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Military Hospital of the Eastern Department
[ARCHIVE OF MANUSCRIPT AND PRINTED DOCUMENTS RELATING TO DR. PHILIP TURNER]
A vast and important archive of manuscript and printed documents relating to the life and career of Dr. Philip Turner (1740-1815), Surgeon General of the Eastern Department during the Revolutionary War. Turner's medical career spanned nearly sixty years and three wars, beginning with his training as a youth during the French and Indian War and concluding with his post as surgeon to the staff of the U.S. Army at Fort Columbus during the War of 1812. Turner also conducted a highly regarded private practice in Norwich, Connecticut during the years leading up to and following the Revolution, and in New York City after relocating there in 1800. A large portion of the archive relates to the decades-long struggle of Turner and his heirs to receive due compensation from Congress for his service in the Revolutionary War, an excellent explanation of which may be found in Dr. Charles B. Graves' 1928 biographical essay on Turner published in the ANNALS OF MEDICAL HISTORY, Vol. A large portion of the archive relates to the decades-long struggle of Turner and his heirs to receive due compensation from Congress for his service in the Revolutionary War, an excellent explanation of which may be found in Dr. Charles B. Graves' 1928 biographical essay on Turner published in the ANNALS OF MEDICAL HISTORY, Vol. Turner was highly regarded by his contemporaries - not only the military men and politicians mentioned, but also Dr. John Morgan, who was the head of the army medical services during the Revolution - as possibly the most distinguished doctor in the infant United States. This collection includes important letters from these men. It also contains some very rare and important imprints relating to the medical corps in the Revolution, and an extraordinary run of weekly returns of hospital occupants which provide a remarkable picture of the situation in the Army during the War. While all of these returns are completed in manuscript, a number of them are on printed forms which are otherwise unrecorded imprints. All told, this is a tremendous collection of primary material relating to an important early American doctor and the medical aspect of the American Revolution. 1) Pre- Revolutionary War-Era (eighteen items): Norwich land deed from Peter Wickwire to Phillip Turner (father of Philip Turner). Draft made out to Capt. Philip Turner (i.e. Phillip Turner) by Benedict Arnold (father of the famous). Fifteen drafts made out to Philip Turner by various individuals (at least one draft, possibly all, relating to private medical practice). Norwich, Groton, Lebanon, & Stonington. March 5, 1765 - Aug. 17, 1774. Double-sided manuscript leaf with various notes and records relating to a debt owed to Turner. Windham & Norwich. Sept. 2, 1769 - Dec. 29, 1773. Washington's Army," by John Morgan, copied in Philip Turner's hand. [Camp near White Plains]. 3) Revolutionary War Service (forty-four items): A.l.s. from John Morgan to Philip Turner: military orders assigning Turner to the care of the "straggling sick and wounded" of Washington's army. A.l.s. from William Eustis to Philip Turner regarding hospital plans and regulations. Six letters from or to Philip Turner containing military orders. Danbury, Somerset, & Norwich. Sept. 17, 1778 - June 1, 1779. A.l.s. from Philip Turner: letter of reference for Timothy Hosmer. Seven letters to or from Philip Turner regarding medical supplies. Various places. April 13, 1778 - April 16, 1780. Congressional resolution, copied in manuscript, regarding housing for Philip Turner and others. [Np]. May 23, 1780. Two a.ls.s. from William Ledyard to Philip Turner regarding transfer of sick prisoners to hospital. Twelve documents addressed to, composed by, or copied by Philip Turner regarding compensation for medical services (authors and recipients include Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, John De La Mater, John Cochran, the U.S. Congress, and the Connecticut Assembly). Thirteen undated but demonstrably Revolutionary War-era documents composed, received, or copied by Philip Turner, including hospital returns, accounts, and drafts of letters by Turner on various subjects. 4) George Washington Correspondence (two items): Correspondence between Philip and George Washington, regarding Turner's plans for a new medical establishment: one a.l.s. from Turner and one a.l.s. from Washington. 4) George Washington Correspondence (two items): Correspondence between Philip and George Washington, regarding Turner's plans for a new medical establishment: one a.l.s. from Turner and one a.l.s. from Washington. Signed in print by Philip Turner, surgeon general of the Military Hospital of the Eastern Department. AUSTIN 1956. EVANS 16143. 7) Congressional Resolutions on Amending Regulations for the Army Hospital Service: [United States Congress]: PLAN FOR CONDUCTING THE HOSPITAL DEPARTMENT OF THE UNITED STATES. Signers of returns include Samuel Adams (son of the famous), Josiah Bartlett, C. Cunningham, William Eustis, James Fallon, Timothy Hosmer, Charles Pyncheon (i.e. Pynchon), David Townsend, Philip Turner, John Warren, and John G. Wright. Signers of returns include Samuel Adams (son), Josiah Bartlett, C. Cunningham, William Eustis, James Fallon, Timothy Hosmer, Charles Pyncheon (i.e. Pynchon), David Townsend, Philip Turner, John Warren, and John G. Wright. 12) Due Notes, Receipts, and Drafts, 1776- 1810 (fifty-two items): Primarily drafts made out to Philip Turner. All documents presumably relating to private practice or other non-military affairs. Various places, most prominently Norwich and New York. 13) Medical Journal: [Turner, Philip]: PHILIP TURNER'S MEDICAL COLLECTIONS AND EXPERIMENTAL OBSERVATIONS [AUTOGRAPH NOTEBOOK]. [Np. ca. 1774-1801]. Approximately pp., of which approximately seventy are inscribed. Contemporary calf, wallet-style binding, spine stamped in gilt, raised bands. Calf moderately worn. Several rear leaves excised. Very good. Autograph notebook of Dr. Philip Turner, containing an impressive variety of materials relating to medical theory and practice. The materials include an "enquiry into the Genius, understanding, and temper, which naturally fit a man for being a Physician"; a personal account ledger from Turner's arrival in New York in October 1800 to November 1801; an extensive written presentation on child delivery; notes on the treatment of "Kink cough" (i.e. whooping cough), fevers, and cancer, numerous remedies and medicinal preparations; and lists of abbreviations, weights and measures, and of "simples, & of such medicinal preparations as ought to be kept in readiness for Private Practice. 14) Revolutionary War Claims, 1779-1808 (twenty-nine items): Extract of minutes from Congress, Nov. 20, 1779, "on hospital and other affairs," in favor of medical staff for clothing and subsistence. [nd]. Copy in Philip Turner's hand. Memorial to the Continental Congress seeking compensation for service in the Revolutionary War. After June 13, 1781. Draft in Philip Turner's hand. A.l.s. from John Cochran to Turner, enclosing certificate in favor of Turner's claims. A.l.s. from Philip Turner: memorial to the state Assembly of Connecticut seeking compensation for service in the Revolutionary War. Hartford. May 23, 1782. A.l.s. from Philip Turner to Joseph Howell, Army Pay-Master. Correspondence between Benjamin Huntington and Joseph Howell regarding Howell's position that Turner is not entitled to commutation. Copies in Philip Turner's hand. Correspondence between Philip Turner and Henry Dearborn: three a.ls.s. from Turner, two a.ls.s. from Dearborn. Correspondence between Philip Turner and Henry Dearborn: three a.ls.s. from Turner, two a.ls.s. from Dearborn. Eight pieces of additional correspondence relating to claims, addressed to, composed by, or copied by Philip Turner, including one a.l.s. from William Eustis and one a.l.s. from Thomas Griswold. A.l.s. from Philip Turner to Henry Dearborn, containing autograph notes, signed, from William Eustis, John Warren, and Francis Wainwright. A.l.s. from Philip Turner to congressional Committee of Claims. Nd, but referred Nov. 4, 1807, Nov. 16, 1807, and Feb. 15, 1808. A.l.s. from Philip Turner to congressional Committee of Claims. November 1807 and January 1808. [U.S. Senate]: REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE PETITION OF PHILIP TURNER, LATE SURGEON GENERAL IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR. 15) Thomas Jefferson Correspondence (eight items) Correspondence between Philip Turner and Thomas Jefferson, regarding Turner's Revolutionary War claims; seven a.ls.s. from Turner and one a.l.s. from Jefferson. 15) Thomas Jefferson Correspondence (eight items) Correspondence between Philip Turner and Thomas Jefferson, regarding Turner's Revolutionary War claims; seven a.ls.s. from Turner and one a.l.s. from Jefferson. Dec. 28, 1801 - July 21, 1807 (Jefferson's letter to Turner
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