlett's sister Caroline Bartlett Brown. Most of the remainder of his letters are addressed to another sister, Rebecca Bartlett Brown.

The Walter Otis Bartlett letters in the collection include significant but not necessarily large amounts of information on the following subjects: Bartlett's fellow officers in the war, the Battle of Bull Run, the troops' and officers' perceptions of political events in Washington, D.C., and Bartlett's attempt to resign from the Army.

The researcher should refer to the 'Box and Folder Identification' section for a description of the contents of each folder in the collection. The letters of notable correspondents as listed above are indexed in the correspondence catalog in the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation.

Subject(s):
Medicine--Study and teaching
Correspondence
Bartlett, Elisha, 1804-1855
Bartlett, Walter Otis
United States . Army . Rhode Island Light Artillery Regiment, 1st (1861-1865)
Bartlett (Family : Bartlett, Elisha, 1804-1855)
Physicians
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Bartlett Family Papers were purchased from John F. Fleming, Inc., New York City in June 1978. Additional materials were purchased from John F. Fleming, Inc. in September 1980.Access
The Elisha Bartlett Family papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Elisha Bartlett Family papers, D.96, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterSeparated Materials
Printed materials removed from collection for cataloguing purposes:

Allin, Charles M. Retro-pharyngeal Abscess; Its Medical History and Treatment; with a Statistical Table of Fifty-eight Cases. Reprint from the New York Journal of Medicine. New York: John F. Trow, Printer, 1851. Signed by author to "Elisha Bartlett M.D. With the author's respects."

The Atlantic Monthly. Vol. 1, No. 3, January 1858.

Bartlett, Elisha. A Brief Sketch of the Life, Character, and Writings of William Charles Wells, M.D., F.R.S.; An Address Delivered Before the Louisville Medical Society, December 7, 1849. Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1849.

Bartlett, Elisha. A Discourse on the Times, Character and Writings of Hippocrates. New York: H. Bailliere, 1852.

A Brief Memoir of Dr. Elisha Bartlett; With Selections from his Writings and a Bibliography of the Same. Providence: Sidney S. Rider, 1878. 2 copies.

Lowell, Massachusetts Historical Association. Contributions of the Old Residents' Historical Association, Lowell, Mass. Published by the Association, November 1883. Volume 2, No. 4. Includes section on Elisha Bartlett, p. 361-371.


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Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Arranged chronologically

Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, undated
Box 1, Folder 2Correspondence, July 13, 1804-December 31, 1828
Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence, January 1, 1829-December 31, 1834
Box 1, Folder 4Correspondence, January 1, 1835-December 31, 1838
Box 1, Folder 5Correspondence, January 1, 1839-December 31, 1841
Box 1, Folder 6Correspondence, January 1, 1842-December 31, 1844
Box 1, Folder 7Correspondence, January 1, 1845-December 31, 1845
Box 1, Folder 8Correspondence, January 1, 1846-December 31, 1846
Box 1, Folder 9Correspondence, January 1, 1847-December 31, 1847
Box 1, Folder 10Correspondence, January 1, 1848-June 30, 1849
Box 1, Folder 11Correspondence, July 1, 1849-July 31, 1850
Box 1, Folder 12Correspondence, August 1, 1850-October 31, 1850
Box 1, Folder 13Correspondence, November 1, 1850-March 31, 1851
Box 1, Folder 14Correspondence, April 1, 1851-December 31, 1851
Box 1, Folder 15Correspondence, January 1, 1852-July 31, 1852
Box 1, Folder 16Correspondence, August 1, 1852-December 31, 1852
Box 1, Folder 17Correspondence, January 1, 1853-December 31, 1854
Box 1, Folder 18Correspondence, January 1, 1855-December 31, 1857
Box 1, Folder 19Correspondence, January 1, 1858-December 31, 1860
Box 1, Folder 20Correspondence, January 1, 1861-March 31, 1861
Box 1, Folder 21Correspondence, April 1, 1861-June 30, 1861
Box 1, Folder 22Correspondence, July 1, 1861-September 30, 1861
Box 1, Folder 23Correspondence, October 1, 1861-December 31, 1861
Box 1, Folder 24Correspondence, January 1, 1862-March 31, 1862
Box 1, Folder 25Correspondence, April 1, 1862-June 30, 1862
Box 1, Folder 26Correspondence, July 1, 1862-September 30, 1862
Box 1, Folder 27Correspondence, October 1, 1862-December 31, 1862
Box 1, Folder 28Correspondence, January 1, 1863-December 31, 1868
Box 1, Folder 29Correspondence, January 1, 1869-December 31, 1880
Box 1, Folder 30Correspondence, January 1, 1881-December 31, 1890
Box 1, Folder 31Correspondence, January 1, 1891-April 11, 1924
Box 1, Folder 32Unidentified letter fragments, undated
Box 1, Folder 33Empty envelopes
Series II: Manuscript materials
Box 2, Folders 14-22 as well as all materials in Boxes 3 and 4, were added to the collection in September 1980.
Arranged alphabetically by last name
Boxes 3 and 4 are oversized flat boxes.

Box 2, Folder 1Bartlett, Elisha. Address to "Classmates and Fellow Students", September 1821
Box 2, Folder 2Bartlett, Elisha. List of assets, May 1845
Box 2, Folder 3Bartlett, Elisha. List of candidates for graduation at Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, submitted to Elisha Bartlett, January 5, 1848
Box 2, Folder 4Bartlett, Elisha. Last will and testament, April 18, 1855
Box 2, Folder 5Bartlett, Elisha. Legal and financial documents, 1838-1855 and undated
Box 2, Folder 6Bartlett, Elisha, and Bartlett Family. Printed materials and documents, 1863-1914
Box 2, Folder 7Bartlett, Elisha, and Bartlett Family. Printed and manuscript ephemera, undated
Box 2, Folder 8Bartlett, Elisha, and Bartlett Family. Miscellaneous manuscript materials, including poetry by Elisha Bartlett, undated
Box 2, Folder 9Bartlett, William Osborn. Manuscript materials on the Bartlett Patent Bridle, 1866
Box 2, Folder 10Bartlett, William Osborn. Legal and financial documents, 1870-1872 and undated
Box 2, Folder 11Bartlett, William Osborn. Miscellaneous manuscript materials, 1876-1881 and undated
Box 2, Folder 12Moreton(?), Frank. Manuscript of "Marion Grey, A Novel," by the author of "Sprees and Splashes of New York Life," undated
Box 2, Folder 13Rives, George Lockhart. Essay on "The Perils of Universal Suffrage", April 13, 1867
Box 2, Folder 14Bartlett, Elisha, and Arnold, Ruth. Bans of Marriage, Smithfield, Rhode Island, 1769
Box 2, Folder 15Bartlett, Elisha. "Early poems"
2 notebooks, 25 poems total

Box 2, Folder 16Bartlett, Elisha. Resolution upon the death of Elisha Bartlett, first Mayor of the City of Lowell, Massachusetts, July 24, 1855
Box 2, Folder 17Bartlett, George. Appointment as Executor of estate of Caleb Bartlett, Gloucester, Rhode Island, 1804
Box 2, Folder 18Bartlett, Stephen. Receipt from estate of Oliver Bartlett, Smithfield, Rhode Island, 1813
Box 2, Folder 19Bartlett, Waity. Manuscript copy of religious text, "transcribed for Waity Bartlett by her friend, R.E.C.," undated
Box 2, Folder 20Buffum, Thomas, and Arnold, Maria. Bans of marriage, Smithfield, Rhode Island, 1803
Box 2, Folder 21Taft, Jacob. Deeds, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1790 and 1793
Box 2, Folder 22Tennessee River, 2 maps of acreage, 1845 and undated
Box 3, Folder 1Arnold Family. Smithfield and Gloucester, Rhode Island
a. Arnold, Anthony. Deed, 1739.
b. Arnold, Aron. Deed, 1782. Witnessed by Elisha Bartlet.
c. Arnold, Peley. Map of plot of land purchased from Daniel Arnold, 1812.
d. Arnold, Richard. Inventory of estate in Smithfield, 1746.
e. Arnold, Thomas. Deed, 1733.
f. Arnold, Thomas. Deed, 1735.
Box 3, Folder 2Bartlet, Abner. Smithfield and Gloucester, Rhode Island
a. Promissory note, 1760.
b. Indenture agreement, 1763.
c. Deed, 1764.
d. Deed, 1766.
e. Deed, 1771.
f. Inventory of estate in Gloucester, 1785.
g. Letter of Administration, Elisha Bartlet, executor, 1785.
Box 3, Folder 3Bartlet, Elisha. Smithfield, Rhode Island
a. Deed from Elisha Bartlet, 1786.
b. Deed from Elisha Bartlet, 1789.
c. Deed to Elisha Bartlet, 1766.
d. Deed to Elisha Bartlet, 1768.
e. Deed to Elisha Bartlet, 1769.
f. Deed to Elisha Bartlet, 1782.
g. Deed to Elisha Bartlet, 1782.
h. Deed to Elisha Bartlet, 1783.
i. Deed to Elisha Bartlet, 1783.
j. Deed to Elisha Bartlet, 1784.
k. Deed to Elisha Bartlet, 1785.
l. Deed to Elisha Bartlet, 1791.
m. Deed to Elisha Bartlet, 1794.
n. Deed to Elisha Bartlet, 1795.
o. Deed to Elisha Bartlet, 1795.
p. Deed to Elisha Bartlet, 1799.
q. Deed to Elisha Bartlet, 1799.
r. Letter of Guardianship over Smith Bartlet, 1799.
s. Protest of non-payment of citation draft against estate of Elisha Bartlet, Bank of the United States, Philadelphia, 1804.
Box 3, Folder 4Bartlett, Elisha, Dr. Lowell, Massachusetts
a. Diploma, Brown University medical degree, 1826.
b. Deed to Elisha Bartlett, 1829.
c. Deed to Elisha Bartlett, 1834.
d. Deed to Elisha Bartlett, 1835.
e. Deed to Elisha Bartlett, 1837.
f. Deed to Elisha Bartlett, 1843.
g. Envelope addressed to "Elisha Bartlett, Mayor of the City of Lowell," n.d. [1836-?].
h. Appointment as Justice of the Peace, Middlesex County, 1835.
i. Appointment as Justice of the Peace, Middlesex County, 1836.
j. Appointment as Justice of the Peace, Middlesex County, 1843.
k. Appointment as Member of Board of Education, 1841.
l. Deed from Elisha Bartlett to George Bartlett, Smithfield, Rhode Island, 1846.
m. Autograph dedication of a book from Elisha Bartlett to George Bartlett, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, 1848.
n. Statement of the stocks of the estate of Elisha Bartlett, 1855.
Box 3, Folder 5Bartlett, Otis. Smithfield and Gloucester, Rhode Island
a. Map survey of land, Gloucester, 1804.
b. Deed, 1809.
c. Notations on apportionment of land, 1811.
d. Distribution of estate of Oliver Bartlett to Otis Bartlett, 1812.
e. Deed, 1825. Bartlett, Willard. See Box 4.
Box 3, Folder 6Buffum, Thomas. Smithfield and Providence, Rhode Island
a. Deed, 1807.
b. Certification of shares in Smithfield Union Bank, 1811.
c. Appointment as Justice of Supreme Judicial Court, Rhode Island, 1819.
d. Appointment as Justice of Supreme Judicial Court, Rhode Island, 1822.
e. Deed, 1826.
f. Deed, 1829.
Box 3, Folder 7Chipman, Cassius. Vermont
a. Commission as Lieutenant in the Vermont Militia, 1824.
Box 3, Folder 8Chipman, Nathaniel. Vermont and New Hampshire
a. Appointment as Chief Judge of Supreme Court in Vermont, 1796.
b. Diploma, Dartmouth College, Degree of Surgeon, 1797.
c. Appointment as Chief Judge of Supreme Court in Vermont, 1814.
Box 3, Folder 9Darrah, Robert. Lowell, Massachusetts
a. Deed from Charles Adams, 1836.
b. Deed to Charles Adams, 1836.
Box 3, Folder 10Duggin, Emilie. New York City, New York
a. Deed, 1870.
Box 3, Folder 11Oppie, James. New York State
a. License to practice law in Court of Equity of New York State, 1825.
b. Commission as Ensign in the New York Militia, 1828.
c. Commission as Captain in the New York Militia, 1830.
d. License to practice law in Court of Chancery of New York State, 1830.
Box 3, Folder 12Miscellaneous newspaper collection, 1833-1872
a. The Sun, New York, Issue Number 1, September 3, 1833
2 copies

b. Sacramento News-Letter, Vol. 1, No. 4, August 30, 1851.
c. The Southern Sentinel, Alexandria, Louisiana, Vol. 1, No. 5?, April 18, 1863.
d. Weekly Patriot, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Vol. 20, No. 12, March 20, 1872.
e. Alaska Herald, San Francisco, Vol. 5, No. 111, August 24, 1872
Box 4, Folder 1Bartlett, Willard. License to practice law in New York State, from Supreme Court of New York, 1868
Box 4, Folder 2Bartlett, Willard. Diploma, New York University?, 1868
Box 4, Folder 3Bartlett, Willard. Diploma, Columbia College, 1869
Box 4, Folder 4Bartlett, Willard. Diploma, New York University?, 1894?
Box 4, Folder 5Bartlett, Willard. Diploma, Hamilton College, 1895
Box 4, Folder 6Bartlett, Willard. Diploma, Columbia College, 1904


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