Horatio Robinson Storer, M.D. (1830-1922)

This website provides information about Dr. Storer including his extensive writings and his efforts starting American Gynecology and the Physicians' Crusade Against Abortion.

Letters to Horatio Robinson Storer

Letters to Horatio Robinson Storer



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

[To Woodbury Storer from David Humphreys!!!!!]

                              Boston March 19th 1811

Dear Sir.

      Long absence from Boston prevented me from receiving your very welcome & acceptable favor, until lately.  I have been here a few days, & am on the eve of my departure.  I would not leave this place until I had thanked you for your obliging attention, in giving an account of my name-sake.

      I own, [but] I am not very partial to my own name.  It has, however, served my purposes tolerably well.  I wish it may do better by others.  Tho' names are arbitrary, they are not, always, absolutely indifferent.  Good conduct can enable anyBad conduct must disgrace every.  I hope & trust, the young person, in question, will, __her?ly, for himself, his friends, the world, adhere to the former--keep far aloof from the latter.

      Much occupied in my little concerns of farming & manufacturing, you will excuse me for not entering into details of my occupations.  I am about publishing a collection of Papers, on introduction of the fine wooled breed of sheep here.

      If any of your Booksellers would have an inclination to dispose of any copies, they will write to address: Increase Cooke & Co. of New Haven, who will print & publish the work.  I flatter myself, it may be useful, both to Farmers, Sheep-Breeders & Manufacturers.  I am Dear Sir with great respect & esteem yr m ob srvnt

                              David Humphreys

Addressed to

Woodbury Storer Esq





Addressed to Master Horatio R. Storer

                  No 14 Winter Street


Dr Brewer

                                          Roxbury Jan 10th 1836


My Dear Horatio

      I was very much gratified last evening in receiving your very neat, pretty letter.  I was quite astonished, for I did not know my dear Horatio could write.

      We shall hope, to receive letters from you often; and I shall take great pleasure in answering them.  We wish much to see you here, we were very sorry, we didn't bring you out with us, the day I was last in town, as the day was so fine, but I was so short on time with your Mother and Had so much to say to her and Thomas, that I never thought a word about my dear boy until I got into the chaise your grandfather said why did you not ask Horatio to go out with us, and then it was too late, to go back and ever since that time the sun has not shown.  But the first time the weather will permit, I hope your Father and Mother will allow you to come.  As soon as the weather is pleasant, Aunt Catherine will go in town and you can sleep with Aunt Elizabeth or Uncle John which you please.

      The weather is so very cold, the poor birds cannot find any thing to eat; they fly round the house, and one came yesterday and flew on the parlor window, where Aunt Jane was sitting and then on the grape vine and when you come here you shall feed them.

      Poor things!  they are very hungry and whenever they come near the house, Puss runs after them and very often catches them and eats them up!  We are very sorry to have puss so naughty for grandfather wants the birds to live and eat up the worms.  Sometimes we keep Puss shut up, so that the birds can fly around the house and get something to eat.

      Will you tell Frank, I hope he will go to school and learn to write too, that his grandmother wants a letter from him 

                        I am ever your affectionate

                              Grandmother  A[bigale]. Brewer




Addressed to Horatio Robinson Storer Esq.



                                    Friday evening


My dear boy

                  Your father has had a very hard day's work and feels very tired and almost sick.  but he feels unwilling to lie down without saying a word or two to his dear Horatio.  I was very much pleased that you went to the reading party with your Aunt Frances and behaved so well there.  It pleased your Aunt so.  Endeavor to be as good a boy as you can.  Uncle John and your Aunt were very kind to have you with them, and you must do all you can to make them happy and love you.  Your cousin Frances is an excellent girl. _____________  , you must try to do as well as she.  When you have an opportunity you must write me, and tell me what you are doing and how you all are.  Good night

                              Accept the love of

                                    your Father




Addressed to Master Horatio R Storer

Care of Dr D H Storer



                                          Steubenville, April 1st 1840[70?]


Dear Horatio,

            It has been some time since I received your letter but I have been trying to find time to answer it ever since.  Our vacation commenced last Saturday.  The examination was Thursday and Friday.  I wish you could of been here to hear little Emily recite her topic.  She was examined in first book of History and singing.  She did very well indeed for so young a child.  She expects to spend several weeks of the vacation in the country with Mother Campbell the lady that takes care of her.  If you had of been here on Friday I know you would of been pleased.  We all went to the examination of the Grove Academy.  Some little boys got up to the black board and explained sums in Algebra and ____ and explained Geometrical figures in the evening they had a contest at the church and the school is divided into two societies.  The sysmonde and cloric a platform was raised at one end of the church and where the two societies argued their cause.  The church was crowded.  All the gentlemen had to stand as there was not room for them to sit down.  There were ____ ____ some little boys about ten or twelve years old getting up and spoke.  Emily is shaking me so I can hardly write.  She is very anxious to write a post script to Frank.  I will have to end as I know nothing more that would interest you.  Give my love to all.  your affe cousin.

                                    Frances L. Storer


Dear Frank

                  I am very sorry I have not seen you for a long time.  But I hope to see you soon.  I am going out in the country part of this vacation and I expect to have a good deal of fun.  Give my love to all.  To Abby Mary, and all and accepting a great deal yourself.  write to me.

            your affectionate little cousin

                  Emily W. Storer


P.S. Emily is just learning to write, she has done very well I think.




[Ethel-October 1993]

Addressed to Master H. R. Storer, Sandwich.

                                    Sunday evening - 21 Janr [1844??]


My dear boy,

            Mrs Forsyth came in the morning and I cannot let her go without a line to you.  In a few weeks we hope again to see you.  The remainder of your time, I wish you to attend most carefully to your English Grammar.  The examination in my branch is very strict - and I would not for the world have you fail-; do your best - and I shall be perfectly satisfied.  Your mother and all ... ;folks are well - and all send their love.  Did you receive a letter, with a bill?  if you need any thing, let us know it. 

                                          Your affectionate father.

Your mother wishes you to ask Aunt Mercy, if she thinks you really need any summer clothes.  She thinks she sent you sufficient.





[Ethel-October 1993]

Addressed to Master Horatio & Francis H. Storer, Boston, Mass

                                          Newark  March 14th 1840

My dear Horatio & Frank

     We were all very much pleased in seeing your Uncle John & Abby Storer arrive here safe:  & very much gratified in reading your letters to your Aunt Elizabeth.  I hope you will write us every opportunity you have & send by a private conveyance.  I cannot tell you my dear boys, how much I want to see you both, it makes me feel very dull, every Sunday, that we cannot have you here, & keep us alive, we do want to hear your hearty laughs, & and have your good company.  We hope, your father Mother will let you come make us a visit when your Aunt Katy returns, either one, or both of you.  Horatio can have a very good school here & learn as much, or more, we think than he would at Sandwich.  All say, that this place is very pleasant in Summer & we think it must be - but Aunt Katy will tell you all about it.  So says Grandma, and Grandfather says he approves of it, and also says you must give his love to your Father and Mother, and say it would give us much pleasure to have H. pass the summer here, and go to school until he can enter the Latin school in Boston, and then have F come and make us a long, long visit and go to school we have excellent schools and most beautiful playgrounds, and we miss our grandchildren that it would be very kind in them to come and see Grand Father and Grand Mother.


     March 14 - I commenced this letter last night & was called off, & your Grandfather has been so kind as to write his wishes with mine , & have you come here instead of going where you went last summer.  I have a great deal I want to tell you but have not time as I want to see your Uncle John all the time.  I want you should write me how you like your new brother, Robert W. Storer - do you think he will be as good a boy as his brothers are?  What does Abby and Mary say to him?  I think dear Mary will want to kiss him all the time.  How do you get along now your mother is sick?  I hope you are both very careful not to make any noise.  & disturb your dear Mother, but try all in your power , & keep Abby and Mary still too.  You both, feel impatient I know, to have her get about house soon;  & she wants to get well soon, so that she can see Aunt Katy as much as she possibly can.


     My dear nephews- This is what I call a piece meal letter, something like that pudding they have down to Sandwich that Horace says is made of gingerbread pieces.  I was very glad to see the letter from you.  I hope you write as often as there is an opportunity.  We are always glad to hear from you, but should be much more glad to see your bright faces; and dear little Abby and Mary too, and little Robert.  Who does he look like, like Horace or Frank or neither, is he a good boy or does he like to exercise his lungs.  I wonder if he would know his Aunt Elizabeth do you think he would.  I flatter myself he would be the only one of my nephews and nieces that would not, but I am afraid Master Robert would cry and not laugh a welcome.  Has he blue eyes?  -  I was very sorry to hear last winter of the death of your cat.  It was too bad.  I know how to feel for you Franky, for I always feel bad too, when anything I love dies, and to die as she did is still worse.  I did not know the hen was dead.  Though you wrote in your last letter she was sick.  I am sorry she was a pretty creature.  And so you have been to two parties, that is more than your Aunty can say this winter, quite disappointed.  I  heard from Uncle John that Uncle Gardner said you both behaved very well, and it did him good to hear Frank laugh;, he seemed to enjoy it so much.  Did you have a good time!  how late did you stay.  What games did you play - Did cousin Mary E. receive her gusset or did she leave that to her mother. I should have liked to have been there and seen you very much.  I hope one of you will come on with "Aunt Katy-", We should all of us be very glad to see you, and Aunt Lizy would like one of you for a beau.  She will try to help one of you learn your lesson, and now and then will have a laugh with you.  I should like to see you very, very much and your dear sisters and brother.  Your affectionate Aunt Lizy.  I did not tell you you must be good boys for I would be sorry to think you would be otherwise.


     Did you ever see such a letter - I commenced writing and intended to finish it in a moment, & behold Aunt has written her wishes - & I have no more room than to say you must not let Abby and Mary forget their Grandfather and Grand Mother & you must give my love to them & kiss them for me & tell them I have sent some gumballs for them and you likewise - Give my best respects to your GrandMother Storer, & love to Aunt Frances & Aunt Sarah - My best love to your father and Mother & we hope soon to hear your Mother is again about house.  let us hear very soon from you all & you will gladden the heart of your affectionate GrandMother S. Brewer



                  Messrs. Horatio & Francis H. Storer




[Ethel-October 1993]

                                                      Boston May 26th 1840


My dear Horatio

    I have been very impatient for the arrival of the Sandwich packet & it did not get here until Saturday evening - it seemed a very long time to wait - it was 3 weeks that I had not heard from you - excepting the grandmother of the Howards (whose father was drowned on board the Lexington) called to see me, as she understood, that Frank was going to Sandwich - She said you were well when she saw you - which was delightful to know - although I must confess I had rather see your handwriting than to hear -  I sent you some more papers & if you have not lost or torn those I sent before you will find in the atlas almost every paper & letter signed T.M.B.  All those are written by Uncle Thomas who is now in Washington - There are some in this bundle from him but they are not as interesting as the others were (excepting the one I send now with a description of Newark) I am glad you have taken off your thick flannels - When you send again will you send your red flannel drawers - your woolen stockings & your hunters tippet - & any other clothes you may have done with are your shoes worth the mending? If so, send those too & I will have them mended - 

    Will you ask Uncle Joseph where you can carry your trunk to be mended - & if there is any place it can be done - Will you give my respects to Aunt Mercy  & ask her, whether she can lend you anything to keep your things in, while the lock is fixed - if she will I shall feel very much obliged, as I should be sorry to have you have such an excuse for not attending to your things - How happens it you sleep alone? Is it because you are such a bad bedfellow or what is the trouble & how happened Heath and you to separate?  Do you like to have the newspapers or not?  I send you Percey's Magazine & Harrison Almanac - take care of them and lend the almanac to anyone who would like to read it - I was glad to hear you had been fishing - We are all well -  Little Robert has been vaccinated & was very sick, but is getting over it - George's father has been here - he walked all the way from Alexandria!  I do not know whether he intends to take George, but suppose he will - I shall be sorry to have him go - Where do you get your ruled paper?  Have you used yours or have you changed with someone?  I send you 1 dollar - I hope you did not get      of candy this year - for it only disorders your stomach - Did I tell you Aunt Katie had gone home - Uncle Gardner & Aunt Mary went with her - I hope, my dear you try to be a good boy & remember that golden rule - to do as you would be done by - Frank will be sad enough if George goes - without you or him - Abby and Mary talk of you very often - Is there anything you want - if so send me word?  Was it the last or the first of June that we were to send those tickets to Mr. Thayer?  I am going to try to write to Grandmother & my arm is very feeble & I am easily tired­ - I will write soon again and believe me ever yours with deep affection     Abbey


Do your clothes want mending

if so, send them to me

                              Master Horatio R. Storer

                                    Sandwich, Mass.



Addressed to Master Horatio R. Storer, Sandwich Mass

Yav'd by Dr Brewer

                                                Newark August 3d 1840


My dear Horatio

      I presume in a few days you will return to Boston and try to enter the Latin School.  I hope you have studied attentively so that you will not be turned by.  Your mother wrote that you had a log cabin raising at Mr. Wings on Independent day.  I suppose you had a fine time of it.  We rode to orange a few days ago and Frank went with us to see the Log Cabin there,  it is quite a pretty one had has chairs for the President and secretary of the Tippecanoe Club and a desk made out of logs - a root of a tree which winds round leaving a hole in the center for a window and a part of a branch which is curved for a knocker.  Uncle Thomas has returned from Washington.  All last week he was quite sick with a violent inflammation in his eye.  he was not able to see and in great pain.  he is now better and expects to leave for Boston to-morrow.  Uncle Thomas, Frank and I took a walk last evening to see the inclined plane on the canal as Thomas had not seen it.  It is quite a curiosity as it is an inclined rail road.  The rails extend from a lock at the top where the water is turned off into a sluice which goes by the side of the railroad and turns a factory and falls again into the canal at the bottom.  We saw a boat going down when we arrived there after it had gone down we walked along by the side of the canal until we reached a lock and quite fortunately there was a boat going in to the lock so that Frank was able to see it.  He has been wanting to see one ever since he has been here but had not.  Did you ever see one.  If you have not I will try to describe it so that you may understand   if you do not Frank must try to explain.  Where there is a descent in a canal, the water would all run off and boats going up would find it difficult so they build a part of the canal bout the size of a canal boat and at each have gates opening like the folding doors we had at Roxbury only they have a long timber fastened at the top for a lever to open them.  The one we say was going down.  The man who tends the locks opened the upper gates and the water rushed into the lock until it was on a level with the canal.  The boat entered the lock and then they shut the upper gate and opened the lower one a little to let the water out gradually.  When the water had fallen to a level with the canal below the lock the lower gates were opened and the boat come out and they fastened the horse to it to go on.  We walked on before to see it go down the inclined plane.  There are two tracks on the railroad a car on each one goes up while the other does down.  They are connected by chains and are moved by a water wheel one of the cars was in the lock at the top there is a gate at each end which shut down inwards as one gate goes down the other rises.  The man turns a wheel to shut and open them just before the boat arrived at the lock a man on board blew a horn and the upper gate was shut down the other rose.  The water rushed in and the canal boat entered and went into the car where they fastened it .  They then let all of the water out of the lock and the lower gate shut down - on this gate are rails fitted to meet those on which was the car.  They then set the wheel going and the car carrying the boat descended.  The rails go beyond the plane into the water so that the car can go into the canal far enough for the boat to float off.  I hope you will be able to understand.  I wish you could come and see me and then you could see for yourself.  If I had thought, I should have written so much, I would taken a whole sheet.  Frank has been perfectly well since he came here.  He sends his love to you and says you said you would write to him this summer but you have not.

            From your affectionate Aunt Catherine




[Ethel-October 1993]

                                                Monday - 6 ock AM.

Dear Horatio,


      Have only one moment now.  Will write you soon by mail.  I was glad to get your note - hardly long enough for a letter - & to hear good things of the Latin school. 


      Write me long letters - I will try to gather some more minerals for you & Frank.  You must write Forman Wilkinson for his parents sake -  You have private coming across some times - but if forced? to? by mail you can.

      Love to all,  dear H- your aff & truly remembered -

                Your Uncle







[Ethel-October 1993]

                              Horatio R. Storer

                             Dr.D. H. Storer         

                             Winter Street


  Miss Bradbury

                                                      Syracuse  24 Ap. 41

Dear Horatio,


     Two months ago you wrote me by Mr. Brewer.I think, your first letter to me, since your entrance into the Latin School.  I was much gratified to learn that in a class of sixteen you were seventh in rank.  You allude to the others being older than yourself.  Think not much of this:  If the race is not always to the swift, be assured that distinction & honor are not the prerogative of age alone.  All success depends on your exertion,- your constant, steady, daily efforts.  If the habit of patient and careful attention is once formed, & like all habits it will be vastly quickened and strengthened by exercise, you will take the foremost rank in your class.  And, the particular book, or study on which you are engaged, can have your clear and undivided thought - it will cease to be difficult. 

     The great object is to collect one's thoughts and to concentrate them on the subject in hand.  I knew one, in College, who was not distinguished for quickness of parts,- or remarkable for his powers of memory- or imagination;- who, by his companions, was considered for a time, dull & heavy:-yet he was studious and patient - quiet and scrupulously honest in all his pursuits - spurning every little and mean advantage, that selfish and grovelling minds only can condescend to employ, he never allowed himself to postpone - or delay till the last moment his lessons - but went to them fresh and determined to conquer.  He never failed in anything.  And in reviews - at the close of the term or of the year, he appeared to great advantage.  It was all familiar to him because he had gone over the ground carefully and thoroughly.  He was seldom confused - or at a loss.  He took time, and acquired a steadiness of purpose - a clearness of perception & thought of judging  & comparing - that others more ambitious of display, & willing or unable to apply themselves, never attained.  I am convinced, my dear Horatio, that it is the power of attention, chiefly, that distinguishes minds - and gives the Scholar celebrity and success.  Let nothing divert you from the study assigned till you fully understand it.  Have, if possible only one thing before you, at a time to engage your attention.  Your strength is as effectually weakened & scattered by reading carelessly & many books on all sorts of things - as it would be by sight-seeing, or games of amusement.  The mind becomes averse to anything that requires attention - careful and close attention.  The individual grows more restless, & is unhappy without incessant novelty & excitement from without.  Now is the time - & you cannot begin too Early to have some method of system - for reading - study - & recreation.  Let me entreat you to cultivate the practice of writing down on paper, daily & frequently in the day, your thoughts & observations in relation to books, occurrences, & opinions.  You will find this of incalculable advantage as you advance, & are required at stated periods to prepare themes and forensics.  Follow this rule & you will write with rapidity and ease:- While others who have written no letters nor early been accustomed to compose - will dread it as talk work, & fail altogether.I beg you will favor me with a letter once a fortnight - relate minutely whatever you please - think nothing too trifling.- If tis worth talking about, tis worth writing about.  Excuse not yourself by saying "I have nothing to tell Uncle."  Think of your studies, your difficulties, & efforts & progress - & keep back nothing.  I only want the letter - a letter once a fortnight - more than one page too, (not like our good Uncle Littles) & carefully written.  Your hand resembles somewhat your father's in a hurried receipt for a Sick patient.  If this be so now with the "Latin Scholar" - what may we not expect to see in the Grecian.  Seriously, my dear fellow, mend your hand now - for it never improves after we enter college.  Look at your fathers - tis not to be compared with the books he filled up at the academy.  And even your Uncle John's, - I mean my own - which I dare say you are sometimes puzzled to read - tho I trust you will find no difficulty in reading this last page of my letter - mine, bad as it is now fairer and fuller at your age.  Bad penmanship is no certain evidence of good authorship.  Everett & Cushings are both remarkable for beautiful penmanship - Let me, hereafter, add the name of Horatio.  Think of you often - my dear nephew - & the dear ones in Winter St.  Will see you this summer?  I hope so.  I wish you were permitted to pass a few weeks here.  Had I a home or house as we had at Walpole, I would urge your father to send you to Syracuse.  In your next letter - tell me when your vacation takes place, and how long?  Dont you think you had better write Forman W. -?  He and his parents will think much of it - and you can say to him, that you dont think it worthwhile to write by mail & incur a heavy postage - but he can always and frequently find private conveyances. 

     Give my love to Father & Mother - & brother Frank, & Mary & Abbey - who by the way ought to be mentioned before M - & kiss all for me - & remember to write me often, if you love

                        Your Uncle                                                                       JPBStorer

















                                                Syracuse 24 Apr. 41


      Dear Horatio,

            Two months ago you wrote me by Mr. Brewer.  It was, I think, your first letter to me since your entrance into the Latin School.  I was much gratified to learn that in a class of 16, you were the seventh in rank.  You alluded to the others being older than yourself.  Think not much of this.  If the race is not always to the swift, be assured that distinction and honor are not the prerogative of age alone.  All ____ depends on your exertion, your constant, steady, daily efforts.  If the habit of patient & careful attention is once formed, & like all habits it will be vastly quickened & strengthened by exercise you will take the foremost rank in your class.  And if the particular book, or study on which you are engaged, can have your clear & undivided thought - it will cease to be difficult.

      The great object is to collect one's thoughts & concentrate them on the subject in hand.  I knew one, in College, who was not distinguished for quickness of parts, nor remarkable for his powers of memory or imagination; who, by his companions, was considered for a time dull & heavy; yet he was studious & patient - quiet & compulsively honest in all his pursuits ...

... Seriously, my dear fellow mind your hand now- for it never improves after you enter College.    ...  Bad penmanship helps no certain evidence of good authorship.  Everett & Cushing are both remarkable for beautiful penmanship.  Let me hereafter add the name of Horatio.

... and remember to write me often, if you love

            your Uncle

                  JPB Storer




Letter addressed to Horatio R Storer, Provincetown, (Mass)  Care of Capt Nat E. Atwood   Postmarked 10 May.


                                                Boston Wednesday  [Horatio won a prize for his "Etrurian dissertation" at the Latin School.  He was at Provincetown in bad weather in May 1846.  Look for this paper to have been published in the Boston Newspapers early in May 1846.]


My Dear Horatio

      If you could hear the enquiries in regard to a letter from you, you might think yourself of some importance in the world and for myself I feel somewhat as you imagined I should in regard to Robie -- not that I send to the office every 5 minutes, but I should like to, I will confess.  How do you enjoy this delightful weather.  The wind has been east here all the time since you left.  We feel afraid you may wish yourself here, if you have such weather.  You have appeared in print and I have been congratulated on having such a son.  What do you think of that!!!  Abbot recollected seeing you with a work on Etruria, and your father said you was amusing yrself.  He thought afterwards it was the most wonderful precocity he ever knew.  He laughed when he asked the subject -- "very funny" -- do not you think so.  Nat Hayward is at Plymouth spending his vacation.  I had a letter from Lorraine? today.  She has got two kind of eggs -- and will try to get more.  Her father took Robie into a factory-- and he asked a few questions -- is still very happy.  I went to see Mrs. Coe about Frank.  Told her what I wanted and she is to let us know what she shall charge and then we shall decide.  Her daughter that was married lives 3 miles from here and she would take her, if I do not conclude to have him go to the lake.  Father had a letter from Aunt M. she is very feeble.  Wants to come East.  I am very sleepy as you may think.  good night.

                                          yr's truly

                                          Abby J. Storer


P.S.  Grandfather, grandmother, Aunt Kate and Lizzy were very much surprised and delighted.  I had to go over in the rain Saturday and tell the news.  I think I never saw Grandfather appear more pleased.


Next page of same letter:

Thursday Morn.  My dear boy -- Why have you not written us -- we feel not a little anxious.  Like to have heard yesterday.  The weather has been very unpleasant, and we think you must have often wished yourself, at home.  But if you do not get sick, I have no doubt that the change will be of service to you.  Uncle Thomas goes to Nantucket about the 10th of June, and will take Frank with him.  Another letter from Linera(?), Robert doing as well as he did.

      I was engaged all day yesterday with the M[assachusetts. M[edical. S[ociet]y and shall be again today, and have only time say I hope you will enjoy yourself and feel back in health when you return.


                                                most affectionately




[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

      A package of Onthroceratitis collected on the Cramer Estates: "Ivator, Jochimsthal se" near the falls-at Narver, & presented to Horatio R. Storer - by

                  Chas Cramer.

1/13 July 1847.




[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                                          St. Petersburg 11/12 July 1847


My dear Sir:

      The suddenness of your departure leaves me but little leisure to address you a farewell line & to wish you sincerely a quick & safe passage home.

      With your leave I trouble you with a few pamphlets & notes to our mutual friends ________ a small package of fossilized fish-remains-\stria-& a couple of casts for yourself, hoping they will prove acceptable.  I regret I have nothing better to offer at present.

      Bear me no grudge for the inhospitable reception you met with at my hands.

      Farewell my good young friend.  May you and your brother ever feel happy.

                        Yours well wished(?)

                              Chas Cramer

To Horatio R. Storer, Esq.

The fish remains were lately discovered near the Village Marina on the river Slavanca, near Pavlofsky 18 miles from St. Petersburg towards Mosco.

The Stria - strongly marked - on the rocks at Gatchina abt 10 miles beyond Farsko Seto 30 m. from St Petersburg.

The Amphyx nasatus & prosocrynatus Casto were found at Tulkova near the Observatory ca 15 miles from  Petersburg.



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                                          July 11 1847

My dear Sir

      Herewith the promised Permits for Visiting the Imp. Mint.  You might play the "amiable" in escorting thither Miss Burrows pleading in my favor, for non a Hendance individuelle the pressure of Banking business--where my presence is indispensable.

                              Very truly


                                          Chas Cramer

2/12 July



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

      My dear Sir,

      You receive hereby seeds of the only vegetables which I know peculiar to Russia, viz, the small Murom(?) Cucumber, particularly fit to be preserved in salting, the flat & very sweet finnish turnip and the cabbage of northern Russia.  All the other kinds of vegetables are introduced from abroad, & even every year.  The finnish turnip requires a light sandy soil and succeeds best in places where the woods have just been burnt & the soil covered with ashes.  The common buckwheat, is very generally used by the people of this country, does by no means differ from the buckwheat of all the other countries in Europe.  The Libian(?)Buckwheat (Polygonum tatricum) is never cultivated & even in Libya hardly is made use of.

      I hope to see you before your leaving Petersburg & if only p_____, I shall send you on Saturday _____ a _____ box of his plants for Prof. A Gray.

      I remain very faithfully

                        Your obdt. servt

                              T W Fischer

July 9/21st 1847.

P.S. A plant, I cannot provide unfortunately seed of at this time, is the black Carrot from Georgia (from Tiblis); it is not to be got at this moment.

[HRS: Fischer   Director General Imperial Botanical Gardens, St Petersburg.]



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

      Exhibition 17 Oct. 1848.

A Latin dialogue,


Horatio Robinson Storer.

Cambridge 12 July


            Edward Everett:



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                  Cambridge 3 March 1849

Dear Sir [Uncle Robert]

      I am desirous of sending a brown paper parcel containing a book and a few pamphlets to Mr. Flenken our charge' d' Affairs at Copenhagen.  I beg to enquire whether I could do so by the Wallace.

      I am, Dear Sir, very respectfully Yours,

            Edward Everett.

R.B. Storer Esq:


[Harvard Archives HUD 3599.510 Harvard Natural HIstory Society  Letter book  1837-1850]

      A Committee consiting of Messrs Lothrop & Pierce of the Senior Class and Storer of the Junior Class were appointed to obtain some one to deliver the Annual Lecture.  They requested Dr. Holmes of Boston to deliver it & received the following answer:

      Boston April 21, 1849 


      I am obliged to say that I do not feel able to accept your very kind invitation to deliver a public lecture before the Natural History Society.  I have already pledged myself for one of the Summer anniversaries and after many months of what is to me hard labor however small its results, I am anxious not to assume any new responsibilities for the present.  Fortunately there are many who know a great deal more about the subjects in which your Society is interested, and I trust you may gain as much frm my inability to serve you as I shall lose in not having the pleasure of appearing before you at your annual meeting.

            Beliver me, gentlemen

                  Very truly your friend

                        (Signed)  O. W. Holmes

Messrs. L K Lothrop

      J. Pierce

      Horatio R.Storer





                  Portland Dec. 20. 1849.

Dear Horatio,

      Your affectionate letter of Oct. 10 last, gave me much pleasure.  I intended to reply to it then very soon, but pressing cases, enfeebled eyes & some other excuses operating have hindered.  I have been fearful you would feel hurt that I have failed so long to answer it, but trust you will overlook this want of promptitude.  I shall try next time to be decidedly prompt.

      We had promised ourselves a visit from you during vacation, & were not a little disappointed when we heard of your determination to visit the coast of Labrador.  I hope you will make us a visit during your next vacation, & be assured yr. Aunt, Abby & myself will do all we can to make your stay comfortable and pleasant.  I had hoped to have been favored with a short interview with you when I was at Boston last week, but found on enquiry you had been in the City the evening I arrived, & had returned to Cambridge.

      I was gratified to perceive that yr parents were enjoying such comfortable health, that Robert had grown so much & appeared so much better than when I last saw him.  I was pained however to find your Aunt Frances so feeble & her symptoms so unfavorable:  I had expected on arriving to find her quite restored.  I hope she may yet be raised up and spared for many years, to be a comfort to her friends.

      From your Father's remarks to me, I feel however, that her situation is considered very critical.  From a letter recd. today for your Uncle Robert, I perceive there is no alteration for the better since I left Boston.

      From your remarks as to the profession you ought to select, I feel quite clear (& your Aunt concurs in opinion with me.) that the medical profession is the one you seem to be peculiarly fitted for.

      I think you may be very useful in that profession, it is one fitted I think to your taste & sympathies & one in which I trust you will excel.  Your fathers position will tend to introduce you very speedily into practice, & the attainments you have already made in the theory & practice of medicine, will be of great service to you in your preparatory cores of study.

      The objections you hint at to the profession have some weight, to be sure; but what situation in life is free from trials?  Where is there to be found perfect rest?

      This State is one of trial, of discipline, but if we are truly penitent believers in Christ, we shall finally find that rest & blessedness which He has gone to prepare for them that love Him.  The Gospel says repent & believe in Christ & thou shalt be saved.  May it be found at last dear H. that we have truly repented & believed.  Repentance & faith (you are aware, doubtless) are synonymous with being "born again" & becoming "new Creatures in Christ."

      Your Aunt & Abby desire their affectionate remembrance to you.

      Accept the assurance of my continued regard & believe me Affectionately

                  your friend & Uncle

                        Woodbury Storer

Mr. H. R. Storer

      Cambridge University



[Ethel-October 1993]

                      Boston Society of Natural History.

                              Boston, February 21st 1851


            At a regular meeting of the Boston Society of Natural History, you were duly elected a member of that body.

            Your obedient servant,

                  L. L. Abbot.  Recording Secretary

To Mr Horatio R. Storer


N. B.  The regular meetings of the Society are held on the first and third Wednesday of every month, at 7 1/2 PM_


      Please to pay Dr. N. B. Shurtleff the sum of five dollars entrance fee_



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                                    8 Montgomery Place

                                    March 30th

My dear Mrs. Storer,

      I am sorry I have no better working copy to send than this.  It has the advantage, however, of being easily sent in a letter.  Hoping that it may serve to stir the patriotism of your derelict son.  I am

                        Faithfully yours

                              O.W. Holmes

[1854? is written at the top in  a different hand.]


[MHS: Page 77 of Warner letter book covering May 1851: Transcript of Warner letter to HRS Tuesday 27 May 1851"]

                        /No. 12 Franklin Place/ Boston

                              Tuesday 27 May 1851

My dear Storer:

      It was not my intention that my brother's little microscope should be returned, if you found it to be of any service.  It will rusty and dusty in my room: I shall never use it.  Will you receive it from your friend, if not for his sake as a slight memorial of early and I trust lasting friendship, at least for the ske of science in general, in however small degree it may contribute to aid yo\u in those interesting pursuits to which y\ou have begun to devote yourself; and

            beleive me every truly your fieind

                        Hermann J. Warner

If you write home during your trip, let me know of your luck.



[From Horatio's medical school Journal]



      You are hereby notified that at the next meeting of the Society, to be held on Wednesday evening, July 2nd, the subject of a change in the Constitution, so that any number of Curators may be chosen according to the exigencies of the Society, will come up for consideration.  You are respectfully requested to attend said meeting, as by a clause in the Constitution the votes of three fourths of the members are necessary for any lateration or amendment.  The meeting will be held, as usual, in the Library room of the Society, in Mason St., at 7 1/2 o'clock, P. M.


                        By order of the Society,

                              SAMUEL L. ABBOT, Recording Sec'y.


      Boston, June 23, 1851.


Addressed to

Horatio R. Storer Esq -

      Boston -


[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                                    Cambridge 30 June


My dear young friend,

      I have received your note bearing date the 16 May & 24 of June, together with the copy of the Pamphlet containing Mr. Storer's [Stone?]semicentennial discourse & the other exercises of the 11th of March.  I beg you not to think that any apology is necessary, for the manner in which you express yourself on this occasion.  On the contrary, in these days, a respect for age is so much impaired, that wherever it exists, it commands my special sympathy and approval.

      The Honorary degrees, to be given at Cambridge this year, have for some time been decided upon.  The law requires that they should be submitted by the Corporation to the Overseers a full month before Commencement.  It is consequently too late to make any proposition relative to your venerable relative for this year.  If you will bring the subject to my recollection about the 15th of April next year, I will lay it before the Corporation.-

      It will be wholly at their discretion to grant or withhold the degree, nor can I foresee how they will decide.  I will only say, that if it is withheld, it will not be in consequence of any sectarian opinions in which Mr. Stone [Storer]may be supposed to differ from the Corporation.  Their honors are bestowed with equal hand on those who agree and those who differ from them.-

      I remain, with much regard,

                  Sincerely yours,

                        Edward Everett.



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                                          6 Ryder Street S. James

                                          3rd Nov. 1854.

Dear Sir,

      Your packet, with a letter, and a copy of the additional part of your Father's History of the Fishes of Massachusetts I have duly received, and I beg to return my best thanks both to him and to you for the gift and the communication, and by you to offer him my kind regards for his acceptable mark of remembrance when your write.

      I am very glad to know that his Professional acquirements are so highly appreciated, tho' it may interfere with his Natural History labours.

      We are visited this year, in the South at least, with a very fine autumn, and I hope your Northern residence has proved favorable to your health-

            I am, Dear Sir,

                  Yours faithfully

                        Wm. Yarrell

Dr. Horatio R. Storer-




                                    Lawyer Boston [Febry 18/57]

      Dr. H. R. Storer

                  Dear Sir

                        The statutes of this Comlth respecting procuring abortion &c are found:


      These are all the statues on the subject in this Commonwealth; and you can see that causing the premature birth of a child is not under any circumstances murder.  Though killing the child the instant after birth would be.

      And yet premature birth undoubtedly results in very many cases in the death of the child which would otherwise have been born alive.

      It would be hard therefore to find in the moral law the same distinction made in the civil law between causing the death of a child immediately before & immediately after birth.  Before the birth though the civil law recognizes the existence of the child for some purposes, still so far as personal injury is concerned its being is engrossed, so t speak, in the mother.

                              Truly Yours &c

                                    John Keith

      Febry 18/57


                                          [get date from footnote 10 of Mohr]

Dr. Horatio R. Storer

            Dear Doctor,

                  I send you all I find in our statutes in relation the subject of yours of the 12th Ult.

      It is my present intention to endeavor to get a law passed in our Legislature to meet the case, much too common of administering drugs & injections either to prevent conception or destroy the embryo.  It is an undoubted fact that , especially in high?? life, & in the middle rank of society, many wives (& often with the connivance of their husbands) take measures of _____ kind.  It is not probable that any law could be enforced in such cases; but the fact of the existence of a law making it criminal, would probably have a moral influence to prevent it to some extent.  And perhaps in some cases it might be enforced against those who furnish knowingly & designedly the means of procuring the destruction of the embryo or foetus.

      I would be pleased to see your report when published.

                        Yours truly

                              Wm Henry Brisbane




                                                Detroit March 19 1857

Dr H. R. Storer

                  Dear Sir

                              I have copied from our statutes all that I could find that has any relation to the subject of procured abortion. Sec. 33 & 34 of Chapt 153.  It seems to me that is very crude although my attention has not before been called to the subject.

                        Very truly yours

                              A. D. Deland.



                                                Wilmington No Ca

                                                20th March 1857

Dear Sir

      Our code contains no statute on the subject of Criminal Abortion

      It is punishable at Common Law as an offence  against public morals, by fine & imprisonment.  All parties implicated liable to punishment

                              Very respectfully

                              James H. Dickson

Dr. Storer.


                                          Nashville March 20

H. Storer


            Dear Dr

                  Yours to Dr Lindsley is recd.  He is absent north - may be in Boston next month early.

      Your letter is filed & will be attended to duly at the meeting though we shall expect you at the Association.

      There is no statute on the subject of Crim. Ab. in this state, & no decisions in our Courts, as there has never been a case of the crime. 

      Good for Tennessee!

            Very truly yours,

                  James M. Hoyte


                              Troy  23 March 1857

Dear Dr

            Yours of the 19th inst come while I was from home.  You "want to know what Statutes are in force with "us" on the subject of criminal abortion"  Our "Revised Statutes" ...

      There my Dear Dr I believe are all the laws we have in force on this subject.  This last act was passed after the Mrs Restell tragedy in New York  with kind regards to Mrs S. your Father  & Mother  I remain

                        Yours very truly

                              Thos W Blatchford

H H Storer M.D.



                              Wilmington  March 23 '57


H. R. Storer MD

            My Dr Sir  Yrs of 19th was duly recd yesterday & not until today could I consult with two or 3 of our most eminent lawyers on the subject.  The Hon J. A. Bayard-Wades & Bates inform me that we have no specific law on the subject having few or no cases known among us, & some of the most eminent amongst them think the least legislation on the subject the better & so of some other horrid crimes as Sodomy. (This private) as I do not now know that I was authorized by them to report so much.  The crime if discovered could & would be punished under other laws existing on the Statute book of the State.  See Laws of Del in any attorneys office or genl law library Boston.  In New York perhaps in most of our large cities this crime is awfully on the increase by empirics & unprincipled med men, or calling themselves such.  Will you get an o _ _ v i c e?  I hope so.  If in any matters I can serve you in any enguiries please command me to do so.  As ever

                              Yrs very truly & sincerely

                                    J.W. Nim_____


                                    Chicago, March 23, 1857

Dr Storer

                  Dear Sir;

            Sec 46 of Chap 30 of ...

      This is all I find on the subject.

                        Your Abl Svt

                        D. Becinsull.


                                    Washington, March 24 / 57

Dear Sir:

      Yours of the 19th instant has ben received, and in reply I will state that in reference to the crime of malicious and felonious abortion, there is no statutory law in force in the District of Columbia.


      In virtue of an act of Congress the commissioners are now occupied in codifying and analyzing our laws, and when they reach that portion of criminal law relative to "Coroners" and "Abortion" they promise to communicate with me, before reducing the law to a statutory form.

      An answer?? to the above will be thankfully received.

                                    yours truly

                                    A. J. Semmes, M.D.

Dr. Storer



                                          March 25th  57

My dear sir

      Your note of the 19th was received on Saturday, and I hasten to send you the result of my inquiries in regard to the subject of which ou write.

      As it would be necessary to use many sheets of paper to convey the amount of information you seek, I must refer you to the Code of Va Printed in 1849 - and I doubt you will be able to find the volume in some library or lawyer's office.  Under the head of Crimes and Punishments, Table _____ from Chapter 191 to Chapter 200 both inclusive, you will find recorded the laws of Virginia on the subject of Criminal Abortion.

                              I am my dear sir very truly

                                          Your obdt. Svt.

                                          Ro. W Maxw_____ Naxall(?)



                                          St. Louis, March 24/'57

Dr. H. R. Storer,

Boston, Mass:

            Dear Doctor,

                  Enclosed I send you a copy of the only statute of this state concerning Criminal Abortion.  It embraced as you will perceive two classes of persons and so far as the physician is concerned might screen him in his disreputable practice.  The punishment seems to be wholly disproportionate to the sin and enormity of this offence.

      I am glad that you are directing your attention to this important subject and doubt not it will receive full justice at your hands.  When fully considered and your conclusions known, I should be glad to obtain them, as I can easily have them embraced in our own statutes.

      With sincerest regards to your own and your Fathers family, I remain

                              Yours very truly

                                    Charles A. Pope

[revised statues of missouri follows]




                              Chestertown March 25 57

Dear Sir

      Your favour of the 20th reach me two days ago, and I immediately sought the information you desire from a reliable source.  The first lawyer I consulted ...

      I hope the above information be satisfactory.  I am Dr Sir

                                    very respectfully

                                          F. Wroth

H. R. Storer


                                    Valparaiso Indiana

                                    March 25th 57

      Dear Sir

            Yours of the 16th came to hand a few days ago and I hasten to reply.  All the Statutes in force in this State on the subject of Criminal Abortion is condensed in one small section, which I have copied with punctuation and have enclosed.

                        Truly yours

                        R. A. Cameron, M.D.

Dr. H. R. Storer, Boston




                            City Registrar's Office

                                March 26, 1857

Dear Sir:

      I regret that I am unable to do more that furnish you with the number of stillborns in each of the years since 1849.  Prior to that year, still births were recorded among the deaths, so that to ascertain their number would involve an examination of several huge volumes, which would require an energetic siege of some weeks' duration.

      I do not know, that the information conveyed below is such as you desire, or that it will be of any value to you.  If, however, it should be in my power to furnish you with any data that should assist you in your labors, you may command me  with the most perfect freedom.


      The number of stillborns reported in Providence, R.I. last year was 111.  The population of that city being about 48,000 would require Boston to have about 400 of these births, instead of less than 300.  Undoubtedly more than a hundred yearly escape being recorded, a large proportion of which, no doubt, result from criminal abortion.

                  Yours respectfully

                        Mrs Apollonio

Dr. H. R. Storer



                                          Keene, Mar. 27th.

                  Dear Sir,

                        I was away from home when your note came,or should have replied to it earlier.

      The N. H. statute makes the attempt to produce miscarriage, without physician's advice, or necessity on acct. of danger to woman's life, punishable with imprisonment not more than a year, of fine $1000, or both.

      Same, with intent to destroy child, fine $1000 & confinement from one year to 10 yrs at hard labor.  If death of woman cause, guilty of murder in second degree.

      Woman voluntarily submitting to these proceedings, punished by imprisonment, not exceeding a year or fine $1000, or both.

                        Yours Truly

                              W. H. Thayer

Horatio R. Storer, M.D.


                                    Windsor Vt. March 28/57

Dr. Horatio R. Storer

      Dr Sir [Doctor?]

Enclosed please find a copy of our Statutes on the subject of Criminal Abortion

      yours respectfully

                  Ed. E. Phelps.

[Vermont Statute follows- surely have this photocoped at home]


[Countway  B MS  b 47]    St Anthony Minnesota Territory

                              March 28 th 1857

My dear Sir,

            I hastento reply to your inquiries in relation to "Criminal abortion ect.  The sttures of our Territory have the following provisions Chap 100

      Sec 10 ...

      The practice of producing abortion is freqently resorted to in our vicinity, and it is not unfrequent for married women of high social position to apply for medicined which will produce abortion - and itis with regret that I say that Regular physicians have in many instances, assissted in thes damnable practices.  The law as it stands is to us worthless & unless it is amended theevil will not soon cease.

                  Yours very Truly

                        C. W. Le Boutillier

 To H. R. Storer


                              Philad.  March 30th 1857

      Dear Doctor

            Your note of the 19th came to me while so engrossed with the business of examining candidates that I had no thought for anything else.  Our commencement, however, took place on Saturday, the 28th, and I am now at leisure to say to you what I know on the subject of hour inquiry.

      I do not know that there is any stature in our state on the subject of criminal abortion.  ...

                  Sincerely yours

                        Geo. _. Wood

Dr. H. R. Storer


            New Haven  April 2, 1857

Dr. Storer

      Dear Sir,  Enclosed is a copy of the section of our statutes that you request.  I happened to be specially engaged for some days after rec of you letter; and I feel mortified to consider how long I have delayed a reply.  Hope that my delay has caused you no inconvenience.


                              Yours truly

                                    Chas. Hooker



                                          Mobile April 2, 1857

Horatio N. Storer MD

      Dear Sir

            On my return home after an absence of six weeks, I found your letter on my table & this will, I hope, be my apology for the tardy attention it has recd.

      I furnish on the next page the information you require with my affectionate remembrance to your parents and the family,  I remain

                        Dr Sir, very truly

                              Yr friend & Obdtly

                                    A. Lopes


                                          N. Orleans

                                          April 2nd/57

Dear Sir;

      I should have answered your letter before, asking me for the statutes in force on the subject of criminal abortion, had I not read the word "Statutes" statistics.  I set about collecting these when I discovered my mistake.  I now then without further loss of time, inclose you the only act on the subject in force in Louisiana.

      It will afford me pleasure, at all times, to aid you in your investigations in any way in my power.

                                    very respectfully

                                          yr. obt st.

                                                E. H. Barton

Dr. Horatio R Storer


                                          Arena, Wisconsin April 6th 1857

Dr. Horatio R. Storer

            Dear Doctor,

                  I send you all I find in our statutes in relation to the subject of yours of teh 12th Ult.

      It is my present intention to endeavor to get a law paper by our legislature to meet thecase, much too common, of administering drugs & injections either to prevent conception or destroy the embryo.  It is an undoubted fact that, ispecially in high life, & in themiddle rank of society, many wives (& often with the connivance of theirhusbands) take measures of thiskind.  It is not probable that any law could be enforced in such cases; but the fact ofthe existence ofa law making it criminal, would probably have a moral influence to prevent it to some extent.  And perhaps in some cases it might be enforced against those who furnish knowingly & deisgnedly teh means of procruing the destruction of the embryo or foetus.

      I would be pleased to see your report when published

                        Yours Truly

                              Wm Henry Brisbane

[revised statutes of wisocnin 1849 follows]


                                          Boston  April 20, 1857

Dear Dr

      I have carefully read twice your report.  It is ably done, but the more I consider the subject the less I see how to meet the object intended, supposing the object to be as you suggest of so grave a nature.  From my own personal experience, I would not say that the procuring of abortion was common.  Therefore I could wish in your report that you could have given some proofs of the very great prevalence of the crime.  Others may, like myself, have no personal proof of the point.  To be a Committee man to report more stringent measures when one needs personal acquaintance with a subject to be reported on seems to me absurd.

      But let that point pass, I now proceed to lay before you some of the suggestions that have occurred to me during the perusal of the paper.  I will refer to pages, at least, at times.

      Page 5- It seems to me that the real cause of the inefficiency of the present statutes is more owing 1st to the present morale of the community in reference to the subject, & 2d to the great caution observed by all violators of the law & 3d to the fact that the operators & one operated on are both extremely desirous of concealment and therefore the law cannot find witnesses.  All the[se] troubles will [be] met by the Prosecuting Attorney in any case & under any law.  Hence I must say I have little hope of any Antiabortion Statute any more than I have confidence in any Maine or Anti-liquor law.

      Page 6.  Are there not cases where a physician would be justified in suggesting a course med as he would use in Amenorrhoea, even when he might suspect, but not be able to know of the evidence of pregnancy?  Suppose a mother of several children which she has in rapid succession & the physician feels assured that health & possible life will be endangered if another pregnancy occurs, would he be criminal if he were to use common means for amenorrhoea if the menses have been absent six weeks?

Page 7.  Are the cases always so plain that a man can decide & may he not balance a choice of evils?  This remark is partially answered by the preceding.

      Page 8.  We are asked to report on Criminal Abortion.  Let us keep to that.  Prevention of conception may be equally criminal, but we are not called at present to discuss it & we shall have hard work enough, I fear, to persuade the Society, as a Faculty to act on the subject of Abortion.  Therefore it would be better to avoid all other issues.

Page 15  Let us not go before the Society with any "hastily prepared" draft of a law.  But let us wait & only digest the matter.  I would lay it before some lawyer & take his advice.

      In conclusion, I would remark that I think your plan of making the woman an accomplice is perfectly just.

                        Yours very sincerely

                              Henry I. Bowditch

Dr. H R Storer



                                    Andover Mass May 7, 1857

Dear Sir,

      Although an entire stranger I feel prompted to express to you the great & sincere pleasure I have this day experienced in reading your remarks at a late meeting of the Suffolk Dis. Med Soc. as reported in the medical journal of this date  A few years ago I put forth an earnest effort to remove "The ignorance prevalent in the community respecting the actual & separate existence of foetal life in the early months of pregnancy"  I was prompted in this work by a desire to counteract so far as I could the influence of the lectures & writing of Hollok(?) et id genus orune with which our country is filled & all of which encourage crime.

      Most heartily do I hope that my medical brethren will engage heart & hand in this effort.

      Allow me to invite your attention to the Chapters on Reproduction & particularly to the remarks upon pages 109-110 of the accompanying little work which I take the liberty of sending you.  The book would never have been written had not this method of treating this most important & delicate subject suggested itself to my mind.  In common with others I had formerly supposed it could never be written upon in a work designed for popular use.[!]

                  With high esteem

                        Your obt svt

                              Stephen Tracy

To H.R Storer M. D.

The Mother and Her Offspring, by Stephen Tracy, M.D., Formerly a missionary physician of the A. B. C. F. M.[What do these stand for?] to the Chinese.

"A babe in a house is a well-spring of pleasure."

"A delight, but redolent of care."

New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1853.

Page 108-9

      "Here, then, is a new individual being in an early, although not its earliest, stage of its existence.  It is a Human Being.  It is one of the human family as really and truly as if it had lived six months or six years; consequently, its life should be as carefully and tenderly cherished.  Although it may seem to be a digression, I can not persuade myself to proceed further without making a few remarks upon a matter to which I beg to call the particular attention of every reader.  It is one of great practical, and even vital importance, and yet it is one that has not been at all well understood by the community.  Ignorance upon it has resulted in the commission of crimes of the greatest enormity.

      I shudder when I think that women sometimes designedly endeavor to bring on abortion.

      In order to do this, you perceive that the life of this human being must be destroyed.

      Its life commenced at the time of the formation of the embryonic cell--at the moment of conception; and no person has any right to destroy it by any means whatever.

      Its destruction is wholly and entirely inadmissible, and whoever for the sake of gain,or for any other possible reason, designedly destroys it, excepting in cases (which very seldom occur) where it is certainly and indispensably necessary, in order to save the life of the mother, commits a most awful crime, and will be called to give an account therefor at the judgment of the Great Day.

      Even in those lamentable and distressing cases where conception has taken place unlawfully, whatever and however aggravating may have been the circumstances, the destruction of the life of the foetus is a thing never to be thought of.

      The life of this new human being is SACRED, and no one but God himself either has, or can have, the least shadow of a right or liberty to take it away.

      To destroy its life, for the sake of saving one's self from exposure and mortification, is but to add a greater [110] to a lesser crime.  It is but tact the part of the man who, a few years since, being detected by an aged and feeble lady in stealing a small amount of property, committed that awful and infinitely more heinous crime of murder, to save himself from exposure.

      I am aware that these remarks may strike upon the minds of perhaps most of my readers as new doctrines.  But they are not new to well-informed medical men.  The investigations of physiologists have established them as incontrovertible TRUTHS, which should be known, and felt, and regarded by every human being.  Every woman who reads these pages, especially, is bound to let them be known as widely as possible."


                              [HRS hand: Blatchford - 13 May- 1857]

      I am glad, right glad, you have got hold of the subject of Criminal Abortion, a crime which 40 years ago, when I was a young practitioner, was of rare and scant occurrence, has become frequent and  bold.  It is high time it was taken hold of in good earnest, but you will find its roots deep and its branches very spreading.  It is so here our enactments to the contrary notwithstanding  The moral sense of community wants correcting, it is all obtundified (I had to made a word) on this subject.  Again I say, I am glad you have got hold of it.  Dont let it go until you have made your exertions tell on community.

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... Secretary, who acts as chairperson of a publishing Committee I can generally get a few Extras for friends.  The Legislature for several years have published them for us.  We report direct to them and it comes up as a Pub:D_ from 3 to 5 thousand are usually printed.  This last year 2000 for the Legislature and 2000 for the Society.  The typography is bad but we think that is compensated for by the circulation they get.  Each member of the Legislature has 10 for distribution in their respective counties.  Thus in each of our 63 counties may be found the facts? our Society pleas to send forth.  This we think is a great advantage.  To Sci___ ...



                                                Nashville July 4 1857

Dear Dr.

      I owe you an apology for not writing to you about the Committee but a ten weeks absence from home had put me so much behind in my work, that I have been a little remiss in mere acts of courtesy.

      The Nominating Committee objected to raising so large a special committee as you wished, but very cordially appointed you Chairman.  As such you have the privilege of selecting such Co-adjustors as you may wish.  The subject is very important as well as interesting, and the Washington meeting will be a good time to bring it up.  We all anticipate a very large turn out next year, which will make up for the small attendance at our for the present inaccessible city.

                              Yours very truly

                                    J. Berrien Lindsley

Dr. H. R. Storer



                                    Washington City

                                    March 16, 1859

My dear Sir,

      Your letter of the 11th instant has been duly received, and I take my earliest occasion to make reply.  I fully agree with you in your sense of the importance of bringing the subject of Criminal Abortion before the profession, and the proper authorities of society generally, in such imposing form as to lead to such measures as my effectually check the farther growth of so great an evil, and if possible put such an extinguisher upon it as to prevent its becoming a characteristic feature in American "civilization."  I am sure, however, that alarming as the increase of this abominable vice has become in our large commercial and manufacturing cities, or even interior districts, it is a crime which is as yet, comparatively, a stranger in this City; this may be owing to the difference in the elements and composition of the population.  Yet such fact, however, will not less the interest I take in the cause you indicate, and that it will afford me great pleasure to do all in my power to assist you in your investigations.

      I thank you for calling attention to the papers published on the subject in N. A. Medico-Chirurgical Review, and, it will be my purpose, from hereafter to write to you such views as may be called up into my mind on the matter.

      The field here is by no means a rich one for gleaning such truths as may tend to enlighten any efforts in behalf of this special cause.  Rarely is there a case of Criminal Abortion known among our permanent population, and this poverty in material will, I hope, excuse the poverty of my aid.  I trust your efforts will be crowned with success, as well as enlighten the proper thinking portion of the country of the necessity of abating this dark vice.

      It is a singular fact that Criminal Abortions and child-murder are vices which seem to prevail among the Scandinavian, (so-called) Anglo-Saxon, and German races, and that child-murder is a crime which rarely stains the public reputation of the Latin races of Europe.

      The Northern races of Europe seem to be addicted to more horrid and barbarous crimes than those of the South.  The police-statistics prove, beyond doubt, that crimes of the above character are more prevalent and habitual among the people of Great Britain, Sweden, Norway and, I am pained to say, the United States, than in France, Spain, Italy and Austria.

      I will thank you if you indicate more particularly the special inquires and distinct matters in relation to the subject which you wish to have attended to in furtherance of your report.

                  In haste

                        I remain

                              very truly

                                    your dvt svt

                                    A. J. Semmes

Dr. Horatio R. Storer

            Boston, Mass.


                                    St. Louis, March 18th '59

Horatio R. Storer, M.D.


            Dear Dr.

                  Your kind letter asking me to join in rendering your report on Criminal Abortion to the Am. Med. Association was received on yesterday.  I will do so most cheerfully, and hope that your efforts "at the revision and more consistent wording of our laws upon the subject, and to abate the prevailing ignorance of the true character of the crime" may meet with abundant success.

      I shall endeavor to meet you if possible in Louisville in May next.

      With sincere regards to your Father and Mother and the rest of your family I remain

                        Yours very truly

                        Charles A. Pope



                                          Arena Wisconsin, March 19th 1859

Dear Doctor,

      Yours of the 11th came to hand this date.  Your do me honor in the request to be associated with you on Committee.  I do not know in what way I can render you any service as my time this spring will be very much occupied.  But I cannot refuse you the use of my name & what service I can render at your suggestion.

      I succeeded in having enacted by our Legislature the following Statute:


      I have not had the opportunity of reading your articles in the Journal to which you referred me as I do not take that Journal.  But will take the first opportunity to peruse them I may have.

      I shall not, I fear, be able to attend the meeting of the Am. Med. Association.  It would gratify me much to meet you there, & to be associated with you in any good work.

      Our Profession here hare making no advances.  Our State Society seems to be worthless; & those of us who tried to do something have had every thing to discourage us.  We must wait for a more auspicious time to get up a good & effective organization.

      Wishing you all success in your laudable work, I subscribe myself.

                                          Yours truly

                                          Wm. Henry Brisbane

Dr. Horatio R. Storer


                                                Philadelphia, March 19th 1859

My Dear Sir.

      Your letter of the 11th?? inst. sent?? to Louisville, reached me only a few minutes?? ago.  I shall not only have no objection, but feel highly honored to serve with you in presenting your Report on Criminal Abortion to the American Medical Association _____ meeting in May provided you have not?? already selected some gentlemen from this city or Section of country.  From the fact that your letter was directed to Kentucky, I take it for granted that at the moment of writing it, you were under the impression that I was still a resident of that State, & would therefore make a proper representative from the West on the Committee.  Do, therefore, as you may deem best.  Whatever your decision may be in regard to the matter, I shall be satisfied.  It is proper that I should add that it will probably not be in my power to be at the meeting of the Association.  I am in the hands of the printers & the season will?? be far advanced before I shall be able to extricate myself from them.

      Your articles in the Review are of deep interest.  There effect cannot be otherwise than salutary.  I hope you will prosecute the subject to the uttermost limits.

            With kind regards, I am my dear sir, very truly your friend

                        S. D. Gross

Horatio R. Storer, M.D. &c.


                                          Nashville  March 25, 1859

Dear Dr.

      I do hope you will be at the Louisville meeting.  I entirely agree with you in your views, and I hope that they may be prosecuted to a practical result.  It will give me pleasure to aid you any way in my power.

                              Yours very truly

                              J. Berrien Lindsley

Horatio R. Storer



                                          Troy 25 March 1859

Dear Dr.

      Yours of the 20th is recd covering your report.  I have read the report carefully.  I like it.  "Brief" but long enough.  "Simple" but sufficiently comprehensive to be understood by all in all its bearings.  You may add my name to it, and I will aid you in your laudable design in any way in my power.  I hope it may do good.  I hope it may open the eyes of our Legislators to attempt something for the relief of "incipient humanity"  If such an appeal as the one contemplated does not I shall be ready to ask what will?  But alas alas hardly a week passes but I am made cognizant of facts which prove the prevalence of the crime not only, but the callousness, I had almost said the appreciation, in which the public seem to look upon it.  And yet, to the honor of our profession be it said I know of not one single physician in good regular standing who does not heartily condemn it, and who would not rejoice to see strong laws enacted, and thoroughly enforced against it.

      What you say of the (Irish) Catholics in one of your papers in the North Am. Med. Chir'g Rev. is a remark which I have long since made and a thousand times repeated.  I do not remember that in a practice of some nearly half a century (I was licensed in 1813) I was ever applied to by a Catholic for means to procure abortion, and even which after consultation, it was deemed necessary for the life of the offspring to induce premature labour it has been difficult to get the consent of a Catholic mother and not then without the consent of the priest.  I was glad to see you have your testimony to their integrity in this matter.  Protestants should blush.  I read Dr. Chauncys paper in the last Journal with interest.  His experience is but a transcript of my own.

      It needs no apology for making the extract you saw fit to make from my letter.  Anything I can do to aid such a cause is at your service.  It can be but little.

                        I remain

                              Yours sincerely

                                    Thos W Blatchford

Horatio R. Storer M D



                                                March 26/59

Dear Doctor:

      I have received yourletter of the 20th instant, with the enclosed copy of your able Report on Abortion in its criminal aspect, which you propose to make at the ensuing meeting of the Association.

      The Report seems to me to say all that is needful for the occasion, while it, at the same time, avoids any degree of that prolixity which might obstruct its favorable consideration.

      The Report is clear, pointed and condensed, that nothing from me can improve or amend it.

      It will give me the greatest pleasure to sign my name to the Report, which you can do for me.

      The period of our next convention is approaching, and it is my intention to be present without fail.  I shall leave here for Louisville about the last of April, and hope that we shall have a full representation from the old Bay state, though we may, of course, look out for a great preponderance of Trans-Allegheny delegations.  I hope that success may crown all your laudable efforts to blot out the absurd and mischievous distinctions of the Common and Statutory Law of the United States.

      In haste

            I remain

                  yours very truly

                        A.J. Semmes


                                                Phil. Ma 30/59

Dear Sir,

      I return your Report and shall be gratified to have my name attached to it, trusting that your praiseworthy efforts will meet with their due rewards.

      Perhaps the probability of success might be increased, if the general association would strongly recommend that each state med. association would press the subject on the legislative bodies of their respective states.

                        Very respect. your's

                        Hugh L. Hodge

Dr H Storer  Boston


                                    Mobile  April 2nd 1859

My dear Sir

      I recd. by yesterdays mail your letter with M.S. enclosed, which I have carefully examined.  As there cannot possibly, be any dissension among medical me, or philanthropists as to the validity of our position, it affords me much pleasrue o add my name [to] your list of colleagues.  I have followed you progressively thro' the numbers of teh North Amer. Revw & wish you all success in the good cause you have espoused.  There can be no doubt that in time Legislative action will be awakened to this & kindred other division of Medical Jurisprudence hitherto overlooked.  I have strven (and intenc to persevere) with our Legislators, to affect a medical _____ _____ in the appointment of Coroners to which end I addressed a Memorial to our Legislature.  It is needless to offer you reasonf for the over arching need.  The cause in which you are so worthily embarked, like mine, has been impeded because polticians usurp the seats intendedfor the representatives, i. e., exponents of the true wants of society at large based upon _____ only the protection of property, bu the guardianship of human life & the moral law.  We must hope on, hope ever.

      I have struggled thro' much during the past seven years to consummate one of teh deares object of my heart, the establishment in our State of a Home for Insane Persons.  yet with its melancholy & eloquent necessitystaring them in the face it is only now hastening to its completion.

      Pleasepresnet my love to your Father Mother, and all of the family, who know & remembver me.  & ask you MOther if she has entirely given me up, as she owes me a letter long due.  As to Storer, I have given up all hope of his Epistoliary unfortunaely.

      With due acknowledgement fo the kind & undeserved manner you adopt to enlist my cooperation as a colleague,  believe me very truly

                  Yr friend &c.

                        A Lopes

Horatio R.Storer, M.D. Boston



                                    Columbia S. Carolina

                                    April 3/1859

Dear Sir,

      I am just able to acknowledge the receipt of your favor directed to me at N. Orleans of the 11th March inst.  I most highly approbate all the steps I know or have heard of having been taken to abate, if not put an end to, that horrible crime, so rapidly increasing in our country.  And I do not know wherein the Am. Med Association can do itself more credit than in active steps to arrest it. erecting a great impediment to crime of the most debasing nature. & protanto influencing female virtue & impairing the great foundation of society.

      But my dear Sir, you have to weigh our difficulty in selecting my name to write with yours under the banner for the virtuous & hospitable. & those who contend for the welfare, not only of the gentler sex but for society & civilization, to fight under.  I am no longer a citizen of N. Orleans, worn out in helath by my long labors in La., I have been compelled since a year or two to seek a more salubrious atmosphere & here I have found it & my brother also in the center of the State of S. Carolina.  If you think my humble name will add any strength to your recommendations, you shall have it.  & if I can add anything to aid in the cause I will do so with pleasure.

      Would it be agreeable to you to show me the report before you present it?  I do not think I shall be able to visit Louisville at the aggregation of the Association there in May.

                              With great respect

                              Yrs sincerely

                              E. H. Barton

Horatio R. Storer M.D.


                                    Arena Wis. Ap. 6th 1859

Horatio R. Storer M.D.

      Dear Doctor,

            The copy of your report you did me the honor to send me has come to hand, & I feel quite satisfied with it.  I might make some suggestions but doubtless they occurred in your own mind, & were omitted simply because a short report is better than a long one.  There is one point, however, I think of considerable importance.  It ought to be brought to the notice of the Legislatures, that many pretended Doctors are communicating to women by means of advertisements in newspapers & books, the means of producing abortion and preventing conception.  It appears to me that very stringent laws should be enacted not only against such publications but in the way of securing evidence that Drugs & instruments are furnished for such purposes.

      You can, if you desire it, append my name to your report; and you may calculate on any aid I can give you in operating with our Legislature.

                              Yours Truly

                                    Wm Henry Brisbane



                                    Columbia, S.C.

                                    April 12/59

Dear Sir,

            Your favor of the 8th Inst. covering your report upon the subject of Abortion has been just received.  I have read it with great gratification & believe it fully adequate to accomplish the ends proposed by you.  If I suggested anything it would be in making the 2nd Resolution a little stronger & instead of advising a mere 'revision of the laws,' I would recommend on conviction of abortion (criminally) at any stage of life, whither of the age of one month or nine, should be in the eye of the law, murder, & the infliction of the highest penalty advised.  It is my opinion that one or two convictions, & especially if accompanied with a similar penalty on the auxiliaries, the wretches who live by it, would speedily put an end to it.

      There are two branches of this subject which it may be as well not to overlook while it is to be recommended to the consideration of State Legislatures.  The

1st   is the indiscriminate sale of poisons for this, & other objects without official signature of a Physician.

2nd   is the quack advertisements recommending medicines for such purposes. However this would be embraced in the first.

      The greatest objection that now occurs to me in making these suggestions to you is that they might be productive of too much discussion, which might jeopardize one of your objects, it is all left to your discretion.

      Wishing you then all success in your laudable efforts for the sake of morals, humanity & the profession.

                  I remain

                              very respectfully

                                    yr. obt. st.

                                          E. H. Barton


                                                Louisville 3 May 59

Dear Dr

      I have ordered the paper sent to you daily during our associate existence.  You will see that your report was read and the resolutions unanimously adopted.  Your report was highly spoken of, not a dissenting voice in any direction.  I am sorry my dear Dr to hear from Dr Townsend the cause of your not being with us.  I do hope my dear yoke fellow (though I am not the oldest ox) that your illness will be of short duration, and that a little relaxation will restore you to your wanted measure of health and professional ability.

      Dr Reece of the N Y _____ took a deep interest in the subject and so do many others.

                        Yours truly

                              Thos W Blatchford

H R Storer M D


[What was Horatio's illness?]


                                                Louisville 5 May 1859

My Dear Dr

      I cannot tell you the number of Gentlemen who have spoken to me about your Report since I read it nor can I begin to tell you the high encomiums, bestowed upon it without a single drawback.  I thought you would like to know it.  To know that our labors are appreciated by our brethren when those labors have been bestowed in the cause of humanity is a precious cordial for one's soul in this old and thankless world.  Go on.

      Dr. Joynes of Richmond Va one of the delegates and a gentlemen of education & of very pleasing address is deeply interested in it & in the subject of Criminal Abortion.  In communicating to me some facts concerning the situation of affairs in Virginia upon this subject I thought you would be interested in them & he kindly consented to put them in a paper for me.  I send them to you.  If you will correspond with him I doubt not you will find him an intelligent correspondent not only, but attentive and prompt in reply.  Ithink so, I never knew him before but I have formed a good opinion of him.  I hope you get your Louisville Journal regularly.  I ordered it for a week.  We meet next year in New Haven.  I am off today for home.

                              Yours very sincerely

                              Thos W Blatchford

      Remember me to Father, Mother and Wife


Blatchford enclosure by Joynes follows:

Legislation of Virginia on the Subject of Criminal Abortion &c.

      I believe that Virginia is one of the few stated of the Union in which the low of abortion has been at length placed on the right basis.

      Prior to the revision of the Code in 1849, there had been no chance in the Common Law as it respects the crime: And it is therefor doubtful whether the induction of abortion prior to quickening, if done with the mother's consent, and without injury to her, could have been punished.  (Certainly it has been decided by Chief Justice Shaw of Massachusetts, that such an act is not an offense against the Common Law.)

      When the Code was subjected to revision in 1849, the revisions introduced a provision framed after the spirit of the "Ellenborough Act" of England, by which abortion prior to quickening was made punishable, but was treated as crime of decidedly lower grade that if induced after quickening.  The old dogma that the foetus became endowed with an independent vitality at the moment of quickening was then still allowed to sway the hands of justice.

      Having seen the provision as first reported by the revision, I took the liberty of addressing to them a communication, in which the whole subject was fully examined by the light of medical evidence and of common sense, and it was recommended to them to initiate the Act of Parliament passed since the commencement of the reign of Victoria, in which the old distinction based on quickening is utterly ignored, and abortion is punished with the same severity at all periods of gestation.  The revisors at once adopted the suggestion thus made, and presented to the Legislature a section framed accordingly.  This section provided that the induction of abortion, or the destruction of the unborn child, unless advised by two physicians to be necessary to preserve the life of the woman, shall be punishable by fine and imprisonment &c: There is no condition relating to the period at which the crime is committed.

      In the communication above mentioned, I also endeavored to induce the revision to banish from our law that old common law rule, which stays the execution of sentence from a woman condemned to death, until after delivery, provided she be "pregnant of a quick child," but allows the law to take its course if (though pregnant) she has not quickened.  Strange to say, this recommendation was unheeded by the revisors, though they had fully admitted its principle in the provision relating to criminal abortion.

      At a meeting of the Meedical Society of Va. two years ago, a committee was appointed on my motion, to memorialize the Legislature on the subject.  This duty was performed, and a bill reported in accordance with the prayer of the memorial, but it failed of its passage for want of time.  It will again be issued at the next session of the Legislature.

      An article on the general subject of the rights of the foetus in utero, written by the undersigned, is contained in the Va. Medical Journal for 1857 (I believe).

                              L. S. Joynes

                              Richmond Va.

May 4th 1859.


[Nat. Library of Medicine]


                                                31 Somerset St.

                                                June 3/59

My dear Storer

      At last a letter from your old Edinburgh friend Priestley who truant and renegade though he has _____ right glad to hear from you again and to learn that you were safe and sound in your old city of Boston again.  Notwithstanding so long a time has passed since I wrote to you.  I was at one time most anxious on your account.  I was told that you had gone away to some distant and inland part of the country [when? where? May explain why Abortion Report was delayed to 1859, but does not account for Horatio's absence from AMA at Louisville in May 1859.]that you had had some threatening chest symptoms, and that you had some notion of relinquishing medical practice altogether believing?? it prudent rather to relinquish a pursuit which afforded you so much pleasure, than lose our health, which is so important to the interests of your wife and family.  Glad I am to hear from Dr. Bowditch that you have come back to work restored again and that all seems well with you.  Unfortunately I have seen scarcely anything of your friend Bowditch.  He came upon me at a very busy time when I had a country patient or two, who had to be seen every day and who took up so much of my time that I scarcely got a chance of seeing my own children.  When I went to seek him _____ same little time _____ his old lodging I found he was off to the Continent and may perchance by this time he & _____ home of the beleaguered _____ of that ill-fated country Italy.

      Let me tell you first of my personal affairs of those near and dear to me.  I have as you surmise, children two, and the expectation of a third sometime in Autumn.  Our eldest boy, Robert Chambers, has _____ well and daily grows in interest to us.  The second Edith _____ a little sprite of 14 months is a little chubby, well conditioned mortal, who laughs all day and grows fat, _____ obstinately in being merry and _____ _____ standing.  the _____ and bustle all about her.  Their sweet Mother is of course enamoured in the last degree with their pretty ways and thinks that to be the mother of such prodigies is worth all the world besides.

      Since you heard from me last, my practice has gone on gradually increasing, and though not so remunerative as I hope it may be, still I consider myself fairly on the way to success and look hopefully and confidently to the future.  I have given up my Dispensary and have been appointed one of the physicians to the Samaritan Hospital for Women, where I have Savage, North, Spencer Wells, Gruilly Hewett, & Wright (On Headaches) as colleagues.  Here I see a far better selection of cases and can develop any special ideas of practice I think fit.  I have been appointed too, conjoint lecturer on Midwifery with Mr. Bloxam at the Grosvenor Place School, and although the number of pupils is very small, still it give me a standing and is a training for a better job.

      You may have seen word of a course of lectures on the Gravid Uterus which I published in the Medical Times and which will be completed by and by.  Our session is going on just now, and my turn to lecture, so that between the bustle of the full season in London and public appointments I am seldom left at leisure long together.

      We have at last got that long business settled about Medical Reform in this Country.  It was fairly a pitched battle in the end between the old privileged Corporations and the Universities,  As Secretary to an association for promoting the interests of the latter, I worked like a Trojan last Summer and sacrificed almost every thing else for it.  I was almost incessantly either in one House of Parliament or another and had constantly to be on the lookout and thwart the tricks of the enemy.  Eventually the bill was carried triumphantly in our favour, and the Universities and Corporations henceforth license alike for all parts of the United Kingdom without favour to any one more than another.  All exclusive privileges are now swept away and the aim of the Colleges of Physicians to make all Doctors of Medicine pass through their portals, before entering practice and being registered as physicians is entirely frustrated.

      You will be sorry to hear that our good friend Simpson has had a most severe attack of rheumatic fever during the Spring.  He was laid up a month, during the University session and had to appoint Keillor to lecture in his stead and assist Aleck (who is now assistant) in the practice.  Even when convalescent from this attack he began work too soon, and thus suffered a relapse which laid him up again.  Eventually he had to go away for an entire rest and only lately returned to his old duty of patient seeing again.  You will see that an Obstetric Society has been begun in London of which Dr Tyler _____ was the original promoter and Dr Rigby is president.  I am one of the members of the Council and think it may do good, but some of the meetings are very desultory, the general practitioners who form a large body in the Society, all them being themselves authorities on matters of Midwifery, and bringing forward the most extraordinary and original common places.  This of course applies to empirical matters of practice, tho I _____  they do not _____ on.  Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell has been in London and has given lectures at the Mary_____ Institution.  She is anxious to begin a school for lady Doctors in London, but has not met with so much encouragement as to determine her to leave your side of the water.  Rumour however says that one English lady has offered L 8000 to endow a Professional lady's Chair, if an Institution can once be opened.

      Within the last few weeks I have had a most interesting case of Midwifery attended with some difficulty, but happily terminated.  The first stage of labour was obstructed by a flat fibrous tumour in the lower segment of the uterus, and although the os uteri was dilatable enough and the pains strong, labour did not progress.  Eventually I introduced my long forceps into the uterus and delivered a living child.  The tumour was pushed? down subsequently and was removed with the ecraseur.  The patient being now quite well.

      Now let me hear from you.  This is a great effort for a wretched correspondent like myself and I expect to be refunded.  I verily believe if you lived nearer you would get a letter from me oftener, but it seems necessary always to write a long letter and to need a proportionate amount of resolution when so great a distance is between.  Give our mutual regards to your good _____ and Mother.  Is it child or children you have yet?

            Ever yours in affection

                  Wm O Priestley

How has the American Edition of Simpson sold?


[Mass. Hist. Soc  HJ Warner letter book for June 1859  page 341]

No 28 Hancock Street: Boston

/Tuesday/ 21 June 1859

my dear Storer:

      I made up my mind suddenly yesterday moorning after breakfast that I would sail for London in the Leaping Water, a spick and span new ship.  I go tomorrow morning.  Of coure I have not time for preparation, no time to see any one or to do anything.  I got out to Cambridge and provided myself with sundry letters from Felton and Beck and saw Torrey who suggested that you could give me letters to Edinburgh.  I do not know whether I shall go there or not, for have laid no plans whatever: but if you could give me a line there or elsewhere, I should be much obliged to you.  My first point is London: my last point is Athens: between the two lies a vast field of confusion and doubt, which I hope to traverse satisfactorily somehow.  If I can do anything for our abroad, let me know.

      Please direct anything you may favour me with to "Dr. Goerge Bates Boston", and it will be forwarded to me.  I don't know how long I shall be gone: I suppose the greater part of a year.  My Mother's death has disturbed my health to such a degree that I want a sea voyage to resorte it.

                              Yours truly

                                    H. J. Warner

I write you with a leaping pen, tursting that Providence will guide you to a right understanding of my handwriting.

Dr. Horatio R. Storer

      Care of Dr. David Humphrey(sic) Storer

            Boston: Massachusetts



[MHS: Page 101 of Warner letter book covering October 1860[incorrectly referred to as 1880]: Transcript of Warner letter to HRS 16 October 1880"]

                        Munich / Bavaria/

                              /Monday/ 16 October 1880[60]

My dear Storer:

      I ought long before this to have acknowledged the receipt in London of the many Letters of Introduction which you were so obliging to write for me; but have put it off from time to time in the hurry of travel so long that I am now ashamed to attempt an apology.  I feel much obliged to you for them and if I travel at all in England, which at present is a little doubtful, for feel inclined to give as much of my time as is possible to the Continent, - I shall be very glad of them, I know.  I was only a few days in London, and then I crossed to Paris, and travelled in Switzerland; and have been in Germany for the last eight weeks or so, but only lately reached Munich, where, if I don't get tired of it, I hope to spend a couple of months, before going down into Italy, by way of Vienna probably.

      I should be very glad indeed, if you think of anything I can do for you in Munich or elsewhere, where I may happen to be, if you would command me.

      Munich is a rather pleasant place, but the climate is bad, worse than cold(?) if possible; and they talk very bad German also; but the University, I believe, is good, and they have a good many pictures for me to look at.  In Italy I shall see Venice, Florence and Rome, I suppose; beyond that I haven't any plans.  My address is Hottinguer and Company, Paris; and if there be a stray fish in Germany you want, let me know if I can help catch him for; and believe meas(?) always

                  Very Truly Your friend

                        H. J. Warner

Dr Horatio R. Storer

       Milton/ Massachusetts/



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                                          Senate Chamber

                                          28th May '62

Dear Sir,

      My attention has been called to the case of John Doyle of the 2nd U.S. Artillery, Fort Delaware, Delaware Bay, who is menaced with the punishment of death for desertion from the army in 1859.  It seems to me that this cannot be so.  A desertion in time of peace, followed by enlistment in time of war, cannot deserve so severe a punishment.

      I enclose the letter of the soldier addressed to Dr Storer, a distinguished citizen of Mass who is much interested for the soldier.

      Hope that the case will be considered worthy of your clemency.

                                    Faithfully yours,

                                    Charles Sumner

The President [Abraham Lincoln]





                              PROVINCIAL LUNATIC ASYLUM,

                              Toronto, 23rd Oct, 1863

My dear Dr. Storer

      Yours from Quebec, and its successors from Boston of 30 Sept & 7th inst., are both staring me in the face, and have been so staring, for many days, amidst a thick cloud of imperative work, which has completely enshrouded me ever since I saw you.  The quarterly meeting of our Inspectors has given me a load of heavy work of my own carving out in both internal & external alterations or improvements, in the conducting of which my own supervision is indispensable.

      I am getting carried into effect now, a work which I have been urging for 8 or 9 years past, a system of downward ventilation of our water-closets, which I am certain will prove efficient, & will be superior to any I have yet seen in operation in America or Europe.  I will briefly explain it, as I know you will be interested in it.

      I insert a breathing pipe, about 3 in diameter below the bottom of the soil pan & above the water goose-neck, trap, and carry this breathing pipe into a main, which receives all similar breathing pipes from all the associated water closets, and carries the foul air and odours into a chimney, with good draught.   This chimney in my case has to be built, as well as its five chambers, above our water-closet shafts.  The furnace here introduced will shut off all access of air excepting from the foul air pipes.  Thus you see I convert each water closet pan into a sort of tobacco pipe.  No foul air can evacuate from the pan, as the current will be down ward into it, and strong in proportion to the draught of my chimney.  Any foul odour from the water in the goose-neck trap, will also go up the breathing pipe.

      I have seen American downward ventilation, of waterclosets, but it has always involved sacrifice of the water-trap, and unless a constant & most powerful draught down the main soil pipe was kept up, it sometimes worked badly.  My downward ventilation is merely _____ the soil pan, for on leaving this my pipe ascends to the furnace above.

      In any private house, which has a good drawing chimney, contiguous or distant a water closet may be not only free from bad emanations, but act as a positive abstracter of bad air from adjacent parts.  I have had ne this acting, in our laundry for seven years, and if not thus acting it would be an abomination, for laundry women are brainless almost to zero, and too stupid to let on water, after using the closet.  So much for tinker's work.

      I send you the only report ever issued by the Quebec Asylum.  I regard this establishment as a gross abomination, and I am sure had you seen the whole of it you would so regard it too.  In the atticks each sleeper has less than 160 cubic feet.  Lower Canadians (French) will not tax themselves as we did to build an asylum.  They must have everything done as in old France, by the Central Power, & paid for, from the national funds.  Dr Douglas has contrived to reap a profit from their parsimony.  I have always told the Inspectors when they have cited the Asylum as a standard, that I wished to be saved the necessity of speaking of it as I though.  In fact it would not be tolerated by the English Board of Lunacy three weeks.  With reference to my article on Lat_____ of the Insane, it is to be found in the Utica Journal of Insanity for July 1863.  I have not a duplicate copy.  Dr Tyler can supply your want.  A much better article from the pen of the Assist. Physician of Morning side Asylum Edinburgh has since been published, on the same subject.

      I shall follow up my autopsical observations.  I find the notes very satisfactory to look back upon.  I need not tell you that I shall feel most grateful for a few lines, now & again from you, & should I visit Boston next summer, I will not fail to call on you.

                  I am

                        very truly

                              yours &c.

                        Jos. Workman, M.D.




[Nat lib med]

                              10 Nov 1864

My dear Dr Storer,

      Mr Young is one of our greatest philologists.  Has retranslated the Bible.  You will greatly oblige me by introducing him to any of your leading booksellers.

                  Yours very truly

                        J Y Simpson




                              State Asylum, Utica, N.Y.

                              Dec. 10, 1864

Dear Sir,

      We must beg pardon for our tardy notice of your October communications, and thank you for the monographs sent at the same time, and which we have read with attention.  To speak candidly we cannot see anything novel or anomalous in your case of melancholia, either in its history or your views of its pathology.  Sympathetic or "reflex" insanity has been recognized this many a year.  There is however one thought which continually presents itself to the psychiatrist(?) who reads your paper, viz. that if your patient had been promptly sent to a hospital for the insane her life would have [been] preserved & her health sustained, and [the] miserable catastrophe prevented.

      We are sorry to say that your paper is not of sufficient interest to justify its reprint in the "Journal of Insanity."

      Without offering any reflections on the merits of your paper entitled "The medical management of insane women." we propose to reprint the same in the January issue of the "Journal" and to present at the same time the reply to it which subsequently appeared in the Boston periodical.

                              Very truly yours

                              John P. Gray

                              Ed. in-Chief

Horatio R. Storer, M.D.

      Boston, Mass





                                    Office of B. M. & S. Journal

                                          Feb. 15th 1865.

Dear Dr.

      The Editors of the Journal came to the conclusion after the publication of the last article relating to this discussion, that enough space had already been given to it, and that they would decline any further communications on the subject.

                        Very truly yours

                              James C. White.



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                              3 Pemberton Square

                              July 29, 65

My Dear Mr(Mrs?) Storer

      I feel very much obliged to you for the interest you show in our young friend(s?), and I would be very glad to contribute to the same sh___d objects, but I am willing and able to do such kindnesses.  I am

                              Very truly yours

                              Geo. B. Emerson



                                    South Pier- Naragansett, R.I.

                                                Sept 18th 1865

Dr H. R. Storer

Boston, Mass

Dear Doctor

      Your letter was forwarded and reached me here a few days since where I have been spending the summer.  I am as sceptical of the operation (in any form) as you are, without the proper after treatment.  Of one thing however I am satisfied, that we can not reach the seat of disease properly in this form of _____ without it.  Were I in town I would see that you received the form of knife I like best, for I fear that Teimanns will send you what he considers and improvement.  As made & Ford marked up the instrument for me, I have never been able to get Teimann (from professional jealousy I suppose) to make or sell the same instrument.  If he has sent you a different one from the cut given in my paper I hope that you will send it back.  I think that the profession should put a stop to the instrument makers selling any thing they choose with ones name tacked on to an instrument which from their want of practical knowledge has been often rendered useless for the original purpose.  We are very good friends, but I have been obliged to almost give him up, in consequence of this modifying weakness for changing nearly every instrument he makes.  In your letter you ask "How do you prevent the reformation of adhesions between cervix & vaginal wall after each has been dissected away in vain"?  I do not get your idea in connection with the operation for Dysmenorrhea!  Where I have to cut bands in partial contraction of the vaginal wall I use always an open thin glass plug, as recommended by Dr Sims of different sizes. with a depression at A so as not to make pressure on the  urethra.  I have had a dozen or more different sizes made & of very thin glass.  Being open at one end they are to a great extend kept in situ by the pressure of the atmosphere, although it is well to always use a T bandage in addition.  This is a great improvement on a solid plug.  The patient retains them until the surfaces have healed entirely, being removed only every day for the purpose of well washing out the vagina.

                              Yours sincerely

                                    T. A. Emmet


[Countway-  B MS c 55.2 6 Nov [18]65. 1s. (4p.)]

                  D H. R. StorerDear D.

      My statistics are not musical, but such as they are cheerfully do I give them to you:

Public Institutions 16   7 Recovery

Private Practice    17   6   "

                  _____ _____      

                    33   7 (sic)

Spontaneous revoveries   61(?)

Three by sac opening into the rectum, one by an opening in the groin

Recoveries by ruptuure of sac by accidental violence ... 5 all recovered  By violence, I mean, by fall on the side walk while running fast &c.  Cases in which attempts to raise up, or reach up to heights for articles of weight In one case in an old lady the sac broke while my_____ was sitting in her easy chair at perfect rest. 

      Not the least disturbance follows these sac fractures until last case the urine at once began to increase in quantity & in a few days Mrs was well & most happy at haveing lost her embarrasing & often painful aliomuind distention.

      In view of these revoveries by accident, I as, in the paper which I am preparing on these subjects "Why is not this accidental bursting of the sac not(?) _____ immediately by emptying the sac by the small incision, [too difficult to read!]



                                    Baldwinsville Onondaga Co.

                                    N.Y. July 26, 1866

H. R. Storer M.D. Boston Mass.

      Dear Sir    I have just finished the perusal of your report published in the proceedings of the Am. Med. Association for the year 1865 and I am sure I can not refrain from thanking you for the excellent treat I have enjoyed.  Although an humble member of the Med. profession yet I am an admirer of professional truth and am always gratified when men dare speak the truth from a position so elevated as to make themselves heard.  There is in the muss of the profession a lamentable ignorance in relation to the disease peculiar to the generative organs of the female and their reflex influence upon the brain.  Indeed there is a criminal want of knowledge among physicians both in city and country of the anatomy of the female organs of generation and as a sequence they are not qualified to know from such examinations as they are able to make whether the organs are healthy or not.  May this not be true of superintendents of Insane Asylums?  Would my personal acquaintance Dr. Worthington have said that a simple displacement of the womb was productive of insanity of two years standing had he have been qualified to diagnose uterine disease?  I believe not.  Perhaps I am mistaken however and that my own views are peculiar to myself and erroneous.  The careful study of the normal condition is the only means by which we can detect the abnormal.  To understand the diseases of the uterine system, above all others requires this kind of careful training.  I see this statement exemplified almost every day in the diagnosis of diseases of the uterus and its appendages by my neighbors of the profession who are intelligent respectable men.  I believe from some facts which I know that neither of my friends Doctors Gray or Worthington are qualified to detect uterine disease as the source form which insanity arises unless it may be some very simple case so apparent upon its fact that such diagnosis could hardly be avoided by a layman.  And this not from want of intellect but from want of proper training in uterine diseases.  I have for years doubted the reports of post mortem examinations of females or taken them with many grains of allowance because I believe there are but few men qualified to make them.  Books are of great value and we can not be too well acquainted with medical literature but books without close and careful observation are of but little value.  Books learn us how to investigate and we shall be likely to fail of doing justice to those whomever treat for disease if we are not independent thinkers.  While there is but little new in disease or medicine or mechanical and surgical appliances yet suitable adaptation requires study and thought.  You will pardon a man who has been engaged in the medical profession for about forty years and who may perhaps be in his dotage, for troubling you as I have which I only intended a note of thanks for the pleasure I received int eh perusal of your report.  Make two institutions one for male & one for female and with suitable Superintendence much good would be likely to result.

                        Respectfully &c

                                    John E. Todd



[Countway] [date shortly after Aug 13, 1866]

Dr Storer,

      Dear Sir,

            The following note was unanimously passed at the regular meeting of Directors of N. E. Hospital for Women & Children held Aug 13, 1866.

"Whereas, the confidence of the public in the management of the Hospital rests not only on the character of the medical attendants having its immediate charge, but also on the high reputation of its consulting physicians and surgeons, and

Whereas, we cannot allow there to be responsible for cases over which they have no control


      That in all unusual or difficult cases in medicine or where a capital surgical operation is proposed, the attending and resident physicians and surgeons shall hold mutual consultation and if any one of these shall doubt as to the propriety of the proposed treatment or operation, one or more of the consulting physicians or surgeons shall be invited to examine and decide upon the case.

Noted, that a copy of this resolve be sent to all medical officers connected with the Hospital

                  Very respectfully

                        E[dnah]. D[ow] Cheney, Sec.


[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                                    164 Charles St

                                    Nov(?). 20th 1866

Dear Dr,

      Many thanks for your Address which you have kindly sent me.  I hope the Association will access itself of all that is valuable in your counsels and with the two states of specialists in a way satisfactory to all parties.

                        Very truly yours

                              O.W. Holmes.



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

24 May 1867 Passport for Abby M. Storer age 31, 5 feet 3 inches




                        73 Madison Av: NY

                              June 5th 1867

My dear Doctor

      With our friend Dr Brown-Se'quard, I also deem it something more than a compliment in dedicating your book to me.  I feel highly flattered at the compliment & your appreciation of the little I have yet accomplished. (for I have not yet taken the Uterus out) but between ourselves I can not help stating that I really think you have laid it on pretty thick [!]in your dedication.  With every wish for the accomplishment of all that you would ask from the book

                        I am yours sincerely

                              T.A. Emmet


[Harvard Archives - Eliot Collection (microfilm)]

                              Harvard College, Nov. 18, '67

Dr H. R. Storer,


      Circular No 7 does not appear to have come to Cambridge, & I think it must have miscarried in some way.

                        Very respectfully


                                    Thomas Hill



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                                    164 Charles St

                                    Dec 30th 1867

Dear Dr Storer,

      The treatises on Physiology, many of which I have examined, are very barren of information on the point to which you refer.  I can, however, give you a few references which may prove of service.

      Heart beating after death.

"First to live and last to die." Galen, as given in the "Index Brassacoli"

      Plenty of cases in animals reported by Steno, Halter, etc and familiar to all modern experimentation, where the heart has continued to beat long after death.  Mitchell's case in Danphisor's(?) Phys. the most remarkable perhaps, of _____ H. of Therceau(?) kept beating until it was so dry it rustled.  2 days after death in birds & mammals-Brown Sequard referred to by Becaud, Physiology 745/ Resneck, cited by _____ .

      In human subject.  Heart of a traiter thrown into fire leaped an inch and a half, then less and less, but moved eight minutes.

            Lord Bacon saw this & give it in his |Hist. vitact martes.  Cited by Haller El. Phys I 472

-Decapitated murderer h. beat 1 hour after execution. Harless

-Right auricle 2 1/2 hours after execution-rest of heart not irritable. Margo

-Both ventricles contracted if one was irritated 40 minutes after death.


-Rhythmic movement in a woman's heart twenty seven hours after she had been guillotined.  Em. Rousseau



      I give you these references to the books on my own shelves.  The journals will present plenty more, no doubt, but some of these may be useful.  I think from these alone it would appear that an accusation could not be supported on the grounds alleged, so far as I understand them.  I am therefore very glad that you wish to review your position, and I shall be happy to _____ you any further aid if I can do so, especially by referring you to the pages I have cited from works at hand.

                                    Yours very truly

                                          O.W. Holmes



                        Lowell, Janry 6. '68

Dear Dr.

      I was very glad to receive your kind note of the 4th, but was sorry to see that you thought it necessary, or worthwhile, to make any explanation in regard to the matter you allude to, vis, the conversation in the presence of Mr. Wells upon the subject of ovarian sections.

      Of course I could not suppose you would intentionally mislead us as to the real facts, & I can easily see how, in a general talk such as we were then engaged in , our questions & answers might get a good deal mixed up, & in a way too, to lead to more or less misunderstanding.

      I am glad to find that Mr Wells made so good an impression upon the med. profession of Boston, that is, upon those who had the good fortune to meet him.

      His visit to this country has done a good deal to break down the affected contempt which had hitherto been displayed against ovariotomy as a legitimate operation.

      He is a glorious man, every way.  I am only sorry he was obliged to leave us so soon.

      Call & see me.  10 Standford St.

            Yors truly

                  G. Kimball



[Countway very poor copy.  read next time there]

                        73 Madison Av: NY

                              Jan 19th 1868 [58?]

Dear Doctor

      I have seen the paper in the Western Journal and read it with great interest but my time is too much occupied to enter the ring, when so little would be gained by doing so.  It is written in such an extravagant tone that the least harm is done by letting it rest in place.

      You will find in Sims' book a drawing of the operating chair.  In the Hospital we use an ordinary table about 28 inches high, 22 inches wide & three feet long.  On the Sat following your visit I operated on the ovarian case & she is now out of danger.  I found no pelvic adhesions and none elsewhere except on the left side of the abdomen wall.  The pedicle was in an unusual condition being very thick and so friable(?) that the clamp cut into it causing hemorrhage.   I then made several attempt to tie it with the same result & loss of much blood.  I then introduced interrupted sutures as Sims did in his case, but each cut through as it was twisted.  I then used Chapman's clamp from his ice bags which was the only thing which did not cut.  By this time I had used up so much of the pedicle that it was applied close to the uterus.  I then closed the wound.  During the night hemorrhage came on but fortunately it ceased by tightening the instrument.  On the 5th day I removed all the strangulated portions of the stump which had been tanned by the rise of First Fem ch. & took off the clamp.  The uterus had united to the peritoneum .   The remains of the pedicle gradually slipped behind the mound as far as the peritoneum would let it and the opening in the abdominal mound has now nearly filled up.  The only solid portion was that felt through the vagina and which I thought was the result of an old pelvic infliction.  She had been very carefully prepared for this operation and had no trouble from flatus and in fact had not a bad symptom after the operation


                        Yours very truly & in haste

                               T. A. Emmet




[Countway - 1994]

      Gynaecological notes from Abroad; being extracts for letters for Dr A. J. Stone of Boston to Prof. H.R. Storer.

      (The series of letters of which this forms the commencement will prove of great interest to the profession, written as they are by an expert who visits Europe solely to investigate special point in special practice, & who is enjoying very unusual opportunities of comparing motes with the most celebrated men in his department. Eds.)


                                    Perth, Scotland, Oct 4th. 1868

Dear Dr. Storer,

      Landing at Queenstown on Sept 29th I took the mail special for Dublin, arriving at 8 P.M. & having on the road but a moments time in which to mail my letters at Cork.  I reached D. just in time to meet your friend Prof. Gross of Philadelphia, who was about departing for the South of Ireland & home.  He desired his kindest regards to yourself.[This sentence marked out.]

      Being too fatigued to see Dr Fleetwood Churchill on Wednesday, I called on Thursday at 1.30 P.M., & passed a very pleasant half hour with him.  With his immense practice & hurried as he was by the presence in town of the Episcopal Congress, I did not feel that I had a right to intrude longer upon his time on that day.  He desired his kindest regard to yourself, & evinced best interest in what you have published concerning criminal abortion.  In speaking of the crime he said, "I am surprised & shocked to hear so much of its frequency in your country," & did not believe that it existed at all in Ireland.  "In the course of my practice," he continued, "I have never received but one application for the operation," & in a voice & with a look which made my cheek tingle, he added, "& she was a lady from the United States." "Why," he exclaimed, "Where can you find one excuse for it in America?  There you have a wide extent of unoccupied land, & every mother who brings forth triplets is a triple blessing to your country.  Here we have some excuse for the crime, for our land is crowded & it is an improbability for our poor to provide for their offspring, & yet you see we are not afraid of large families, I myself have ten, & yet it is the popular belief that prior to quickening it is no more a crime to bring on an abortion than would be the cutting off a corn; till then our people believe the child to be without life."

      "Is it your custom," I asked, "To inquire of your patients whether their abortion was an intentional one or not?"

      "Why, my dear Sir, I have never dreamed of asking such a question.  Heaven know I am obliged to ask queer enough questions at times but I should expect that any lady to whom I should propose this would leave the room at once.  Yes, even if I but hinted at it.  To be sure, I always ask 'what was the cause of this miscarriage?' but in the most innocent way, for I never once thought of its bearing upon the question of crime, & I repeat that while it has never been submitted to the crucial test, it must be practically unknown in this Island."

      There is a great deal of uterine disease in his opinion in Ireland, & in his ordinary practice he thinks with you that the causes are two principal ones in effecting the same, viz. miscarriages & sexual intercourse.  "They don't take heed enough of themselves after a miscarriage or abortion.  I often tell them that because its a little thing that comes away, ye think the wholes a little matter, but I assure you to the contrary."  I told him I judged from the above statements that he considered that uterine disease was mostly confined to married women, or those who, not married, ought to have been.  To this he agreed, adding that he never made an examination of an unmarried woman who was not a prostitute, except in cases of actual necessity, as in the accident of severe haemorrhage.  He expressed much surprise at the amount of uterine disease in young women in the United States, saying that he could not satisfactorily account for it, unless on the supposition that they meddled a good deal with their reproductive organs.

      I enquired what pessaries were of most service to  him, & was shown what I am inclined to think a new idea to our profession in America; Hodge's ordinary pessary for retroversion, then double sigmoid, modified by the introduction of two, sometimes three, loose bars running longitudinally across its lower end, about a inch from the extremity, & place from one half to one third of an inch apart, according as two or three bars are used.  The benefit gained is that the instrument retains in place in the vagina, while the Hodge sometime rotates more or less upon its oblique longitudinal axis.  He spoke of a case in which he removed one from a lady who had worn it for two years, finding it as nicely in place at the time of its removal as at its insertion.  In common with nearly all of Hodge's pessaries, it does not interfere with coitus.  He introduced one in a lady & upon her return to his office, inquired if the husband had been at all inconvenienced by it?  "Why, of course not, he doesn't know any thing at all about it, for why should I have told him?"

      I inquired what speculum he was in the habit of using, & was shown the ordinary glass cylinder.  I asked his opinion of the "Cusco"; he said that he had one, a present for Sir James Y. Simpson.  As a hunt of five minutes failed to produce it, I concluded that its value was not high in his estimation.

      I found that he was not in the habit of using the open lever or horse shoe, not recognizing its value.  I told him of your case of horse shoe removed form the bladder, reported in the N.Y.Medical Record, & while expressing his belief that the case was an unique one, he did not wonder at the error of the physician who had introduced the pessary, as cases of remarkable relaxation & dilatation of the urethra had come under his observation.  In one instance a lady came to him suffering with severe symptoms of uterine disturbance, & proceeding at once to make a vaginal examination, he was unable to find the os.  Surprised & perplexed, he made a careful ocular examination and found that his finger was within the urethra searching the cavity of the bladder, while the vagina, with an outlet virginal & exceedingly small, was far below and behind.  The only peculiar symptom the patient had noticed was that always for twenty-four hours after her husband had held intercourse with her she was unable to retain her urine.

      Accepting an invitation to breakfast with Dr Churchill the following morning, I now took my leave.  In the afternoon I had the pleasure of hearing him read a paper before the Episcopal Congress upon the Church in the United States & Canada.  His delivery was pleasant, though his voice was pitched at too low a key for the immense hall in which he spoke, the large concert room of the Exhibition Palace.

      Friday morning I breakfasted with Dr C. & found his family exceedingly pleasant & courteous.  After breakfast I was taken in charge by the younger Dr Churchill. ON our walk to the Rotendo(?) Hospital, I learned that he had just returned from the Cape of Good Hope, where he had been practising both medicine & surgery for a number of years.  On reaching the Lying-in Hospital, I was introduced by Dr C. to the Senior Assistant Physician, Dr I. Guiness Beatty, a nephew of the Dr Beatty so well known to us as an obstetrician.  Dr B. agrees fully with you that uterine disturbance may be caused in great measure by invitation of the rectum, & that frequently came in the rectal treatment, the removal of hemorrhoids & will greatly promote the convalescence of the patient under uterine treatment.  Unlike yourself, he is not in the habit of examining the rectum unless there are urgent or special symptoms requiring such examination.  There was an instance in point in one of the wards of the hospital, a case of procidentia, with inflammation & enlargement to such a degree that immediate reduction was an impossibility.  With it were haemorrhoids & a protrusion of the anus, & the case was evidently a chronic one from the fact that the folds were integument like in their appearance.  Yet when I asked what would be done for the woman after the reduction of the uterus to its normal position, I was answered, "Nothing, except to try to relieve it congestion & enlargement, & to take a stitch".  The haemorrhoids were not to be touched either with the idea of giving the woman future comfort, or of relieving the possibility of an induced tentinitis(?) or cellulitis.  The operation for haemorrhoids was that by ecraseur.  They were not in the habit of operating frequently & dreaded secondary or concealed haemorrhage.  Your idea of rupturing the sphincter ani for the purpose of allowing free drain of blood & immediate knowledge of its presence had not been though of, though the Dr. acknowledged its value.  Your idea of everting the rectum by a finger in the vagina was also apparently new to him.  He spoke of the operation for haemorrhoids as one to be seldom attempted, & attended with serious risks.  Ovariotomy was not of late done in their hospitals, the ratio of success being too small to warrant it.  No explanation of this fact was afforded, though it is my belief that, unlike Boston, this city affords many cases of recovery from the operation when performed within its limits, & some when performed in the hospitals.  An interesting case of vesico-vaginal fistula was shown me, evidently requiring enclosure of the cervix uteri within the bladder.  Dr. Beatty having left the room, I inquired of the junior assistant the probability of an operation, seeing that he hesitated, I suggested this plan & was surprised to hear him speak of it in a slighting way as though he considered it an illegitimate operation.  But as Dr Churchill recommended it a few moments afterwards, I concluded that the profession in Dublin recognized its legitimacy & in many cases its extrinsic utility.  The method of examination is, as with us, upon the left side, the patient being covered with a sheet & in no way exposed.  The glass cylinder & Sims' retractor are the specula more frequently used, & I did not see a Cusco in the building.  Ulcerations so-called is considered as usually a simple abrasion, & treated by perfect rest from coition so as to avoid the male stroke, & by nitrate of silver or by tincture of iodine.  The same applications are frequently made within the cervical canal, but seldom within the internal os.  Versions & flexions are found very common; procidentia still more so.  The pessaries most in use are, the ring with thickened edges & their perforated centre, such as you have long since thrown aside; wooden pessaries of various shapes, producing their results by means of their bulk, alike obsolete with us, the Hodge is frequently used in all its forms save that of the horse shoe, Dr Beatty observing that he had seen this in situ but once & then when called upon to remove it.  Why its use is not more common I cannot understand; Certainly the comfort ensured to the patient would itself be a strong argument in its favor.

      I surprised Dr B. much by saying that we had thrown aside sea tangle tents after a fair trial & had now returned to the use of sponge.  He acknowledged the awkwardness & difficulty of withdrawal in many cases, saying that frequently he had observed the hourglass constriction at the place encircled by the inner os.  I quoted your case in which the tent had assumed a pear shape with its fundus corresponding with that of the uterus; Still, while he recognized the possibility of such an occurrence, he had not himself met with sufficient trouble to warrant their rejection.  The treatment of metritis was not confined to local measures, a favorite remedy being bichloride of mercury with the compound tincture of Bark.  Dr B. had thoroughly tested the value of leeches applied to the cervix & had almost entirely discontinued their use, preferring to scarify with a spoon shaped histomy (bistomy?).  Scarification of the fundus was almost entirely unknown, & the hospital possessed no instrument which we should consider at all adequate to the purpose.  While this was the case, still the Dr. could give me no reason, pathological or practical, why the fundus was not as much in need of depletion in many of the cases presenting themselves for treatment as the cervix or even in some yet more so.  Simpson's sound was one universally used; the small probe so much in vogue in New York seems unknown here for purposes of diagnosis.  Bearing in mind the frequent trouble experienced from the vomiting of pregnancy, I questioned carefully as to its frequency & treatment.  It was of course common, indeed almost the rule, to find it during the first few months, but cases of carriages from the straining attendant, or of dangerous illness as a sequence were rarely seen.  In agreement with the proposition of Sir James Y. Simpson, the os was frequently painted with iodine & often a good result.  Scheele's prussic acid in gtt[symbol] doses was exhibited with excellent effect; aside form the latter their treatment was the same as our own.  I suggested the employment of bromide of potassium, & was surprised to learn that its value was not at all recognized, not a particle of it being in the hospital.  As a narcotic, Dr Beatty expressed himself strongly in favor of the use of chlorodyne, "would hardly be able to practice in comfort without it," &c, regarded it as excellent in the diarrhoea of children, & by many it was thought of great assistance in phthisis pulmonalia.  Aconite was a favorite febrifuge;(?) muriated tincture of iron but little used.  The danger of receiving erysipelatous patients into a lying-in ward was fully recognized & guarded against.  The only ecraseurs used contained either a chain or a twine of wire, the latter being the suggestion of the elder dr Beatty.  Your own form of wire with a smaller, wound around it in spiral, had not been seen.  Dr Beatty was exceedingly courteous & I would here express my gratitude.  Should he visit us, Americans can do no better than repay in kind one on whose courtesy our country's name seems to be an accepted draft that he hastens to honor.

      As I was about toking my leave, the elder Dr Beatty came in.  Mutual compliments having passed, he plunged at once into the details of practice.  He spoke of nitric acid as his most common application to the os & cervical canal.  He was not in the habit of scarifying the interior of the uterus, & knew no instrument suitable for the purpose.  He ordinarily used the cylindrical glass speculum, but some times others, frequently that of Sims.  He showed me one, of German silver, which he had found very useful in constricted vaginae, it being introduced & slowly dilated, by passing graduated bougies through it from time to time, & allowing it to remain for variable periods in the vagina.  He spoke of having had several such instances in his practice & related an illustration which seems of sufficient interest to send you, & while it appeared to me as unique, yet he assured me that such cases were by no means rare, especially among Catholics, & quoted from Dr Churchill a case, where, incredible as it may seem, an Army surgeon was the man at fault.  Some five years previous to data an elderly lady called upon him, saying that her daughter having been married for four years & not being as yet pregnant, she imagined there must be something wrong.  Requesting that the daughter might be sent to him, which was immediately done, an examination showed that she was virtually a virgin, the hymen being intact, & the vaginal meatus being barely large enough to admit the end of the little finger.

      "'And what kind of man is your daughter's husband?' I asked the old lady."

      "A Fine hearty fellow, to be sure he is."

      "Send him to me tomorrow." Tomorrow came, & with it the young man; a lusty looking fellow, always spending his time in hunting & manly exercise."

      "And did you never touch a woman before you were married?'

      "Never a one, Sir."

      "How did you manage to keep out of temptation all the time?"

      "Why you know our religion is very strict, & we, being obliged to confess often, could not deny it had we any conscience; & besides, my father used to take me every day after dinner & lecture me on chastity, & hold up to me the horrors attendant upon an impure life."

      "You say you never had connection with a woman before you were married?"

      "No, Sir, never."

      "'By my faith, & you may say the same now?'  Whereupon I told him of his wife & of his duty by her, & had her come up to me every few days, & introduced this speculum & graduated bougies.  That was ten months ago, & she comes up next month to be delivered."

      Remembering Dr Maughs' severe raid upon Dr Pallen's article upon uterine surgery, I inquired as to his belief regarding the legitimacy of advisability of hysterectomy.  Picking up a single-bladed hysterotome, he said, "I should almost feel at a loss without this knife.  I consider the operation as legitimate, & should feel very much surprised at  hearing a respectable educated physician make a sweeping assertion to the contrary." "Why, Sir, the uterus is an organ which will bear a deal of rough handling.  I assisted the other day in an operation for the removal of several small tumors form with the uterine cavity, the same having been dilated by a series of sea-tangle tents.  They were removed by the ecraseur, the patient being under chloroform, & after their removal the entire uterine cavity was swabbed out with strong nitric acid.  There was not the sequence of an untoward symptom."

      Returning to my question, he added that he often used the hysterotome for the relief of dysmenorrhoea, with great success; always using it freely & slitting open the entire cervix so that the cut edges would evert, otherwise the operation might go for naught, the incision not being sufficiently free to prevent the freshened edges for reuniting.  He had no preference for the double-bladed hysterotome, the greater celerity attained with it being hardly a gain.  For amenorrhoea, a piece of nitrate of silver, a quarter to an half inch in length, was frequently introduced & left to dissolve, with benefit; our won common treatment.  He agreed with Dr Churchill that true ulceration of the os was very rare, that commonly so-called being simple abrasions, & often the result of the force of the marital stroke.  Again, he confirmed Dr Churchill's statement, that nothing was known of criminal abortion, & was surprised at the amount of it in our country.  Before separating, he expressed the most kindly feeling & greatest respect for the profession in America.

      At noon, I called upon Mr Butcher, whose name is so familiarly known to us as a surgeon; a man of most indomitable perseverance & a thorough gentleman of the old school.  He very kindly showed me his museum, containing 1500 plaster casts of various abnormalities which had been subjected to his knife, all cast, prepared & colored by his own hand, "in seventeen years of my early life," & he is yet a very young looking man.  Mr B. spoke of his thorough trial of acetic acid by injection in cases of cancer.





                          3, UPPER GROSVENOR STREET,

                               GROSVENOR SQUARE,

                                  LONDON, W.

                                          25 Jan 1869

Dear Dr. Storer

      I had b p to Nice & was away when your letter arrive, or I would have replied to it earlier.

      I have not seen Dr. Kimball's paper, so I cannot or do more than answer your own questions.  My on impression is that Dr. Kimball & I, after the operation, both told you we thought you would have done better to use the clamp than adopt the plan which you did.  I have also a sort of indistinct idea that Dr. Kimball said he had once tried a plan somewhat similar, but did not like it, in this, however, I am very far from certain.  My own feeling of the plan is now exactly what it was when I say you carrying it out, namely that it cannot by any possibility be a good plan.  It may answer, no doubt, occasionally, but I am convinced it must in the long run prove very inferior to any extra peritoneal method.  In fact it seems to me to combine the disadvantages of both extra & intra peritoneal methods, without the corresponding advantages of either.  You have the danger of poisoning of the wound by _____tation of purulent matter during the retraction of the hyatius(?), which you avoid by closing the skin around the pedicle beneath the clamp.  You have some of the evils of traction if the pedicle is short, & you have not the advantage of complete closure of the peritoneal cavity & _____ union of the wound as in the intra peritoneal methods of _____  , or _____ ligature, and the prospect of your own can after the operation _____ bear out.  I think, all my fears exhibited at the time that you have adopted a method likely to lead to _____ration.

      I tell all this to you much more frankly than I would to anyone else, & I need not say that I certainly have claimed to be the originator of a plan which I strongly disapprove, and I trust it is equally needless to add that I never expressed any "slighting or contemptuous opinion" of you.  On the contrary I have spoken of you in a very different spirit, and however I may differ from you on points of practice you may rest assured that personally I shall always be ready to renew our friendly relations, which ought not be at all affected by scientific discussion.


                        T? Spencer Wells



[Countway - 1994]

                                   A REPORT


As regards the Organs of Respoiration and Circulation, & the Associated Process of Digenstion & Assimilation.

                            By HORACE DOBELL, M.D.,

Senior Physician to the Royal Hospital for Diseases of teh Chest, etc., etc.


                              84 Hanley St.

                                    Jany. 27, 1869.

Dear Sir

      I am advised by Mr Spencer Wells to send you the above note, and, as I am very desirous that America shall be well represented in my "Report," may I ask for your co-operation in any way that you may think best.

      I am orgainizing my corrspondents & coadjutors, in different parts of the world, principally under the following heads:

 1 Representatives of Countries or Districts

 2 Reposof Departments

 3 D - J. of Hospitals in Either of which capacities I shall be much gratifed by having your assistance.

      We have no time to lose, for so much is o__fied(?) by the transit of foreign letters, but I have already a large number of correspondents at work & all promises well for a successful report.  I shall be happy to give you any further information you may desire, and hoping to have the pleasure & advantage of yr co-operation

      I am dear Sir

            Yrs truly

            Horace Dobell [ 1828- ]

Dr. Storer,


[Nat. Lib. Med]

                              52 Queen St


                              21 Jan 1870

My Dear Dr.

      I am going to ask of you two special favors-

      1. Please send me a copy of the inscriptions cut on your Boston Monument to Anaesthesia.  Is a photograph of it procurable?

      2. Be so kind as forward to me any late number of the Boston Medical Journal that alludes in any way to the anaesthetic controversy.  No copy comes to Edinburgh, & Dr Bigelow did not send me, as he should have done, the number containing his letter.

      Last week the London Medical Gazette published with comments a great part of Dr B's letter, & this week I sent mine in reply, as the accidental opportunity was too good to be lost.

      I have looked over, this last week, the large volume of documents &c published by Dr Morton at his own expense, & have got new ideas from it on the history of anaesthesia in America, which probably I will publish.

      There is, I think, not the very slightest doubt that the first case of anaesthetic operation was at Hartford on 11th Dec 1844, & not at Boston on 30th Sept. 1846.  Dr Horace Wells was himself the victim, Dr Riggs the operator.

      The perusal of the documents impresses me further with the idea that on this side of the ocean we do not give Dr Jackson sufficient credit for the ether, or the idea of its being efficacious.  But in his case it was a speculation & nothing more.  Without Morton it might have been a barren idea still.  He is proved to have been afraid of Morton's doings.  I wonder if his fears were owing to the frightening paragraph about its effects written by Farady in Brandis Journal for 1818.  Why was he afraid?  Could you find out.  Dr Jackson was most unfortunate in his lawyer Mr Leid(?), who evidently tried to pervert some of the evidence & raises one's blood in doing so.  Dr that my collection of evidence is open, fair & honest.  A man named Angier is brought forward to swear & invalidate the evidence of Mr Spear in regard to his breathing ether (he was a patient of Morton's) before the interviews between Dr. Jackson & Morton.  Is this man not a scent?  Who is he?  Jackson on 30th Oct told Morton something, perhaps not much, but I cant find out whether that induced him at once to experiment on himself.[HRS comment "never experimented"]  Morton doubtless knew all about ether, but improperly covered up his knowledge from Dr Jackson.  What was the something.  Find it out.

                  Yours very truly

                        J Y Simpson

P.S. In the minds of my countrymen the doing at Paris in 1846-7 had a prejudicial affect on the claims of Dr Jackson because there was a belief of want of "fair play," which John Bull values so very deeply.  Do you know Mr Spear who breathed the ether in for Morton's?  He & others could now tell a quiet and truthful tale which it would be interesting to hear.  Could you have a talk with Spears?



[Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology Rare Book Collection]

                              52 Queen St


                                          28 Febry, 1870

My Dear Dr.

      I have taken the liberty of sending you a parcel of the printed letters.  You will oblige me much if you will give copies to Mr. Eddy -- or any other people interested in the matter.

      While there are still witnesses living should not some one collect among you and publish all the evidence that remains -- with the view of settling the claims of Dr. Jackson and Dr. Morton.

      I scribble in haste.

            Yours very truly

                  J. Y. Simpson

Dr. H. Storer



[Nat. Lib. Med]

                              52 Queen St


                              9 April 1870

My Dear Dr. Storer,

      At the time I received the pointed slip, containing Dr. Bigelow's second letter, I was laid up in consequence principally of over fatigue and distant travelling work, with several attacks of rheumatism in the Chest, (I have had two attacks of rheumatic fever before) from which I am not likely to recover.  Amidst my sickness I have tried to dictate an answer to Dr. Bigelow which has become far too long in my hands, but I have pointed out, and it will be sent to you, when the printing of it is completed, by the next mail.  I send it through you as my last offering to the Gynaecological Society of Boston to use it as they seem fit.  The separate copies which will be sent to you distribute privately or use them as you think right.  Please ask the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal to admit my answer as an antidote to Dr. Bigelow's efforts.  There never was a more unjust or unjustifiable attack than this.  I know from the inmost depths of my own Conscience that I never said or wrote a single word to detract from the mightiness of the discovery of anaesthesia by sulphuric ether at Boston in 1846.  But surely the discovery of another anaesthetic by me, a year afterwards, more powerful, practical, and useful than sulphuric ether was in itself a fact of no small moment, and tended I well know immensely to spread the use of anaesthesia on this side of the Atlantic.  Perhaps some one, within 10 or 20 years, may discover another and better type of anaesthetic than we yet possess.  I a man that does so to be denied all merit because sulphuric ether was found out to be an excellent if not perfect anaesthetic at Boston in 1846?  I had no idea of the character & extent of Wells' merits till I latterly looked over, more carefully, the official volume of evidence on the matter published by Dr. Morton.  According to the latest London journals, some seem to be adapting the contents of nitrous oxide gas for various surgical operations besides tooth-drawing.  Our Lord Provost Chambers who made the speech at which Dr. Bigelow cants so much, has bee living in Italy for the last six months, and has just returned to town, and I daresay is startled to find that a sentence of his has given rise to such an unfortunate and petty warfare.

      My assistant Dr Coghill, has just told me that a patient of mine, who has been here from Boston for some months, has received a copy of Dr. Bigelow's letter from America by the last post.  I suppose this shows how active some Bostonian physicians are against me in this matter.  Surely in common courtesy Dr. Bigelow ought to have sent me a proper and authenticated copy.

      Probably the strife had been fanned, it is suggested to me, by one or two medical men in this city, for there are none or two in our lists who have quarrelled bitterly with me though I have never quarrelled with them.  Thy are old pupils, who ought to have felt deep gratitude for what I had done for them, but I have found, what many others have found, that what ought to be deep gratitude sometimes, and without any apparent cause whatever, becomes deep malignity.  I forgive them most willingly all they have done.  God has made my life sufficiently successful to a degree far beyond my deserts, and I have been ever happy in doing the work which He has allotted to me.  May He ever prosper you in your work, and hold you under the guidance of His eye.

      With the kindest remembrances to all your friends

                        Believe me,

                        Ever yours truly,

                        J Y Simpson



[Nat. Lib. Med]

                              52 Queen St


                              24(1?) April 1870

Dear Sir,

      My father Sir James Simpson wrote to you on the 16th instant with regard to copies of a "second letter to Dr Bigelow" which he hoped to send you y'day.  However the copies were not printed in time.  But he hopes to send off two or three hundred copies to you tomorrow or next day.  Sir James had a list of persons to whom he wished to send copies but has lost it.  He therefore prays you to do whatever you think best with the copies & with the letter.  It has not been published in this country at all.

      Sir James is still quite an invalid, and not well enough to do nay kind of work.  However his state has been improving for the last fortnight, & since the two or three days of breathlessness which prostrated him as he was recovering from his first attack.  His medical attendant confidently pronounces that he will recover.

                  I remain yours faithfly

                        Walter R. Simpson

P.S. I hear from his doctors that my fathers pulse is every day growing stronger and steadier.  The constantly recurring attacks of breathlessness he suffered from for several days accompanied with swelling of his legs were exhausting him fast.  I think his doctors are astonished at his recovery & the attacks having very nearly abated, being now slight and rare.  The doctors are sanguine of his regaining at any rate a great measure of health, as the water is being reduced in his limbs so.  He is not so sanguine about himself.  The delay in furnishing the letter was caused by his incapacity to look at proofs since this last letter.


Western Union Telegraph

Dr Horatio Storer

753 Cable

May 6 1870

To  Dr Horatio Storer

      Boston Massachusetts


James died friday evening at eight.

                  Walter Simpson, Edinburgh



[Nat. Lib. Med]

                              52 Queen St


                              25th April 1870

My Dear Dr. Storer,

      The letter to Dr. Bigelow is printed to day & will I believe be sent out to you tomorrow, it is still in an incomplete state, but I have not had strength to work more at it.

      Two points I wished to have alluded to, but I find I have omitted them.

      I.  Of the value of Dr. Wells' observation.  He himself cites in his pamphlet the opinion, with is too strong, but still deserved to be quoted, of Dr. Marcy, to the following effect: "I beg leave to offer it as my opinion that the man who first discovered the fact that the inhalation of a gaseous substance would render the body insensible to pain, during surgical operation should be entitled to all the credit or emolument which may accrue from the use of any substances of this nature.  This it the principle, this is the fact, this is the discovery.  The mere substitution of ether vapor, or any other article, for the gas, no more entitles one of the claims of a discovery that the substitution of coal for wood in generating steam, would entitle one to be called the discoverer of the powers of steam (Dr. Wells' Pamphlet on Nitrous Oxide Gas, p. 20).

      II. I have forgot to allude to what Dr. Sinclair told me when he was here a year or two ago; namely, that he could not use chloroform at Boston in consequence of being caballed at by all the other Practitioners of the City.  Surely, this is a most strange & narrow minded policy of the profession of a town like Boston, pretending to be enlightened & living up to the spirit of the age.  In former days amidst the many fierce Counter(?) Clastes(?) issued to prevent the use & spread of tobacco.  Dr. Bigelow relates that in the Colony of Massachusetts and Act was passed laying a penalty upon any individual who should be guilty of "smoking tobacco with twenty paces of any house" are the modern inhabitants of Massachusetts as a general body to be curbed & restrained as far behind in the march of intellect regarding the influence of chloroform as their forefathers were with regard to the influence of Tobacco?  All such sumptuary notions & laws end in nothing but failure & discomfiture.

      Be so good as distribute the copies sent as sees fit to you.  I had a list when I sent away the former but, have no strength to look up for it now.  The post expenses will be gladly discharged by my son.

      And now my dear Dr. Storer may God Almighty bless you & yours and all that belong to you.  I have had three severe attacks of acute Rheumatism at the distance of several years interval.  This last has been the most severe of all as it attacks my chest.  I am no very likely to escape its effects and am in extreme debility, but you & I will I hope meet in another world, for I look, as I hope you do, for Salvation to Jesus & to "Jesus only."  In writing I make use of the hands of my pupil, Dr. Munro, who has watched over me most lovingly & sedulously, by night & by day

            Yours Ever

                  JY Simpson

Dr Horatio Storer




                              1 Blythwood Square.


                                          July 28th 1870

My dear Storer,

      I ought to have written you at the very first for I was apprised of your sympathy, but it seems as if i can never get all the letters written that I ought to write.

      Let me thank you heartily for your kind congratulations.  And I appreciate not less your friendly hint that I have need to bestir myself to keep the family laurels fresh.  How it thrilled my heart to read the noble speeches about my beloved uncle in the Gynaecological Journal!  I thought I owed a copy that was set me to your kindness.  I have ever had a profound admiration of America.  Your generous appreciation of him _____ the admiration into warmer love.

      Wattie (Sir Walter, I mean) & I were talking about sending you the proof of my uncle's letter with the correction in his own hand, that hand's last work, if you though it would be an acceptable contribution to the Gynack. Socty Library.  W was to write you a fortnight ago, but he has been away in the Country, & I am not sure whether he had carried out his intentions.

      I am leaving my practice here in the hands of Dr Umro, the last Queen 8t aprslant & I go there myself two days hence.

      It will be an unspeakable pleasure to me to welcome your son to Edn. & I can assure any of your friends of a hearty welcome at all time to the old house you knew so well.

            With best regards, I am

                  Yours very faithfully

                        Alex R Simpson


[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                                          Ottawa Nov 14th 1870

My dear Sir,

      I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of a certificate of Honorary Membership of the Gynaecological Society of Boston, together with a copy of the Constitution and By laws of that Society to which I give a cordial assent.  Be good enough to express my best thanks to the Society for this very flattering compliment they have prov'd me and assure them that it is highly appreciated by

            Yours faithfully

                  Charles Tuffer.

H.R. Storer Esq

      M.D., Secty &c.



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

Dear Sir,

      Accept my thanks for your volume on "Insanity in Women" and believe me

                              Yours truly


296 Beacon St.

Jan 21st 1871



[Countway - 1994]

Horatio R. Storer, M.D.

      Dear Sir

            I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your polite note of teh 4th. inst. and in reply regret to say that the state of my health prevents my leaving home, and consequently it will be impossible for me to attend the meeting of "THe Association of American Medical Editors."

      With best wishes for the success of the laudable objects of teh Association

      I am your Obeidt. St.

            Isaac Hays  [HAYS, Isaac, 1796-1879]


February 6th/71

[HRS note says "again written to 9 Feb 1871"]





                              102 West 34th Street.

                              New York, Feb. 8th, 1871

My dear Doctor.

            I sign the enclosed with much pleasure.

                  Yours sincerely

                  William A. Hammond

Dr. H. R. Storer.

[Hammond, William Alexander, 1828-1900]




                         Office of THE MEDICAL TIMES,

                       J.B. LIPPINCOTT & CO., Publishers

                                    715 and 717 Market Street.

                                    Philadelphia, Feb. 12 1871

Dear Doctor,

      Allow me to acknowledge the receipt through Prof. Gross, of your favor of 10th. inst.

      I forward you the Articles of Association, with my signature.  I fear it will be impossible for me to attend meeting of the Amer. Med. Association at San Francisco; but if not so, I certainly will be present at the meeting of the Editors Association.

                  Very respectfully yours

                              William Peppers



[Countway - 1994]

Horatio R. Storer, M.D.

      Dear Sir

      Your polite note of the 4th Inst. came duly to hand and as you desire I have given the subject further consideration, but regret to say that I cannot find any sufficient reasons for recalling what I have already written.

      Yr very Obt. St.

            Isaac Hays [HAYS, Isaac -- 1796-1879]


1525 Locust St

March 13th 1871


[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

[Mar. 21 1871]

Dear Sir,

      I have just received the book which you have had the kindness to send me, and for which I beg to thank you cordially.  Though I feel myself but an incompetent judge on these subjects, it cannot but be apparent to any thinking person that your volume is full of matter deserving the most grave and careful consideration.

                                    Very truly yours

                                    F. Parkman

50 Chestnut St.

21 Mar. '71




[Ethel-October 1993]


                                                      May 16, 1876[4?  Second wife died April 26, 1874]

My dear Doctor,

                  I cannot help thinking how long it will be before you get this note & wishing with all my heart this morning that I could talk to you directly & tell you how sorry I am for you in your great sorrow of which I have just heard.  I have thought of you so often I silently wished your happiness in the new home which your wife had made for you & I have thought of her so often with her quiet earnestness & patient self-sacrifice.  And now it is almost impossible to realize that it is over for this world.  I think that even you can hardly realize it & it is more difficult still for us who are so far away & have not seen her for so long.

      I remember your wife from the first day I saw her.  I felt as if I knew her much better than probably it seemed to her, but the simplicity & freshness & kindliness of her nature did not allow her to remain a stranger.  And I have known nobody to whom the best hopes & finest inspirations of religion seemed to come so simply & easily.  The pure love for the Savior was very real to her & very beautiful to see in her.  She was one of the people who are so simply & genuinely good that they do not make other people say or even notice how good they are.

      In the midst of all your sorrow, I am very thankful for you, my dear friend.  I am thankful for the happy days which God has given you with her whom He as taken, and I am thankful that you have felt the assurance of her love, the happy knowledge that the change which has come to her has not broken the affection between you.  May God give you this knowledge more & more.  He is putting your faith to its severest test.  May HE make it strong under the trial & all the stronger for the trial.

      When shall we see you at home?  Perhaps I may see you in Europe first, for I am going for a few weeks this Summer.  My kind love to Mrs Gilmore & your boys  [Was he not aware of Agnes?]  May God bless & keep you always

                              Your friend

                                    Phillips Brooks



                              Cambridge July 9th


My ever dear Horatio,

      I will not attempt to apologize to you who do well know and understand me, for my long silence, when your last welcome letter, sealed with the living associations of the past gave me so much comfort and pleasure.

      I have not been in th usual health for a long while, since my return from Quebec, the effects of a severe cold taken before Palm Sunday and which I hoped were overcome, have reappeared and developed a very uncomfortable (to say the least) sore throat, with an elongation of the soft palate, not yielding readily to any treatment recommended by your father or Dr Wyman.[Morrill?  Would not associate with Dr. Warner because of Warner's associaton with Horatio in Sept. 1871.]  They say it is owing to prostration, generally and perhaps it is so, for I do not feel so vigorous and enduring as I had even ten years ago! [She died 1878] But I have been better the past two days.  I try not to confine myself to my room and save stretngth in that way.  I have been absent from church ever since Whit Sunday.  The only time I have heard or seen Mr. Brooks since my return.  Five Sundays of absence from church!  But I would not complain or murmur, so many mercies and blessings are still spared to me.  I was very sorry to find by dear Frank's letter that he was not so well again, and have been hoping to hear through Mr. Boylstand's letters more particularly about the dear boy.  But not a word has reached me.  I cannot tell you or him, dear Horatio, how much I thank you all for sending me that precious little picture of sweet little Agnis, it is so spirited.  The we all think it must be true and life-like.  I keep the dear child beside me on my work table.  Her eyes look so bright.  They seem to look into mine, and almost reply to the many questions I put to her!  We have pleasant talks together, the dear child!  How I wish she could ever know how tenderly "Aunt Margaret" thinks of her and loves her, although far away!  But God's will be done, on Earth as it is Heaven!"

      I wish I knew more about your daily life dear Horatio.  Can it ever be that you can think your happiness, and the welfare of each one of you, is best near to me, than ever always?  I know you do not, and fully sympathetic in your unwillingness to have your own affairs discussed, there are subjects on which you would desire silence, to which I now allude.

      I was taken sick at your Father's before your Mother's return, and came out to Cambridge the first day you Father would consent to the exposure, which is four or five weeks since, so that I have not bee able to go into town to see your Mother since her return.  "Aunt Sarah" saw her a day or two since, and said she very calm and cheerful.  She fully appreicated the dim and dark prospect before her, and is very patient.  She has the sincere sympathy of her friends in this trial.  God only can help the sufferer to bear this burden.  May all needed grace and peace be vouchsafed through faith in Him who died that we might all come with Him, and live forever!

      Do write to her, dear Horatio, as often as you can and say all you can to comfort and help her.

      Your dear Father is looking quite well, he has been out to see me several times.  He feels lonely, and sometimes looks sad.  I think he realized that life is now short, the allotted portion is past.  We will never forget dear Horatio, in our daily prayers to commend those we love, most fervently, to Him who can and will give rest & peace and joy, to the believeing heart!  and in His own way draws them to Himself.  May the names of those so dear to us, each one be written in "The Lamb's Book of Life."

      Our time and thoughts are much occupied just now with preparations for our dear Markie's future.  She expects to be married in September.  The day not yet fixed.  More than once we have all said "I do wish Horatio and all his family could be with us on the occasion!  You will hear definitely, in season to make any arrangements to come!  They have taken a house on the corner of Cringer(?) St. and Concord Ave, very near us, a pleasant neighborhood.  It will make a great chane in our house chares, so few of us, in this large house.

      You will be glad to hear that Bellamy is steadily gaining practice, and is a devoted son & brother, "Cousin Fanny," has been daily growing in grace and all goodness.  She is the strong arm and efficient hand of the household.  We hope she will come on this summer and be here at the wedding.  You probably hear all general news of interest from other sources.  Assure dear Mrs. Gilmore of my most affectionate remembrance, and to each of the dear boys Aunt Margaret's tenderest love.  I hope soon to hear that dear Frank is better.  God bless him!  Will you not sometimes, dear Horatio, have your photograph taken for me, that I may look into your face, now?

      Have I ever, I think not directly, thanked you for the interesting picture you sent me while in Quebec, if not let me now assure you I shall value it very much, and add it to the space in my chamber which is dedicated to you and yours.

      Kiss dear little Agnes for me, for "Aunt Margaret."  Does she talk yet?  What does she say?

                        Ever affectionately yrs

                        Aunt Margaret



                                          Palazza Dolpirelli,

                                          257, Riviera di Chiaja


                                          24th July 1876

My dear Dr.

      I am very glad to find from your letter that Aggy is going on well.  And I gather indirectly from it that the paroxysms are not very severe as you or Miss McK. do not arrive easily in time to administer chloroform.  Concerning ourselves- My poor little boy makes slow-very slow progress.  But he has no very bad symptoms and on the whole does very fairly.  You ask concerning schools & private tutors for John & Malcolm.  At present, I can tell you little; except that in Edinburgh you can get the very best tuition at the very cheapest rate.  Cheaper you can get abroad no doubt but the quality is not by a very long way up to the Edinburgh mark.  The High School in Edinburgh was worked up to a very high standard by Dr. Leonard Schmidt, the Historian.  He has left & I do not know how it keeps up its reputation.  Socially speaking it is not of the same standing as the Edinb. Academy & Feltes College.  It is principally frequented by the sons of tradesmen & also perhaps well to do mechanics.  But I should very strongly urge upon you not to send either of the boys to school or college just yet.  Private tuition for a year is the best thing for them.  They will thus be at less disadvantage when they enter classes whether at school or University.  John should go to the University, as at his age & with the habits he has formed the discipline of a school would be utterly unsuitable to him.  A great deal of course depends upon his future profession.  If he goes in for medicine, he must buckle to at once at his Latin &c, so as to be able to pass the Entrance Exam, in a year or 18 months.  You are arriving at an unfortunate time as on the 2d. Aug. the day after graduation ceremonies, every one who can bolts from Edinb. for seaside or country.  If you send 3 p to the Secr. for the University you will get a Calendar which contains a lot of information.  If you send me a line as to your plans, &c., I will give you one or two introductions which may be of use, but which I fancy will be little needed by you as you are well known in Auld Beekie.  Still a hint or two may not be out of place as I know the lay of the land much better than you can possibly do.  Edinburgh Society is, more's the shame & pity - completely eaten up by cliques & worse still by religious cliques.  Although you may be a light in Science & receive every attention as such at the University Societies (i.e. Med. & Scientific) yet this does not mean that you will be admitted to "vie intime" by some indeed a good many of the Northern lights.  For example, A. Simpson for auld langsyne I am sure will welcome you - but as you are an Episcopalian, will have an inner feeling that you are a vessel of wrath.  If you cannot or will not hold forth at a prayer meeting some of the lights will be apt to let their religious feelings allow them to overlook your undoubted professional claims.  This will not matter to you personally as I suppose you don't mean to set up your tent in Auld Beekie but you must take it into consideration for your boys: & consider whether you wish them to be weaned from the Church of their father, or exposed to influences tending in that direction.  Now I am afraid that if you were to leave the boys to the care of some of these Saints there would soon be a difficulty on the score of Sunday matters.  Indeed I am quite sure that love for their souls would be the cause of a great deal of discomfort.  One or two men ie Lurner the Anatomist and Episcopalian, & P. Heron Watson the Surgeon a Free Kirker do not go in for this sort of thing, & to them I shall be happy to send you introductions as a friend of mine.  Had Noor Bagbie been alive I should have sent one to him also.  I only know one other Edinb. man my former guardian a writer to the Signet.  He will be glad to see any friend of mine, & I daresay will do his best to beguse?, but he is an old bachelor & his sisters old maids.  Still I am sure they will be kind to you & yours.  He has a nice place in Roxburghshire.  He used to be a director or manager of the Infirmary: & is legal adviser to the College of Physicians.  His name however stinks in the Nostrils of the Saints as he is a high dried Tory done of the principal upholders of the Established Church of Scotland which is the dearest wish of the Free & United Presbyterians to upset.  Another I may tell you that these churches are political churches, whatever they may choose to say to the contrary, & if they had their own way, Scotland would either be in flames in a month, or under the Yoke of an Ecclesiastical despotism compared to which the tyranny of Jesuits would be roseleaves.  I shall write to a friend of mine who is demonstrator of Anatomy at the University & he will be able to give me full information about Classes for you boys tutors.  But where to catch him at this moment-or rather when you arrive I know not.  Hi name is Rupell & if you should happen to fall in with him use my name.  No man in Edinburgh can give you better advice than he can.  His talents are of the highest & he will certainly get the first good thing in the way of Anatomy that is offered in Britain.  He has looked after the education of his younger brothers one of whom is a Free Church Minister so he knows exactly what is best in the way of a literary education.  If you arrive in Liverpool by the 1st or 2d Aug. you should if possible start at once for Edinburgh so as to catch your birds before they scatter.  Auld Beekie is only a few hours from Liverpool by rail & if you leave at night you will be there in the morning.  I see that the proposal to repeal the C.D. acts has been rejected in Parliament by a large majority - so that has come to an end for some little time.  The agitators however are utterly unscrupulous & it is quite possible that later they will have a strong party in their favour, & get the Act repealed.  Their cause is espoused by the Saints, & will have further help now as it will be represented that the rejection was the act of a Tory govt. whereas a great many liberals voted for the rejection.  So they will make it at last a party question.  We have no news here.  Richard Holmes was prayed for in Church yesterday.  I have not heard what is the matter with him.  We have a new American dentist Chamberlain.  He is in partnership with Dempater.  But I think that he must have come before you left.  My last baby is very thriving & voracious- He eats anything he can get.  He tried to eat a plate the other day when the pudding which was on it had been consumed.  The temperature in our house has never been above 78 degrees so we are rather chuckling over the good people at home who have been in the ninetys.  I am following with peak interest the evidence in the Bravo case.  That arch hydropathist Sully of Malvern has got himself mixed up in it very unpleasantly.  I trust soon to hear that you have arrived safely and that all of you are well & flourishing.  We all join in kindest regards to yourself & family & I remain always yours most sincerely

                        J. A. Mengies.



[Ethel-October 1993]

12. Place Vindome


            Aug. 30/76

My Dear Dr. Storer,

      Thanks for your kind letter of the 12th which (directed to no - 4 Place Vindome) has just this moment reached me.  Dr. & Mrs Pratt will both be glad to see you - and I regret I shall not be here to welcome you.  Intended to sail tomorrow for New York, But I shall not be able to get off till the 7th on the City of Chester.

      Where will you spend the winter?

      Take care of that splendid boy of yours and educate him in England or at home.  This is all unnecessary advice to  you, for I am sure you will not fall short of your duties to him.  I expect to return to Europe next July.  I hope to see you here if not at home before then.  Believe me dear Dr. Storer most truly yours

                  J. Marion Sims.



[Ethel-October 1993]

30 Charlotte Square


August 14


Dear Dr Storer

      If you can dine with me quietly or en campagne or undress (which is the right phrase?) tomorrow Tuesday at Woodville, Canaan Lane, at 6:30 you will much oblige

                  yours vy try

                  J. Matthews Duncan

[note on envelope say Mathews Duncan , M. D. + Lachlan Aitken, M.D.  assistants to Sir James Young Simpson-- note has a black border perhaps related to Simpson death, but no year given in date.]



                              1 West Castle Road



Dear Dr Storer.

            Could you dine with me to meet a few Edinburgh "Meds" on Wednesday next?

      I am obliged to make it so late in the week owing to the probability of my being out of town until then.

      Half past six is our dinner hour.

                              Yours very truly

                              L Aitkin



[Ethel-October 1993]

                              126 ____ Street


                              4th Oct 1876

My dear Storer,

      I am truly kind to have so good an account of your wife & hope some day to make her acquaintance.

      You must kindly excuse a short not on this occasion as I come fairly into harness? again.

      I shall hope to hear from you soon.

      Am ever yours truly

            Robert Broes Malcolm



[Ethel-October 1993]                           

              General Council of Medical Education & Registration

                             of the United Kingdom

                         315 Oxford Street, London, W.

                                    5th October 1876

My dear Sir,

      I am glad that the delay which must intervene before you can be Registered does not seriously inconvenience you.

      Any canvassing of Members of the medical Council is so little approved of that some caution is enjoined about the issue of Lists.  But I know you may be trusted in that respect and in fact the lists of the respective Branch Councils may at any time be ascertained by referring to the Medical Register.

      Too, by the Medical Act, the Branch Council of each Division of the United Kingdom must consist of all the Members of Council appointed by the Corporations & the Crown for that Division.

      Hoping that your Registration may be conveniently accomplished,

            I am, dear Sir, yours faithfully

                              Frank Hawkins

Dr Storer

P.S.  I hope the size of the list which the Clerk has kindly made for you, will not inconvenience you.

List of Names of Members of the Branch Council for England, of the General Medical Council.

Dr Acland, Dr Pitman, Sir James Paget. Bart: Edward Bradford Esqre, Dr. Rolleston, Dr. Humphry, Dr Pyle, Dr Storrar, Dr Quain, Sir W.W. Gull Bart: M.D., John Senior C.B.F.R.L., T. P. Teale Esqre.





                                    7 Oct./76

                                    3, UPPER GROSVENOR STREET,

                                                LONDON, W.

Dear Dr. Storer

      Many thanks for letting me see your interesting letter.  I have made 2 or 3 verbal allegations.  One of importance is an to the Chloromethyl or Richland Methylene.  Which I have now used for nearly 10 years instead of chloroform, and I think it even safer than ether.  You may have observed that neither _____  _____  or _____ could be effected by it, or even perceive the odour.  The patients _____ get air charged with about 2 percent of Methylene.

      I return the Boston Journal.

      I have a private case at 9 Blandford Square on Monday at 2-30 and another on Thursday at 2-30 at 234 Maybeline Road.  I have in my plan to see you at either, or both.

      Mrs. Wells & the children are still at my country home.  If fine tomorrow, & you are driving, you will find us at home all day.  My address is  Golders' ___, North end, Hampstead.


                              T. Spencer Wells



                                          Nov. 10th / 76

My dear Sir,

            Many thanks for your letter received the other day.  I also received the paper you sent announcing your marriage.  Most earnestly do I pray that God's richest blessings may be upon your union, and that you may both enjoy enough happiness.  It is indeed a great thing for your little girl to have such an one as your present wife to fill a mother's place.  As there was no Parish Register at Sorrento, the baptism of your girl could not be entered, yet?  I find on enquiry that a statement of the fact of her baptism by me will be sufficient- will you therefore please send me your ____ name in full, & that of the mother.  I will then send a certificate.  I ought to have remembered to have ____ ____ in ____ ____ but it ____ occurred ____ ____ ____ .  I suppose the little one has been received in to the Church?  This again I ought to have done myself before leaving Sorrento.  I suppose not having Parochial Duties in general make one forgetful of managing a case properly, when it did arise.  We have just had a Mission in this Parish, & have had very hard work.  My brain does not feel very clear & I find ____ very difficult in writing letters to express myself, so please excuse my deficiencies in this respect.  I        productive of food to many a soul in this place.  I possibly may come up to London for a day next week.  If so , & if I possibly can, I shall hope to have the pleasure of calling on you: It would be Tuesday if I came at all.  I am so sorry that Mrs Storer is not strong:  we should have been so glad if you could have paid us a visit down here.  Please give our kindest regards to Mrs.  We hope that you may both soon enjoy better health, & that you will not suffer from London fog.  With our sincere congratulations on your marriage.

      Believe me, my dear Sir.

      Ever yours sincerely

      Dr Niam E. Emmet.

P.S. I am so glad that your son is comfortably placed.




                                                S. F.

                                                Nov. 20 1876

My dear Friend Storer

      Your very welcome letter of the 30 ult. came ____ this morning.  I had not heard of your leaving Italy or of your marriage.  I most heartily congratulate you on both events.  As I am a firm believer in living among the English speaking people.  As far as I have observed and seen they are not equaled by any other people, in energy, honesty, intelligence and morals.  As for your marriage, I care not what a man's circumstances or time of life are, so long as he has his season, the love and friend ship of an affectionate and sympathizing wife, instate? him to say "Our Father we thank Thee for continuing our existence.  Please          Storer Rt. H named Mackenzie finds an easy road to my heart.

      As for myself, I have had no hemorrhage for nearly a year, and am looking well, but do not feel my old self by any means.  I am careful about getting ____ -- cant even? ____  by then get my seat, am thinking of a large general practice.

      You have been in Italy and in California and I do wonder how you can hesitate a moment to choose California.  Unfortunately? with your chidden on this side, you can bring them to our university.  I want you to come on your own responsibility, but I want you to come.

      ____ is very ill again.         to the news letter, has given up and is now a broker.  Could not your journal be started again and published here?  I think we will find as much work for you as you can manage to attend to, in your  condition.  I do not think that you want as much as you had in Boston.  No 3 is a boy a fair fellow looks like his mother elegant? eyes -- but my dear fellow lots of people are wanting and desiring ____  so I must stop.

      Mrs Mann? wishes to be kindly remembered.  Hoping soon to see you I present my kindest regards to Mrs Storer, and warmest wishes for yourself

                                    Your friend

                                          U?J? Mann

P.S.  I have no professional? engagements? - am working my way alone?.  If I felt sure of my lungs I would be ready for any kind of hard work - in af____  wish



[Ethel-October 1993]

19 Charlotte Square


                              Dec. 2nd 1876


My dear Dr. Storer

      I was very glad to hear from you again this morning.

      J?W? Bell is much pleased to have your paper, & you will receive ____ proofs in a few days.  I h____ how you ____ ____ ____

      Your friendly references in your London letter gave us much pleasure.

      I am hard at work in my new sphere, have a clan of 159, & a capital ____  of cases in my wards.

      Please give my kind regards to Mrs Storer, and the children?

                        Yours very amicu_?

                        D.[T.] Granger Stewart


[Ethel-October 1993]

              General Council of Medical Education & Registration

                             of the United Kingdom

                         315 Oxford Street, London, W.

                                    Decbr. 7 1876

My dear Sir,

      By a singular, (not, (I hoped) unfortunate) coincidence on the 5th inst., shortly before I received your letter of that same date, the Branch Medical Committee for England on consequence of your previous communication had already passed the following Resolution.

      "Resolved-That the name of Horatio Robinson Storer be placed upon the Register as "Doctor of Medicine (1853) of Harvard University, Boston."

      This Resolution must necessarily remain on the Minutes of the Branch council.

      But it is quite within your own option whether you will avail yourself of it or not.

      If, at any time, you should wish to do so, you will only have to give Notice at this Office, and your Name will be entered in the Medical Register on payment of the Statutable Fee of 2.L.

      I am truly concerned to hear that the  disagreement of the English Climate with your health renders your remaining among us doubtful.

      I sincerely hope this may prove to be as false alarm.

      Your Diploma & Testimonials shall be sent with this letter to the address given in your letter of Dec 5th  inst.

      If you should not be still staying there, your letter shall be  ____ and the Testimonials kept till we hear from you again.  Believe me

                        Yours sincerely

                                    Frank Hawkins Regtr.



[Countway - 1994]

      Many thanks for your_____ [torn card] interesting paper.

      Shall have the honour of seeing you on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the first Meetng at 53 Bemus St.

                              C. West [WEST, Charles, 1816-1898]

Feb 5, 1877 [London according to Countway label.]






                                    39 Chartwood St.


                                    7 Feby 1877

Dear Sir

      My letter appeared in the "Times"of 23 ult & in the Standard of 27th.  I have only one copy left which I send you, so perhaps when you have done with it you will kindly return it to me.  There is a leading article in the "Lancet" of 27th Ult. by the Sanitary Commission of that Journal & with the exception of their idea as to sleeping space, & proper ventilation in the dormitories of the bigger girls, it is very well written.  Considering the present state of the orphanage I shall be glad if the good Sisters give up taking babies, & convert the nursery into an Infirmary where we could treat any of the older girls.  At present there is no such place.  Although everything is quiet at present I am not sure but this question will be brought before the House of Commons during the incoming session.  There are one or two members of that honourable house who have what one would call "Nuns on the brain, a kind of mania.

      Thanks for our paper on "The Uterine Ebb" which I shall have much pleasure in reading carefully.

                  Yours faithfully

                  D. S. Macdonald



[Ethel-October 1993]

Addressed to Dr H.[missing part of envelope

               Mep[missing part of envelope




                              40 State Street:

                                    21 February  - 1877.

My dear Doctor:

      I sit down at length, after a delay which I trust your goodness will pardon, to reply to your letter of the 14/16 ultm.  I should say that there were two things mainly to be considered in making up you mind were to practice medicine; first, health, of yourself & wife, second, prospects, professional friends, &c.  In regard to the first, I am rather dispond to think that the climate of London will suit neither you nor Mrs Storer, but of this branch of the subject it is not for a layman like myself to offer an opinion.  If, however, my idea about it be correct, then California strikes me as the natural antithesis to London.

      Second: In regard to professional prospects & surroundings, you can of course judge infinitely better than I can; but there are two or three things that occur to me -

      1. London is to my thinking the most desirable place in the world to live in.  Were I not tied to Boston I should live in London.  You have there access to the best of everything: the press, society, especially of men, the best professional people, but,

      2. I an not, however, sure that it would be as agreeable for a man to practice law, still less medicine, in London, as in his own country, or on the continent.  In his own country he is anyone's equal; & virtually so on the continent, where, at least, he can be said to interfere with no one's vested rights.  In London there is doubtless a good deal of professional jealousy which you could not hope entirely to escape.  Were you to practice medicine there in a leisurely & dilettante way (which you probably wouldn't do, you know,) I should recommend your trying it.  But to undertake a campaigne, active practice, with rivalries, jealousies, &c. of men in your line, to worry you & stimulate you to exertion, does not seem to me advisable in your present state of health.

      My own idea for you, and I think I mentioned it to you on the beautiful Porch of our house at Ischia, is to go to San Francisco, living there in the winter, with a country house at Santa Barbara or San Diego or even San Jose.  You would, I think, enjoy California.  The  climate is invigorating, but not irritating to the lungs.  The society is Cosmopolitan, not at all like anything our side of the Alleghanies.  You would have things to a great extent your own way there, you won't be the great authority,  you could, if you found surgery too exhausting, pay special attention to pulmonary complaint, and find lots of patients who are sent out there from New England every year.  Then you are within a weeks' ride of your parents & sisters & brothers & sons.  I feel pretty sure you & Mrs. Storer would both like California.

      We had a magnificent consecration of our new Trinity Church on the 9th.  I is really a noble edifice & in its interior is by far the most ornate church in the U.S.

      I see your boys occasionally.  Frank seems to me quite well & strong, for him.  John is now hard at work, studying some? of an evening & I have only seen him at intervals.  He is doing first rate.  Mrs Gilmore seems very well.

      Give my kind regards to Mrs Storer & my love to Malcolm & the baby.

                  Ever sincerely yours

                                          John C. Ropes

Dr. Horatio R. Storer



[Ethel]                                   27 Dudley St. Boston Highlands

                                          Feb 25, 77

Dr. H.R. Storer

Dear Storer,

      I wrote you a long but hasty letter the other day which I hope has reached you, for there was much in it and in the pamphlets which went at the same time which I thing worthy of your attention just now, on your own account as well as mine.  I feel that of any credit which may be due from the introduction & success of animal vaccination in America, and now in England, you should have a share for you were the only man in Boston who stretched forth a strong and kindly hand in its aid and in mine.  The more I think of the good I could do in dear old England at the present time, and of how little physicians there can possibly know of my abilities to teach all about the new method of vaccination, the more I feel how much a good friend like yourself, who does know all about me can do towards a great end in the present emergency.  I have this day received a letter (the first) from Wartoment(?) of Brussels.  The letter, a very courteous one, does not impress me as that of a man who would sacrifice his own interests for the good of the profession & humanity, but of course this impression of mine may be very unjust to him.  His letter is in French as was mine to which it is an answer, & I don't know whether he knows English.  Depaul, I know, does not know one word of our language & I think Lurevix(?), who is not the right sort of man either, is no better fitted for _____ communication of his ideas & knowledge to an English audience.  The more I think of the possibility of an invitation from the English profession or Government, the less absurd does it seem.  It would be such a splendid reproof to Boston, to Bowditch, the Boards of Health and all hands here that I cannot bear to give up the hope.

      There is warrant, and a good precedent in such a step being taken in England.  Dr. Zabdul Boylston, who introduced inoculation in Boston quite independently of the inauguration of that practice in the Mother Country, who fought so hard & good(?) &, eventually, a winning fight against exactly the same miserable Spirit(?) in Boston with which I have had to contend & which I shall, in like wise, most assuredly vanquish; was, two years after the reluctance of Boston and Drs. Douglass & Dathende(?), the _____ _____ of the Doctors (of Medicine) of Boston, "had exiled him in disgrace as they supposed, under the official edict of the Justices of the peace and Selectmen of Boston, he received from Hans Sloan, Physician to the King & President of the Royal Society, an invitation to visit England and confer with the savans upon the subject of inoculation .  He accepted the invitation, & a year or two later, crossed the Atlantic.  His cordial reception by the leading physicians of London was a proud day for the contemned & vilified doctor.  He was received with the choicest literary circles, was introduced at Court, presented to the Royal family & elected a member of the Royal Society."  Dr Toner's "History of Inoculation in Massachusetts"  I have copied out all that is indicated by the quotation marks & there is a good deal more to the same effect.  Just think what a glorious treat it would be to your enemies & mine in Boston if any thing like such a history could, by & by, be written of a certain St. A. M.-- I would be quite willing to give two months of my time & more, if that were necessary, bear all the expense of the voyage & stay in London.  I have had offers, to accept which would bring me much money, and, by going, just now, to England, & opening just such an establishment as I have here, I might even make a fortune; but that is not my object now.  If I should be invited, I would do all without any regard to money & indeed with a certainty of losing money.  I should be glad and amply rewarded if an opportunity should be offered me to pour out freely and fully the ample fruits of a long, (life long almost) experience in a subject which I have always regarded as of more importance to humanity than any other in our profession.  Help me if you can and all that you can .                     Yours truly,



[Countway - 1994]

W. F. McNUTT, M.D.,

121 Montgomery St.

                              San Francisco, March 17th 1877

H.R. Storer, MD

  My dear Doctor-

      It is now several days since I received your letter.  I think you have had your share of accidents - and certainly hope that you have received your last.  You must have had(?) a terrible blow.  I hope it has not injured you personally.

      There is not much ne in the _____ here, the state medical society meets here in April it would have been a good time for you to have met the medical men of the state.

      Dr. Cole has just returned again from Europe, and I believe leaves here again soon.  is not to be here much for two years.  it leaves Dr Sever(?) the only one that make pretentions to the specialty of gynaecology.  Since Prof. Deane(?) his _____ broken.  There is a young man from Boston here who is expecting to _____ himself gynaecologist.  He has had the usual hospital experience.

      We have never had so much sickness here _____  any previous _____

      Are there any new instruments for vesico-vaginal fistulae?  Is Bozeman's case the best  I want a case

      _____ now to congratulate you on your _____ into the fellowship of the ablest and best practitioners of medicine and surgery (the graduates of the Medical schools of Great Britain) that at the present time claim the attention of the civilized world.

      I am in hope _____ _____ to hear _____ _____ _____ _____ _____

      Mrs McNutt sends here sympathy

_____  kind regards

                  your friend

                    WF McNutt

H.R.Storer, M.D.


[Countway - 1994] [letter could be to DHS, HRS is in Europe (Britain?)]

      Barstat NH

            Apr 15 1877

Doctor Storrer

      Dear Sir  I have a Patient which I wish you to see 'uterine trouble' and will you have her at your office or at some(?) privatge house in teh City?

      Please drop me a line - I will write the particulars when she goes to the City.


                              H B Fowler MD



[Countway - 1994]

W. F. McNUTT, M.D.,

121 Montgomery St.

                              San Francisco, July 27th 1877

H.R. Storer, MD

  My dear Doctor

      Your kind favor of the 17th inst. was duly received.  I was very glad to hear from you again.

      I do not know what you think of the _____ things here -- taken in the Gynaecological world - you will get all the news when you land at Mass. judging for your self.

      Marion Sims is here establishing his son in practice, but Dr. Scott and others tell me that he is also establishing himself.  He seems to have become disgusted with New York.  You will see the pamphlets Concerning.  He tells me that he is going east now, to return.  He has been delivering some lectures at the Toland(?) College and sees invitation(?) to _____ San Francisco University.  _____ this is a new department  I am unable now to grasp how it may effect our plans.  I suppose you like myself are kindly(?) prepared for such a move on the Medical chess board of the Pacific.  I will update(?) _____  as soon as you arrive how the _____  you.

      Mrs McNutt and babies are over at _____ _____ at present and are all well.

      We are passing through a reign of terror.  All night long we hear the tramp of citizen soldiers.  It reminds me of the old times in Boston of 61 and 62. So far we have not suffered much.  A few small fires.

      I am feeling pretty well and almost energy enough left to mae a bold start for New York City.  What think you?

            Your friend

W F McNutt




                                          Washington,  Oct 11 1877

H. R. Storer MD

      My dear Doctor

      I have thrown together some facts in your life which I wish you to take as a string on which to place events of note in your professional career.  I have no points after your return from California.  The accident that occurred to you & laid the formation of your bad health.  when you went to Europe.  When & how you spent your time abroad &c.  Please supply these.  Also correct the notes given as to your Professorship in Berkshire College.

      Correct & complete list of publications add to as your judgment suggests & rewrite the whole if you have the time.

      I have failed to get any response to letters addressed to Dr G.(S.?) N. Thompson of Boston who was with us to California.  I enclose in this a letter to him which please address to the care of some one who you might hope would _____ it to the Doctor.

      Please return your Sketch as soon as convt  am obliged

                  Yrs &c

                        J.M. Toner





                        Butler Hospital

                        Providence, R. I.  Oct. 29, 1877

Dear Doctor

      Yours of yesterday just rece.

      I have positive engagements which prevent my coming to Newport before Thursday morning.  Would come then if wanted but you had perhaps better telegraph for Dr Tyler at once.

      I am very sorry that I cannot leave and am very truly yours

                        John W. Sawyer




                              New York Nov. 6th '77

Dear Sir.

      You will oblige by giving me this information.  Can I, or we, enter your class on diseases of women commencing about the first of March as I am attending Bal. Med. Col and want to be out until that time.  I am a graduate of Cincinnati Coll. of Physicians and Surgery have been in practice for about three years.

      Please give me full information, what you teach, your manner of teaching, whether both didactically and clinically the clinically demonstrations if any and cost and oblige your fraternally

                                    H. McGrew

Adders me at 220 East 25th st N. Y.  [Did HRS resume his lectures?]





                              St. Louis Nov 13/77

Dear Sir:

      Yours of 28 ult., & pamphlet arrived in due time.  Please accept my sincere thanks.  I had heard your paper alluded to in high tenure of praise & was anxious to possess it.  I find it all its friends claimed, & more.  It contains the germ of an unveloped(?) truth most vital to the success of the obstetric surgeon.  I thank you for the idea, as well as the paper itself.

                        With much esteem

                              I am

                                    Your Obt. Servant

                                          S. B. Ransom

To  H. R. Storer M.D.

      Newport R.I.


[Countway - 1994]

                                    27 Dudley St

                                          Nov 17, 77

Dr. H.R. Storer

      Dear Doctor

            Many thanks for your kind note and the trouble you have taken to find some of the disputes schquire(?) of poor Waterhouse.  Your want of success only confirms that which everything else has already instructed me viz. that a noble, devoted able & most useful man was persecuted during his life by a clique of which you and I know a great deal, & the public shall yet know more than it does, and that the same malign influence has succeeded in committing his memory to oblivion even in the city of his birth & love (Newport).  I have to write a somewhat interesting sketch of the introduction of vaccn into America, the honor of which being indubitably and entirely Waterhouse.  The paper will be illustrated with facsimiles of letters of Jefferson & Gerner(?) & of the only engraved portrait of Dr W.  You will be perhaps interested to know that, although nearly 100 pages of the next vol of the Transactions of the Am Med Association will be taken up by my report on Animal Vaccn.  Another paper of mine which till take about 30 pages is accepted and that although a very large number of papers were rejected.  I am invited to deliver a paper before the Surgical Section next year & have accepted.  I must have accidentally forgotten the pewter or it may have miscarried.  I will send another specimen to you in a day or two.  I  hope that you are going to resume practice in Boston.  I know that it is not an agreeable place for a man to practice medicine in but that is the very reason why it is desirable that men should practice there

            yrs truly

                  Henry A. Martin






                                          Dec. 13 (31?) 1877

Dear Doctor,

            I send you the entire list of members &

Winslow Lewis  Deceased

Wm G. Wheeler  Chelsea

L. F. Warner  Boston

J.C. Sharp  54 Commonwealth Avenue Boston

H R Storer, M. D.  Should be Boston

Geo H. Bixby 143 Boyslston St.

S L Dutton 22 Dartmouth St

H M Field Newton

P(?) L Sullivan Malden

B. F. Campbell East Boston

E A Perkins 5 Rutland Square

J. H. Warren Resigned

John G Blake Resigned

E H Weston East Cambridge

H A Mortin 27 Dudley Street

E Cutter 10 Roseland St North Cambridge

J(?). H. Hazelton Grantville

W.W. Dow Somerville

Geo P Greeley Nashua N.H.

Frank E Bundy 402 Columbus Av

J.K. Kenneston Cambridgeport

Bruce(?) J Hunt 242 Washington St

S B Holbrook 184 W Brookline St

O.G. Ross, Revere Mass.

J G Pinkham Lynn

      Dr. W. L. Brown: Name does not appear on the book So I do not know whether he is a member or not.

[added note] Dear Doctor

      I do not find the paper on Arsenical Atmosphere in the London Lancet.  I have looked them over quite carefully.  We are all well, &c.  The blackboard and easel are in the storeroom.  In blrm of Hotel Pelham.

Now Dear Doctor Cant you when come up to the meeting go home with us and stay all night. bring Mrs. Storer & little honey bunch with you.  I have lots to say to you when I see you.

            Very truly yours in hope

                  L.F. Warner


[Countway - 1994]

                                    106 Halsey St

                                          Newark N.J.

                                                Dec 22/ 77

Prof H. R. Storer

            Dear Doctor

                  Pardoning my trespass if such you consider a strangers letter, I beg with all professional sincerity, the information which it is your privilege to give or not.

      So far as your writings are contained in the 7(?) Vols. of the Boston Gynaecological Journal, Prof Simpsons works (American Edition) and the three little gems published by Lee & Sheppard, I am happily the much profited possessor, and indeed have secured without exception, I beleive, all American books, pamphlets, Journal articles &c favorably mentioned in your writings.

      So pleased have I ever been with your professional life-photographed in every line you have ever written, that I desire most earnestly to know if you have published anything not contained in the above mentioned works, if if so, how, or through whom I may possibly secure the same?  Granting the information I crave, you may beleive me your much obliged Servant

                              T Naylor Bradfield

As a reference I would state that I am a graduate of College of Phys & Surgeons N.Y. (See Prize Essay '72) a member of City, County\ & State Medical Societies and a frequent visitor (by kindness of Dr Emmet) at the Tuesday Operations done in the Womans Hospital N.Y. City.




In closing up the Old Year,

      And making things all strait;

Things which are left unfinished,

Should be done at any rate.


These sample cards for the Dr.

      Think were promised long ago;

But time flies off so quickly,

      As all New Yorkers know;


That one cries "Time what is it!

      As away from us twill steal;

It is, it was, tis here, tis gone,

      This every one must feel!


May we so improve it on the wing

      As it takes such rapid strides

That we may never feel we've lost it

      Then life with us subsides!


Now a hearty wish for the Doctor

      And his good wife & child;

That child which we all think lovely,

      She's so gentle & so mild.


May your holidays which are passing

      And the one which is to come;

To you all be fraught with pleasure,

      Though they may be sad to some;


And if we welcome in the New Year

      May it be blessed by Heaven;

While we bid farewell to the closing one,

      of eighteen seventy seven!


Now if the Doctor should not know,

      What all these greetings mean;

Or who can have had this pleasure

      It plainly can be seen.


For tis from a friend and neighbor,

      Who for the winter went away;

And the Doctor'll be exclaiming,

      Is it Mrs Kendall pray?

            Dec. 31st 1877.

[Received from New York, Jan 1st 1878.  Reply on next page.]


That slightest doubt of who she was, by any could be held,

When every line for sense & point so cleverly excelled.

How worthy seems of Gotham's dame, towards whom in friendship tend all

Why! every elm that shades her house in whisper tells, "We've ken''d all."


We feel aggrieved that to us all the fates have been insistent,

Since on the train, & when in town*, "So near" but proved "so distant."

But send the wish that as your home in port and york is ever New.

So may the years as past they fly, ring new and happy changes too.


Now lest you think by any chance that this is papa's letter,

Or else that mamma tried her hand, with easier rhyme and better,

I'll e'er confess with many a kiss, before my strength is spent, oh

Dear; Oh dear Mrs. Kendall, tis I, the little by way of Sorrento.

And lest before we meet again I lose my baby ways,

I find within my very self,** as every body says.

                  2 Jan 1878.

* Mrs K. was on the train with Agnes & F. when they came back from Boston, without either knowing it, & came for a moment to her house, but had to go directly back to New York.

** photograph.


[Countway - 1994]

                              Knoxville Tennessee

                                    Feb. 9th 1878

Horatio R. Storer M.D.

Dear Doctor.  Your letter of the 29th ultimo with accompanying favors was duly received & would have been answered sooner but for waiting till our society would meet that I might read to them that portion of your letter referring to your gynecological Society & have something more to say to you.  First I wish to thank you kindly for very important discernments, including the Lectures of Rev. A. Cook.  They have been of great service to me & I'm very much obliged indeed.  Our society heard my paper, I had rather hastily prepared, last night, in which I quoted HR Storer in extenso.  Comments favorable & I was solicited to send it to Bill - Ed. Sanitarian for publication but I'm somewhat under obligation s to D. G. Brinton Ed. Phila. Med'l & surg'l Reporter, & expect to send it to him as soon as I can have time to correct &c.  I enclose a proof sheet of a paper I had published 5 or 6 years ago.  As it was with you in _____ing(?) "Why Not," this is the only copy I have.  Wish I had a more decent one.  If you wish you can use it as a small contribution to your Society.  In the location of the "Anal Stick"(?) as described in the operation reported, and the mechanical purposes indicated & described I claimed originally to have failed in my reading to find any thing similar in description or location of stick prior to the publication of my paper.  Goodell of Phila. in his lectures since then recommends the advantage of the stick being placed far back but I fail to see any explanation of its mechanical advantage as given in my paper.

                  Yours sincerely   A. B. Tadlock [Alexander B TADLOCK]



                                    Chicago, Ill.

                                          Febry 19/78

My Dear Sir,

      I received in Philadelphia both your letters & the _____ of the Gaz. _____ I had lent you.  I regret that I have no book or paper to give your for the library of the Gynaecological Society.  My books are out of print & as regards the separate prints of my papers, they are in Paris or London.

      Thanking you for your kind invitation to visit you at Newport & regretting to be unable to accept it

                  I remain Yours very truly,

                        C. J. Brown-Se'quard




                              85 Madison Ave

                              Feb 25th 1878

Dear Doctor Storer

      I was most happy to receive your letter and to know that you are again on this side of the Atlantic but I am very sorry to learn that you have not fully regained your health.  I am under the greatest pressure of work with some very serious cases now weighing me down and more than 30 unanswered letters on my table and as I must make my answers very brief I am entirely in accord with your wishes as to the importance of Gynecological teaching but in reality I have only a nominal connection with the College.  The Faculty insist on my remaining with them although I have not time for attending their meetings and never do.  But they always flatter me by consulting me on everything that is proposed and my general answer is, "you must do what you thing best and count my vote with the majority."  The chair of Gynecology was created for Peaslee at my suggestion, because he had the Woman's Hospital for clinical demonstration.  I have not heard a word from any member of the Faculty in regard to the future of this Chair.

      I have had six letters from friends of mine, one a resident of this city, the others being Professors in other colleges, who are anxious to become resident of this city  asking my influence to secure their appointment  The Annual Meeting of the Faculty and Trustees is in April, before which I shall send all these letters to the Dean, and leave it for the Faculty to decide.  I am quite certain that the Faculty will solicit my opinion, as they always do but I never volunteer it for I have not the time to do the requisite work to make myself well informed as to what is the best policy of the College.

      The policy of Bellevue is to give the best Clinical Instruction.  I am quite sure that no one will have the chair who cannot bring a clinical field in addition to what Lusk now has, and Lusk will be very glad to have the College strengthened by such a man.

      I will when I can get time, send for your library quite an addition to the number (I do not say value) of my brochures, but tonight I can only add two.  Let me see you when you visit New York.

                  Yours Sincerely

                              Fordyce Barker



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                                    b1 Wampole St(?)


                                          Feb(?) 25, 1878-

Dear Dr. Storer.

      Thank you very much for your kind letter.  There was a meeting of Governors of the Children's Hospital on the 29th of January.  I was overwhelmed with the most scurrilous abuse by Mr. Walker, & was _____ _____ at a packed _____ _____ _____ _____ people, at which _____ was ask(?)about the hospital.  So as far as I can see my public life is _____.

      I congratulate you on beginning _____ again, but you are _____  twenty years my junior.

      I will _____ in _____ of what you _____ about your library.

      Please give my best compliment to Mrs Storer; with love to the little Miss

            Believe me yours truly

                        Charles West




                  United States Commission, Fish and Fisheries

                        Spencer F. Baird, Commissioner

                              Washington, March 6, 1878.

Dear Sir,

      I would hardly like to venture an interference in the matter of the capture of lobsters, as the subject is one in which I am hardly competent to advise.  I would suggest your conferring with Johnson, the great lobster dealer in Boston, who will doubtless advise you judiciously, being interested in keeping up the supply, probably not concerned with any Canning establishment.  I will, however, endeavor to give more special attention to this matter with a view of having data at command for coming to satisfactory conclusions.  I do not at present see any thing better than the restriction as to size & the imposition of some penalty for destroying specimens below the standard.

                  Yours truly.

                  Spencer F. Baird


Dr.Horatio R. Storer.

      Newport, Rhode Island



[Dickinson College Library]

                  United States Commission, Fish and Fisheries

                        Spencer F. Baird, Commissioner

                              Washington, April 9, 1878.

My Dear Dr Storer:

      I am duly in receipt of  your letter of the 6th of April in reference to the mawls, & beg to say that the one I use most is about 12 feet in the beam & about 30 in length.  This, however, requires pretty powerful apparatus to work it.  You can have them made any size you please.  They are constructed by the American Net & Twine Co, 43 Commercial St. Boston.  You need give yourself no trouble about ordering one of a give beam, as the Co. understands all about their construction.  A mawl with an 8 ft. beam could easily be worked from a yacht of 10 or 15 tons.  Dredges you will best see at Alex Agassiz's laboratory in Newport.  Our small boat dredges are about 20 inches long by 6 inches wide, the net about three feet long.  These nets are also made by the American Net & Twine Co.

      Although by the kind assistance of our Samuel Powel, we have most of the Newport fishes yet every year thre are stragglers coming in that have not been procured before, & any service in this direction will be duly appreciated.  Mr. Powel can in all cases advise you whether a given species is represented in the specimens he has sent us.

      I am much obliged to you for referring to your father's misapprehension in regard to myself & the Institution.  Will you most earnestly assure him that we have never received in Washinton, from himself, a single copy of his report made to the American Academy, the the two which I use (one at the Smithsonian, one at my house) I purchased from Little & Brown at a cost of something above ten dollars each, & that the Library of the Smithsonian Institution as distinct from that of the Fish COmmission, does not possess the work at all.  I have always had the kindest feelings towards your father, & fully recognize the eminent & extraordinary service rendered by him to the science of ichthyology.  I have repeatedly had occasion to call attention to the extent of his labors & the thoroughness of his work at a time when the modern facilities for securing rarities, viz; traps, pounds, gill-nets, etc. were not available.  It is only by diligent labor for a period of six or eight years, with all the assistance just mentioned, that I have secured the greater part of the species mentioned by him as belonging to Massachusetts, although there are even yet one or two species which I have not obtained.  Will you not kindly communicate, if you think proper, this assurance on my part & say at the same time that I should have sent him my reports long since, but that I heard he had lost his interest in ichthyology in his devotion to his profession.  On receiving his address in Boston, I will at once forward my report & some ichthyological papers.

                        Yours truly,

                        Spencer F. Baird

Dr. Horatio N.[sic] Storer

Newport R.I.



[Ethel-October 1993]

                                Boston 70 Common Ave.

                                     April 11th '78


My dear Horatio-

     I do not know was the name of the tomato you referred to, but we have had at & from John's a kind we liked, it is more shaped like an apple than a tomato thin skinned and but little waste to it and not as watery as many kinds.  I asked John what kind it was - he says "Boston Market Tomato."  Hovey in his catalogue says "Boston Market.  Extensively cultivated for the Boston market and highly valued for its earliness and other qualities. is also mentioned as "General Grant."  Remarkably smooth symmetrical and solid.  There has been a great improvement in late  years in the tomato varieties.  Grandfather in the later years of his life bought his plants started instead of planting seeds thought he gained time and was more sure of plants and seed did not always come up.  I see in Hovey's catalogue it says they are sometimes transplanted a second time so that the plants may be stocky and branching.  If your garden is small I should think you would hardly have room for           as they branch off so they require to "stand two and a half feet apart each way"  Beside I think an objection where there is a young child the plant is so viscid and sticky an adult has hard work to keep her dresses clean when near them and sometimes does not wash out easily. John thought as it seemed to me it was full late to start tomatoes from seed and that it would be better for you to purchase young plants.

     I think nasturtiums running on a fence of bank are beautiful.  I am very fond of them and they appear to me like a saline atmosphere.  I never saw any grow more luxuriantly than they do at Gloucester.  Beside the old nasturtium there quite a variety the nurseries have grown from cuttings which go more to flowers then green.  Another vine I saw all along Lake Ann growing thriftily was the Madeira Vine which takes little room for the show and in your Newport climate would not be touched by Old Jack until November.  Before we left Chauncey St. we had one and the tubers lived out all winter and came up summer after summer and blossomed until late in October.  We think a great deal of Scarlet Sage .  In our large garden we always put out two and last fall had flowers from them even in November also from two fall Chrysanthemums.  In your moist atmosphere I would think sweet peas would do well. We in the city have too much reflection from bricks .

     My love to Mrs. Storer and Agnes and Malcolm. Hope we shall see them this spring.  Aunt Lizzie sends love.  With yours affectionately   Aunt Katie   

                                                Boston 70 Common Ave.

                                                      April 11th '78




                        Edward W. Jenks, M.D.

                        84 Lafayette Ave, Detroit

                        Apl 29th [1878? Identify when Buffalo was AMA site.]

Dear Doctor Storer

            I was much gratified by seeing in one of the Medical Journals, some two months ago, a notice that you had returned to your native country.  I further observed that you were to make Newport your home in the future.  I trust that you are in better health and able to do much in the interests of gynecology.  I should have written to you before this, as I intended doing so immediately upon seeing the article I refer to, but I was taken ill & have been confined to my house unable to do any work from that time until the present.  I am able to do but very little at this time of writing this letter, only a limited amount of office practice & a portion of my correspondence.  I am gaining strength & hope to be at work as usual in a short time.  I was exhausted with the work of the _____ & then being attacked with malarial fever I have been most completely disabled.

      Now my dear Doctor, I trust you will be able to attend the meeting of the American Medical Association which convenes as you probably know in Buffalo the 4th of next June.  I am Chm of the obs. Sec. & am particularly desirous of having the work done by that portion of the Assoc. reflect credit upon the obstetricians & gynecologists of the U.S., which you know some years as not been the case.  Bender(?) descing(?) your presence, I hope you will be able to contribute a paper.  If you are not able to be present please send me a paper.  Can you do this?  Dr. Parvin, Byford, Reamy, Munde & a number of others have given positive promises.  I have partial promises from Dr. Barker & Taylor of N.Y. & others whose names escape me at this moment.

      Hoping my dear Doctor, to obtain the desired response form you in regard to a paper & with kindest regards I am as ever

                  Faithfully yours

                        E. W. Jenks





                                    16 2nd St.


                                          April 30th 1878

Dear Doctor

      Your kind Postal found a sick Doctor in bed.  I am truly grateful for your kind invitation & would gladly accept & come to you as soon as any one I know of, but I feel at present unequal to a journey of any kind & then my dear good fellow I feel that it would be too much of an infliction upon your kind heart & upon other members of your household &c.  I hope with care to get over this cough & gather up strength &c so as to go into the harness again & work the best I can the residue of toil which the future may have in store for me &c, &c.

      I am sorry that I can not meet with the Gynecological Society on Thursday next, but I have no doubt but that you will have a pleasant gathering & be enable to work in the spirit of "newness of life in the bond of peace" &c, &c.

      I think that our Society has a fair field to accomplish a good work & to the younger members it will be of great service &c, &c.

      My dear Doctor I would like to talk with you for an hour upon matters & things in  in our profession &c &c

      Remember me kindly to your wife &c.

                        I am sincerely,

                              Wm G. Wheeler



[Countway- 1994]


Dr. B. F. Beardsley.

                        Binghamton, N.Y., May 6th 1878.

Horatio R. Storer M.D.

      Newport R. I.

                        Dear Sir

In the Summer of 1869 I attended your Course of Lectures on the Surg'l Diseases of Women.  I have recently had the misfortune to lose the Certificate of Attendance in & your photograph which you gave me - by a fire -  I write to ask if you will be so kind as t duplicate it for me.  If you will send me another, I will pay charges if any and by so doing you will confer a very great favor.

      Will you not give another similar course soon

      Awaiting your early reply I remain Most Truly Yours, B. F. Beardsley.




                                    Nashville May 20, 78

Dear Doctor Storer

      Many thanks for yours on Water Works.  I hope to make good use of it in my next Report which will be published in the Autumn and of which I shall send you a copy.

      Truly yours

      J. Berrien Lindsley






                              TREASURER'S OFFICE,

                                          Lansing, Michigan,

                                                May 22, 1878.

Horatio R. Storer, M.D.

Newport, R.I.

Dear Doctor:  Your letter of the 8th April and the postal and papers I_____ have been thankfully received.  I am exceedingly glad to hear that your State has a State Board of Health, and I earnestly hope it may get started in its work under good auspices and in right directions.  You did not say whether you are on the Board.  I would like to get in communication with its Secretary as soon as there is such an officer, and will be duly thankful if you will send me his name and P. O. address.

      I say Dr. Hitchcock not long since and gave him your kind messages of regards.  He seemed pleased to hear from you and to reciprocate the compliment.

      In response to your request, I can sen to your Society in Boston such of our documents as may be of interest to such a Society.  Perhaps there might be something in our Reports of the State Bd. of Health, such as Dr. Hitchcocks paper on "Criminal Abortion" and in our reg. reports on Vital Statistics in Mich, that would be useful.  If you think so, please drop me a postal given full p.O. address of proper person to receive them in Boston, and I will send them, and such other pamphlets etc, as may come to my hand in any way likely to be acceptable.

      Accept my thanks for your polite invitation to see you if I visit Newport.  It would give me pleasure to meet you, and it is possible I may visit Newport though I now see no prospect of doing so.

      If you come west, to some of the meetings of Associations or for any purpose, it will give me pleasure to see you here.

      Very Respectfully,

                  Henry B. Baker



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                                          Lonsdale R. I.

                                                June 18, 1878

Dr. H. R. Storer

      Dear Sir:

      I have just written to the Secretary of the Cal. State Medical Society acknowledging the receipt of the diploma which you have so kindly delivered.   Accept my thanks.

                  Lucius F. C. Garvin [1841-1922]




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     T. L. Mason, M.D., President.        T. D. Crothers, M.D., Secretary

                              SECRETARY'S OFFICE,

                              Hartford, Conn., June 25th 1878

Dr. H. R. Storer

      Newport, R.I.

      My dear Doctor:  Many thanks for your newspaper letters on drainage.  They should have a wider circulation.

      Our association meets in Boston Sept. 10, 1878.  I wish you could prepare a paper showing the relation of inebriety to bad drainage and poor ventilation, a subject that no one has discussed in this country.  We are satisfied that this is a very important phase untouched so far.

      Hoping you may have time for this subject, I remain

            very truly yours

                        T.D. Crothers

PS  I hope you have received the "Quarterly Journal of Inebriety"

                                          July 17 1878

My dear Dr.

      I always had a feeling of affectionate respect for you, and often argued with them who considered you rather inclined to decisive measures.  "Wait a little

"He is earnest now, perhaps,

"too much &c. but he

"sees sharply, & sometimes imperfectly, but he has a solid basis of honesty.  Wait a little, treat him kindly, not roughly, and out of that Storer blood will come a noble man."  That is what I have said even which I "felt mad" at your outbursts.  I have said so behind your back & after your last note I feel I must say it to you openly.  My dear Dr I thank God in thinking of you, that it has been my good fortune to meet one or two men, later your self, who were not afraid to say "your souls are your own," and that "by the Eternal" there souls should not be hindered from bold expression of those souls' cherished opinions.  The majority (Oh! what a vast majority) of men are essentially sneaks, afraid to be improvident, even in a noble cause.  Therefore I honor those who "cry aloud & spare not" when they think they are right, and the cause of others is risked by their silence.  But I honor also the sweet spirit shown in your last.  My dear Dr., I will not say that you could not appeal in a suitable manner to the M M S members to change their position[find out this position!], But I will affirm that I believe 99 in 100 would still hold to the opinion that the treatment of our delegates by the A M A at Washington, as inaugurated by yourself and Sullivan, was highly indecorous, not to say insulting.  Still further, I will add that that action, notwithstanding the insult as I believe it was, goaded our Society to do one of the most unfortunate of acts, viz., expel all homeopathists, thus making martyrs, in the eyes of the public, of men godly or knaves, as I believe all implicit followers of Hahnemann are.  We have made a sect of them and have thus perpetuated them indefinitely, were, as, if each one of us had done as I have done, for twenty or twenty-five years viz., simply refused to meet with them while at the same time treating them like gentlemen (even if they not such) the whole of them and of their coctrines would have gradually been brought back into the profession there to do as much good and as little evil as, in the nature of things would naturally spring from such a system as theirs.

      Have you read Dr Ross in the June number of the London Practitioner?  If not, pray do so and you will see views similar to mine, brought out in that extensively circulated & able journal.

      Well dear Dr. I finish as I began.  Keep me always as one, who loves and respects you & whether you agree with me or not, I do not care a farthing.  In fact I think the world would be a humdrum place if all thought alike.

            Sincerely yours

                  Henry I Bowditch

PS This is my wedding day, 40! years ago!  Phoebus what an old fellow I feel I am rapidly becoming.





                                    52 Queen St.?


                                    25 Oct 78

My Dear Dr. Storer,

      It is long now since we have met, though had I known that you were in Edinb. some two years ago, I would have made a point of cutting(?) for your house(?) as however you remember me, especially as you were so knew as recommended me to the house of bury as honorary member of the Gynaecological Society of Boston.  Though a very unworthy one, and therefor I take the liberty of asking a favour from you.  I was lately at the Lachland Stewarts shop (the Medical Bookseller) she told me that had he had Dr Hamiltons library in his hands he could have sold many of the works to American medical men who were generally looking out for scwin work.

      It occurred to me therefore that I should send some catalogues to the United States.  My difficulty is that I do not know the proper parties to whom to send them, either the librarian of some of the medical Libraries, or teachers and the object of my writing is to ask you whether you can assist me in this matter.

      Have you a catalogue of which shows suil about 50 to my nephew in New York and if you can either give him some names of persons or places whom to sent then or the name of any in New York who could assist him in this matter, I should be obliged.  He has got a letter to Prof luck and by this mail I am requesting him to call for Dr Pal & Munde .  If you know Dr Mud, I should be obliged if you would send him a note, requesting hi to assist my nephew if he can.  I hope you will excuse my taking this liberty.

      What final changes have since we had to meet at 52.  I am one of the few left & soon my place will be vacant here.  I am labouring made many of the information of old age, though still able for a certain amount of work.  Let us be thankful that there is a Best beyond provided through the unshakable love your Father in Christ Jesus.  The many infirmities of age seem set to us to remind us that here is not our vict, but that we ought to be looking on Above.

      I hope you are keeping well _____ both in Body and Soul, and well know refout I s my dear Doctor

      yours very truly

                        W.(?) Simpson

My nephew address is

W W hoir Esq

c/o Bacon, Baldwin & co

90 franklin St.

New York




                        Salem Washington Co

                        New York, Jan 15, 1879

My dear Dr. Storer:

      I cannot resist the impulse to note how startled I was the other day, on the reception from some posthumous friend of yours-(?) of a "Sketch of the Life of Horatio R. Storer, M.D."  I never so fully appreciated the force of tense in grammar as when I read "is the son" etc., instead of the sadly anticipated was the son of.  The little word proved a veritable resurrection and my dear Dr. S. was the subject of fresh salutations.

      He seems hard to burry physically or professionally - and so long may he live and flourish sums(?) and not _____!

      I shall at once endeavor to add your valuable papers to the material which I am seeking for on the relations of uterine diseases to insanity.  I am obliged to you for not having died, and for your courtesy, but I beg your indulgence while I note the fact that a pretty free run among the publishers develops(?) less literary resources than I had anticipated, and also the fact that you are the recognized authority, on the bibliography of the subject as well as an original writer by several of our leading publishers Chas Lee, Binton and one or tho others who kindly offer to introduce me!

      I am looking among the works devoted to the general subject of insanity.  A friend now visiting me, a prominent member of the N.Y. Medico Legal Society, insists that I give him a paper on the subject next month and I prepare, at least, a brief resume of the matter, adding my own personal experience & views.

      You certainly will need no introduction to this distinguished Society, but it will give me pleasure to recognize your eminent labors in this direction.  The subject is still heated contentuously in certain prominent quarters.  I shall be under great additional obligations for any hints where I may find the subject treated by others besides yourself.  I go to Newark next week, & can there avail myself of all such information in hand.

      You have been so kind to me always Dr. S. that I feel reluctant to trouble you, but I know how kindly you sympathize with those who are trying to get on by legitimate work in the same field, even though they are only crumb gatherers.

      I am just writing "5 Causes of blood poisoning in pregnancy during 1878" under my observation as consultant.

      Mercury 16 below zero this A.M. magnificent sleighing.

            Very truly yours

                  John Lambert




Office of J.D. Mitchell, M.D.

Jacksonville, Fla, Feb 28th 1879.

Dear Doctor Storer

      Yours of the 18th ult is at hand.  I am pleased to hear from you again, & that you are still able to continue your noble work.  It has been a long time since I heard from you.  How is your health now.  I think Dr. Alba is the best physician in St Augustine.  I shall be pleased to do anything in my power for your son after his arrival here.  If he would let me know by what conveyance & when he will be here I will meet him.

      I shall be pleased to hear from you at any time, & if I can serve you in any way, command me.

                        Yours sincerely & fraternally

                              J. D. Mitchell





                                    Lynn, Feb 28, 1879

My dear Dr.

      Would you kindly send me by return mail one or two copies of the Constitution of your Sanitary Association.  I am trying to get one started here but it goes hard.  Have called a meeting for next Tuesday evening.

                  Yours Sincerely

                  J. G. Pinkham

Prof H. R. Storer M.D.





                                    16 2nd St


                                          March 16th 79

Dr. H. R Storer

            Dear Sir

I have been on my bed about five weeks with a Carburate(?) of the lower part of the spine or sac_____  &c

      I am now up & about but weak & my friends all say I must go off & take time to rest.  I now hope to be able to take a steamer which sails from N.Y. City on the 20 of the present month & hope to regain strength by the sea voyage, the change of climate, the rest from the perplexities of our profession.

      I hope to regain so as to return in June or July next.

      I regret the necessity which calls for this change but when I think of what you had been called on to pass through by way of sickness, I feel that I ought not to complain.

      We hope to arrive in San Francisco about the middle of April (Mrs(?) Wheeler goes with me).  We shall as we have friends at the "Sick Home" San Francisco, & I shall be glad to hear from you & letters directed to the Care of this service(?) will reach me when I arrive there &c &c

      On my return I hop to visit(?) & any thing I can do for you in California I shall be most happy to render you or your friends &c.

      My kind regards to our wife to your sons hoping you may be blest with health

                              I am sincerely

                                    your friend

                                    Wm G. Wheeler


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                                    Newton Centre,

                                    March 17th 79

      H. R. Storer, M.D.

            Dear Sir,

                  Shall I include this list of unpronounceable names in the report of our last meeting as having been voted upon favorably, -- the first three having been raised form Corresponding to Honarary and the last nine to Corresponding membership?  Not being familiar with your, chirography it will be difficult to copy from this list.  Will ti be too much trouble for you to transcribe and return to me, if it is necessary to incorporate it in the next report, which I am preparing for Dr. Field.

      Please accept thanks for your monograph on the "Uterine Ebb".  I have read it with profit and pleasure.

                  Very resppectfully yours,

                        R. P. Loring, M.D.

H. R. Storer, M.D.

Newport, R.I.




                              1811 Spruce St.

Dear Doctor,

            Many thanks.  Data received.

                  Very truly yours

                        William Pepper






                                    Lynn, Mar 23, 1879

Dear Doctor:

      Will it do for me to keep the book two or three weeks?  I am soon to attempt the writing of an address in furtherance of our scheme,[sanitary association--See feb 28 letter] and would like to have that at hand to quote and steal from.  If not wanted very much I should like to retain it for the present.  Many thanks for the loan.

            Yours truly

                  J.G. Pinkham


[Countway - 1994]

Windsor Hotel

5th Ave. 46th St. New York

Hawk, Waite & Wetherbee.

                  Mch. 14 '79

Dear Dr. Storer,

      Will you please return, with your opinion upon enclosure - I still think we better accede to the terms proposed.

      Its (the letter's) dispatch from Newton has made additional delay.  Please address me at "St. George" Hotel, Phila.: Shall be there till next Friday morn.  Then leave for home.

      Ross writes me by postal that he sent to you the explanation of his conduct he otherwise, sh'd have sent to me.  What does he say?

      Hope you had a good meeting last time.

      (In haste)

                  Henry M. Field [Henry Martyn, 1837-1912]


[Countway - 1994]

Windsor Hotel

5th Ave. 46th St. New York

Hawk, Waite & Wetherbee.

                  Mch. 30(?) 1879

Dear Dr. Storer,

      I am sure I wrote you that I sent the Ms. of y'r Annual Address to Dr Warren etc etc & I write now simply to say that, up to date, I have not heard a word from him.

      Will you please report this at next meeting or the Soc. may think I have been derelict in the matter.

      One thing requested of you & this by yrself I regret to say, in the pressure of business which followed the last meeting, in my effort to get to N.Y., I forgot to do: & this wi give you a list of members.  & Corresp., added to our lists thro' the year.  Will attend to that at early date after reaching home-

      Trust you will be able to be at next meeting.  Dr. Loring will serve as Sec. pro temp.  I have sent him, for the Soc., a brief communication embodying some of my observations of gynaecologic work in N.Y.

      I am haveing a "grand run" of facilities here.

                  Yours Faithfully

                        Henry M. Field [Martyn - 1837-1912]



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After May 1st   19 Lafayette Place

                              New York, April 16th 1879

      Dear Doctor:-

            About June 1st it is my intention to publish the inital number of a weekly journal to be devoted to sanitary science, in all its branches.  My object in acquainting you with the fact is to solicit your cooperation in a matter in which I believe you take a deep interest, and to ask for occasional contributions from your pen for this publication.

      The title will probably be the "National Health Bulletin," although upon that I have not as yet fully decided; and it will be issued weekly, each number to consist of 8 large quarto pages of 3 columns each.  It is hardly necessary for me to say that it will be conducted strictly as a publication of the highest character.

      May I beg a few moments of your time, at your earliest convenience, to reply to this, & to let me know if I may count upon your cooperation in the matter.  I should also be much pleased to receive any suggestions from you.

            Very truly yours,

                  Edward J. Bermingham [Edward John,  1853-1922]





                                    Atlanta Ga

                                    April 17th  79

Horatio R. Storer, M.D.

      My dear Dr.

            Your highly esteemed favor of the 12th inst has just reached me and in reply I have today, that it will afford us much pressure to find you every possible consideration _____ the arrangement of the "Programme" which has not yet been finished and like yourself, a number of other _____ _____ layer giving the usual _____ and you will therefore be at no disadvantage.

      We have the prospect of a _____ and interesting meeting and _____ shall greatly regret if anything unpleasant should prevent your attendance.  Hoping to see you fairly soon dear Sir

                        Yours respectfully

                              Joseph P. Logan

                              49 Washington






                        Michigan State Board of Health

                              Lansing, April 18, 1879

Horatio R. Storer, M.D., LL.B.,

      Cor. Sec. Sanitary Protection Assn.

            Newport, Rhode Island,

                  Dear Sir:

                        Please accept thanks for the pamphlet stating objects of the Newport Sanitary Protection Association.  With regard to the slip enclosed in it, asking for "books, reports 7 "relating to sanitary mattes, and the public health, I would be glad to know whether it is desired that I have a set of the Reports of our Board and Documents issued by it, collected and sent you for the library of the Association.  I will gladly do so if it is desired.

            Very respectfully,

                  Henry B. Baker, Secretary

If convenient will you kindly send me another copy of the "Sanitary Protec. Assoc. pamphlet.  I wish it for my own private library.

                        Yours H.B.B.

I send you copy of paper with account from recent meeting.




                                    New Bedford Mass

                                          April 30th 1879

Mu dear Dr:

      Your kind letter came to us this morning.  Many thanks for same.  I regret very much that I did not have time to make a call before I left, but this summer I shall be in Newport quite frequently.  We are getting on here as well as can be expected.  We have a fine pretty boy, born on Valentines Day.  I am glad that I have so fine a man to fill my vacancy.  I told him to be sure and call upon you.  We both wish you and yours a happy summer.  Mrs. Winslow joins me in remembrances to Mrs. Storer.

                        Truly your friend

                              George F. Winslow

Dr. H R Storer

Mass(Main?) Bank Newport R.I.



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                        Cambridgeport, June 6 /79

My dear Storer

      Your note of the 26 ult was forwarded to me here.

      I have sent it to a friend in New York with this request to furnish you with what you desire.

      Success to your efforts

            Truly yours

                  James C. Carter


Dr. Mack

Residence, Yates St.


Springbank, 12 o'clk & 4, P.M.

Pendergast Buildings, St. Paul St.

10 A.M. & 3 P.M.                          St. Catharines, Ont.

                                          July 26 1879

My dear Dr

            The Canada Med Association will meet at London Ont on 3d Sept.  Come to me on 1st and we shall go on together to the meeting and then en route for home you can stay a while longer

                        Yours always

                              Theos Mack

HR Storer Esq MD



                  Harvard College Library

                  Cambridge, Mass.,

                  Core Hall, Jun 29 1879

Dear Doctor

      The sketch of your life just recd. prompts us to arrange your _____ publications & finding; and I find we have:--

1850  Fishes of Nova Scotia

1855  Elm Tents ...

1857  Treatment of Vaginal Fistula

1859  Crim. Abortion

1863  Dilatation of the Os ...

      Studies of Abortion

1864  Med. Management of insane women.

1866  Removal of womb

1869  Fiat Juntitia ...

      Ovariotomy &c

1872  Mutual relations ...

1877  Uterine Ebb

      It seems to be there must be other to complete the series.  If so, could you furnish them?

            Very truly

            Justin _____

Dr. H. R. Storer


            10 Feb. 1879

      Sent in addition

1863  Eutokia

1864  Relations of Fem. parts to hosp for ins.

1866  Report to Amer. Med Ass. of Deleg &c

1866  Clamp shield-NY Med Rec  Oct. 1866.

1867  Decrease of Rate of Increas

1868  Nurses & Nursing

  "   Double Ovar, Can Med Jnl

  "   Removal of H S Pessary NY Med Rec July 1868

1875  Southern Italy

1877  Advant. Solfatara



                          KENTUCKY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

                                    Louisville, Ky. Aug. 27, 1879

Prof. Horatio R. Storer M.D.

      Newport, R.I.

            My dear Doctor

                  I write you on a little business matter, also, to remind you that I have never received paper on sanitary matters.  I am many times obliged for the very interesting papers you sent me.  I am very much interested in anything you write.

      Are there any Insane Asylums in this country to which there is a resident or existing(?) gynecologist appointed.  If so, how are they appointed, and what pay do they get.  The Governor of our state who will be inaugurated next week, is one of my most intimate friends I have in the city, and would doubtless give me the appointment if such an office could be created.  I could not, of course, accept a resident position, but could visit the institution or institutions.  We have three Asylums in the state.  Hoping you will pardon me for thus troubling you.

                        I am, very sincerely yours,

                              Wm H. Wathen



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                         American Medical Association

                              PERMANENT SECRETARY,

                                    WM. B. ATKINSON, M.D.

                                          1400 Pine Street,

                                                Southwest corner Broad.

                              Philadelphia, Oct 11  1879

My Dear Storer

      As I presume the Gynaecological Soc. is still in existence, I wish to propose the name of Prof. Hercule Galvani' Prof. of Mat. Med. & Obstetrics in the University of Bologna.

      What is necessary?

      With bset wishes I remain

            Very truly yrs

                  Wm. B. Atkinson [William Biddle, 1832-1909]




                              Howell, Mich.  Jany 7th 1880

H.R. Storer, M.D.

Newport, R.I.

      Dear Sir:

            In a case here likely to come before the Courts I would like to have your opinion.  Can gestation be protracted to 301 days?  Can a woman become pregnant ten days before menstruation commences?  Can conception take place nine days after coitus?  When does gestation properly begin and cease?

      Some of the medical evidence will probably be that gestation cannot be prolonged over 280 days and that a woman cannot menstruate ten days after conception.

      An early answer would oblige

                  Yours very Respectfully

                        C. G. Cruikshank, M.D.



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                              Capri February 19th


      Dear Dr. Storer

            I have been longer times delaying writing to you, than I expected but I have been unable to go to Naples before a few days ago, on account of some patients which could not be left without attendance.  I have tried to hunt out Mr Poussen but I got from reliable information that he has left Naples about two years ago, and nothing has been heard about him since.  I am afraid, there is only chance that your books were left with Dr Whyett with whom Poussen was living.  If you will kindly send me a note of introduction to the said doctor, I will go to his home and should you tell him, he can deliver me your books.  I will ship them at once on board one of those steamers which ply between Naples and New York.

      We have had a very dry winter so much so that our cisterns are all empty and our fields are as dry as in midsummer.  The weather has been unusually mild notwithstanding that we had snow in November.  Capri is full of visitors just now and the hotels are doing very much.  I have bee very much annoyed of late by an article published by the Practitioner on "Capri as a health resort" February by T. Lander Brinton M.D. F. R.S. Lecturer on Materia Medica J. Bartholemew's Hospital London.  This gentleman who was in Capri only 3 days, and whom I had never the pleasure to meet states "among the disadvantages of the place that there is no English physician, and that patients in bad condition should not go to Capri for want of skillfull attendance.  How I would ask to this gentleman how he can make such gratuitous statement after how I have been 14 years here and without assuming to myself any special merit I may say that I have nothing to regret about my practice or the feelings of hundreds English and American whom I attended.  My ill luck is not to have been born on the borders of the Thames, and this is very likely the reason for being so basely dealt with by a professional brother!

I received all the publications you sent me and was very much interested in reading them, many thanks.  I hope to hear soon good news of you.  Mrs Cerio joins in kindest regard to Mrs Storer you and family while I remain

                        Yours very sincerely

                              T. Cerio.



[Dickinson College Library]

                  United States Commission, Fish and Fisheries

                        Spencer F. Baird, Commissioner

                              Washington, May 18, 1880.

My Dear Dr Storer:

      I am very much obliged to you for your two letters in reference to accommodations in Newport.  I await the information as to the cost of the cottages mentioned by you, before deciding.

      It is possible I may have to visit Newport personally before I can settle the matter finally in my own mind.

                              Yours sincerely,

                                    Spencer F. Baird

Dr. H.R. Storer




[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                              United States Commission, Fish and Fisheries

                              Washington[crossed out] Newport R.I. Oct 8, 1880

Dear Dr. Storer:

      Expecting to leave this afternoon for New York after a three month's stay in Newport I feel as if I had been defrauded out of the scientific intercourse with you  which I had calculated upon to be one of the chief pleasures of my sojourn.

      I have called twice at your house and was so unfortunate as not to find you at home.  I have been so driven by the work connected with my three departments--the Smithsonian, National Nurseries and Fish Commission, that I have had very little time for visiting.  I have been but four times on our steamer when she was away from the dock, and did not accompany her on a single business trip outside of Newport harbor.

      We have made many interesting discoveries especially on the border of the Gulf Stream, having discovered fifteen fishes new to science with (at present) innumerable species of invertebrates.

                        Yours sincerely,

                        S F Baird

Dr. H.R. Storer, Newport



[Countway- 1994]

                                    Newport, R. I.

                                          Oct 12, 1880


My dear Dr Storer:

      I waited till I had seen the 4 sailors again, at the Hospital, this morning, to obtain additional information for you; & now report.

      They are suffering from what you & I would say was: malarial poisining, the result of teh absorption of "Marsh Mismata."

      Three are already better, under 5 grain doses of sulph of Quinice, & , today, called for beefsteak instead of milk.  Their "pulse, respiration & temperature" are good.  The fourth is the only one who had had a chill; &, last night, his temperatue was 104o; this A.M. 99o.

      I have been giving him Tinct. Eucalypto, but today, gave him 6 gs. S Quinine A. M, & at p. m will administer 12 gr. S. Quinice.

      None of the has In_____ Town(?) & this one may be going to have _____  on _____ .  He has not been here long enough for testing.

      The pulse of one of the others, on arrival, was (3 hours after going to bed) 130, but I soon brought that down.  This is all I can report for the short time (3 days) they have been at the hospital

  x    x     x     x 

      "Down South" they may have Octogenarion Fever & Delerium Right angle Triangles &c &c, but to a man of my limited and infantile mind, such diseases are beyond my brain.

      I cannot appreciate such terms as South Carolina Fits; Alabama Chills; Delaware Measles; Mason & Dixon Constipation; Connecticut Atrophy; New York Apoplexy; Rhode Island Gout! German Colic! French Paralysis! & American Jack-Asthenia!!  But I do comprehend & approve of the Storer affection of teh heart!


                        Samuel W. Francis [check actual signature next time at COuntway-only got part on xeroxing.] [Samuel Ward Francis, 1835-1886]




[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]


                                    53 Temple Street

                                    10 Nov: 1880

My dear Doctor:

      I am very sorry to hear from your letter that dear Agnes has been so ill.  I trust she will soon pick up her strength again.  Please give my love to her, & tell her I have her picture right in front of me as I am writing this note.

      The receipt & check all safely arrived.

      I was indeed sorry not to have had the pleasure of your company.  I was in Stockbridge when you called, off on a little vacation.  Do come again.  Spend the night if you can.

      I was much interested in your extremely lucid and cogent appeal to the authorities of Newport.  I know nothing of the merits of the controversy, but on reading your argument, I felt as I have sometimes done when I have seen a portrait of some unknown person by some master, that it must be a good likeness.

      My kind regards to Mrs Storer.  Love to Mac--

                                          Faithfully yours

                                          J. C. Ropes [John Codman}

From what you write of Capri[?], the drought is as severe there as here.




                                                      Boston Dec 14th 1880


Dear Horatio,

      In looking over Aunt Lizzie's books of pressed flowers, I found several bunches marked with Jessie's [HRS's 1st daughter?]name, and one as if it had been held in her hand.  Would you like to have the flowers?  If so, I will sent them when one of the boys are going home.

      I am afraid they would be entirely ruined going by mail.

      Please tell Mrs. Storer how much pleased the Gen. and Helen are with her wedding gift.  It is both useful and ornamental, and just - fits- the top of a highly polished piece of furniture that they were anxious to protect, and the piece of embroidery she sent, proved to be just the thing wanted.  It came so near the time of the wedding, that I fear neither of you received a very prompt acknowledgement of your gifts.

      Please keep the enclosed card for Agnes until the proper time for its delivery.

                  Yours truly,

                        Aunt Carry.



                            Translation of the Card

Gentilipin Signore Dottore

The poor Fortuna your servant petitiones you for help, for her house has fallen, and her goods are buried and she is bereft of every thing.  She desired to tip the hand of the Signora and sends fervent salutations to the family, knowing their charity & friendship of heart.  She asks that a tip may be given tot he little signorina for her.  She & her family are living in a shed of wood.

Cassamicciolee, April 19th 1881

                  signed Fortuna Menella

[L150 $29.63 received by Fortuna June 7th via an international money order from Newport RI which was sent May 12, 1881]



                                    Naples  28 June 80[envelope postmark is 81 Letter addressed to HRS, Moss Bank(?) Cottage, Newport, RI]

Dear Dr. Storer

      A few days after we received your letter of the 30 May Mrs turner & myself went to the English Cemetery according to your wishes to inspect the condition of the grave you alluded to.  I am happy to tell you that it is in a good state.  The Tablet clean & practically surrounded by ivy & the grave covered with the periwinkle plant.  I left orders to have it kept free from weeds & frequently trimmed.  I did not see the necessity of going to any expenses therefore have nothing to charge.  Our friend Miss Moore has just returned from a most interesting tour through Egypt & Jerusalem & is now at _____ ; we will give your kind wishes to her & others as desired.

            With kind regards from Mrs. Turner & self.  I am very truly yours

                                    Wm. Turner.


[Robert Storer--Oct. 1993]

                                                Indianapolis, Ind,

                                                Nov. 26th 1881.

Dear Dr. Storer,

      Your last letter, containing one of your son's, was received a few days ago, and I have had much pleasure in reading it.  That I have not answered the previous one is due to the occupations of every description which have made me pay for my Newport recreation.  Later on i will go over the by-laws again and write you expressly.  Now I wish to give attention to the objections of your son.  I don't wonder that he found both Dr. Littledale's and Dr. Ryder's books faulty.  I have not had these books, but from the late no. of the London Tablet, I see Dr. Littledale's book as many unfair or incorrect statements, while Dr. Ryder has corrected in his second edition some of his mistakes.  He is a clever man, however, even if he has erred.  I knew him in Rome as a young student of the Collegio Romano; he was of Dr. Newman's surrounding, and showed himself then and more so later, as far as I could judge, inclined to minimize.  It was not to be wondered at, when the great mind, to which he looked for guidance, was so opposed to the definition of Papal Infallibility, as to write that he constantly prayed to the great Doctors of the Church to prevent such a calamity.

      I must deal with your son's state of mind as if he were a Gallican, for he seems to be almost one; his words imply this.  Yet he does not seem to admit the infallibility of God's Church.  He will never of course admit the inerrancy of the Supreme Head of the Church, unless he acknowledges that of the church assembled or dispersed throughout the world.  Now, with regard to the impossibility of the Church of Christ going astray on a question of faith or of morality, in giving a formal decision binding on all, the whole teaching body, the Pope and the Bishops together so teaching, and the whole body of the faithful so accepting also, it is to me inexplicable how any one can admit it, who reads Scripture attentively; except on one hypothesis - that there is too much earnest study, and not enough earnest prayer.  The reason why this is explicable to me is because, if there is anything evident in Holy Writ,it is the presence of the holy Ghost in the Church God founded.  This Holy Spirit was with the Synagogue.  He was the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit who taught by the mouth of the High Priest; so that Christ Himself bade the people do what the Scribes and the Pharisees told them; Christ did not approve man, he approved the Spirit that taught.  In the new Dispensation, the antetype of the Old, prefigured by it, we surely have something more perfect than what prefigured it.  That stands to reason.  But there is no need of reason's argument; there is positive proof in the Scripture: "Go teach all nations;" "As the Father hath sent me I send you": "Behold I am with you all days even to the Consummation of the world."  Not this only; but Christ moreover promises the Paraclete, the Spirit of Truth, who is to abide with His Church forever, and bring to the minds of the Teachers of the Church all He had said to them.  An abiding Presence of Christ and of the Holy Ghost is promised.  As God is faithful, so is that Spirit the teaching Spirit of the Church; this is the doctrine that keeps me in the Catholic Church.  As for Historical Difficulties, we know there are a great many "false facts" in history.  Are we going to let assertions and attempted documentary proof wight against the express words of Christ, promising to be always with that Church personally and by His Spirit?  That is, excluding from it all errors, and preserving it, in its essence, from all "spot or wrinkle whatsoever."  I spoke of attempted documentary proof.  At the Vatican Council, unable to stand on any of the other well known Gallican objections, an attempt was made to rally on the difficulty about Honorius; but without success.  The action of the Pope was disciplinary; whether right or wrong is a question; he would have been right, had he been dealing with good faith, he was however dealing with the "Graca fides", of which it is said; "nulla fides".  The fact is he absolutely taught in his letters the sound doctrine of two wills; but he did not define it.  There was the difficulty; and for this rightly or wrongly, he was condemned.  If  your son will read attentively the decree of the Vatican Council, and also give some attention to what I have written in Lect. II on Infallibility, he will see that what is claimed for the Pope is infallibility in formal decrees binding on the Church everywhere, in matters of faith and morals.  In everything else it is possible that the ____ Pontiff may not be assisted in any special manner by the Holy Spirit; and therefore he could be mistaken, especially in disciplinary matters which depend on information.  It seems to me this will cover the ground of all your son's objections.

      It is not however in the persuasive words of human wisdom that trust is to be put for the conversion of souls.  That is the work of the Spirit.  That Spirit gives to all the gift to pray; when men pray, then it is that this Holy Spirit begins His work of love, and gently yet strongly disposing all things leads the soul from the wilderness of doubt to the straight road of faith and to the dwelling of peace.

      Hoping that God will reward the earnest seeking of your Son, and also will to answer him, if he desire to consult me, I am, with respectful regards to Mrs. Storer, and kind remembrance to the members of your family,

                  Faithfully yours in Christ,

                        +Francis Silas Chatard,

                              Bishop of Vincennes.

Dr. Horatio Storer.




      Dr. HORATIO R. STORER, having regained his health, has resumed practice in Boston, with his former professional associate, Dr. L. F. Warner, and may be consulted on Thursdays, from 12 to 4 o'clock, at their old place of business, Hotel Pelham, corner of Boylston and Tremont Streets.

      Newport, R. I., Dec. 1st, 1881.



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]


                                          48 Wall St.

                                          March 15, 1882

My dear Doctor,

      Mr. Rudolph just came to me to identify him at my Bank; and I learned from him the he has not _____ the deed yet.  I told him that, as Mrs R. had required it, and he had not interest in it, he had better sign it, and do , willingly, what the Courts would compel him to, and he agreed, and I told him I had got up stairs, her, in my building and identify him _____ a R.  I cannot, had he said he would bring the deed down and acknowledge it.

      I told him that my great regret was that I was afraid I should lose my corner room still, it may be, that some room in the historic house, would be mainly agreeable.  Please tell one when to come, and see if an old _____ is not entitled to some selection when all things shall be ready for the summer.


                              Luther K. Marsh

H. R. Storer M.D.



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                            Smithsonian Institution

                                    Washington, D.C.  May 19 1882

Dear Dr. Storer:

      I am much obliged to you for your kindness in endeavoring to secure accommodations for us in Newport.  I find that my friends in Wood's Hole have come so generously to my assistance, that I shall be enabled to adhere to my original plan.  It would have been a great inconvenience had I been obliged to take quarters at any other point than Wood's Hole, as I hope to personally superintend the construction of the permanent works of the Commission at that point; and living at a distance, as short even as that of Newport, would have made such attention impracticable.

      Hoping I have not inconvenienced you in any way, I am

                        Yours very truly, Spencer M. Baird.



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]


                                                July 18, 1882

My dear Storer; [Is this perhaps to DHS?]

      I thank you very much for the thoughtful kindness which prompted your friendly note, and the gift that will always remind me of one whom I knew so long and valued so highly.  My sister and I have been greatly favored by the steadfast regard of so many of our pupils, but none of them was more true than your own Catherine.  Her thorough sincerity, genuine simplicity, and straight-forward strength will live in the minds and hearts of those who knew her best.

      I have now with me by the side of your kind not of July 8, 1882, hers of July 8, 1854, written on the day of her leaving school.[1854?? Check date.]  It was the same "Kate", whose cordial and affectionate greeting we can now only remember.

      I beg you to accept the assurance of my sincere sympathy with you in your unspeakable loss, _____ to believe me

            Always, with old regard,

                  Heartily yours,

                        H.N. Torrey.

[Aunt Katie may be Abby Jane Brewer Storer's sister Catherine Dorcas Brewer who died, according to Malcom, in 1879(b. 1812).]


[Countway - 1994]

                           NATIONAL BOARD OF HEALTH,

                              WASHINGTON, D.C.

                                    Aug. 8, 1882

Dear Dr. Storer

            You are probably aware that the House of Representatives refused to concur in the Senate's Amendment to that past of the Sundry Civil Bill which related to the appropriation for the National Board of Health and thus compelled the Senate to acquiesce finally in the original bill reported by the House Committee which makes no pension whatever for printing anything.  I am authorized by the Executive Committee to say that on the receipt of Mr. Bowditch's Report it will be placed temporarily at the disposal of the Sanitary Protection Association of Newport with liberty to publish the whole or any part of the same.  Of course it will be necessary to return the Mss. which must be sent in with the Annual Report of the Board early in November.

      It may be well to add that even if Mr. Bowditch had rendered his Report some months ago it would not have been possible to publish it, in a Supplement to the Bulletin, as the remnant of the printing fund was barely sufficient to carry on the regular numbers of the Bulletin to the close of the fiscal year.

                              Very truly & cordially yours

                                    J. L. Cabell

                                    Pres. N. B. H.


[Countway - 1994]

                                          Newport, Sept. 11, 1882

Dr. H. R. Storer

Corr. Secy. San. Protection Association

My dear Doctor

            I am in receipt of your note of this date inviting me to attend the regular monthly meeting of the Sanitary Protection Association of Newport to be held tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon.  I regret to have to say that urgent duties elsewhere will compel me to leave the city tonight, or by the early morning train tomorrow, if the indications of a storm should be such as to make it unsafe to go by the Sound tonight.

      Before leaving my home in Virginia I had been informed by means of a telegraphic dispatch that the sudden death of a child of Wm. Henry B. Auchincloss had been ascribed to "Asiatic Cholera" by three competent physicians, you being one of them.  Understanding this term to have been used in the common acceptation as a synonym of the infectious Cholera which is believed to have its origin in India and never to be seen in other countries except where it had been transported thither from its native home in Asia, I felt it to be my duty as an officer of the National Board of Health to investigate the evidence on which such a declaration had been made.  As you are aware the Act of Congress approved June 2d 1879 imposed upon the National Board of Health certain duties looking to the prevention of the introduction of contagious and infectious diseases into the United States from foreign countries and from one State into another.

      As a result of the Conference held at the residence of Wm. Auchincloss this morning, at which the three physicians who attended the case, two others who had made the postmortem examination, and Dr. Turner, City Physician assisted and severally expressed their views, I derived the opinion that the gentlemen who had concurred in the diagnosis of Asiatic Cholera did not intend to affirm that a disease of exotic origin had been introduced into Newport, or that the case in question was necessarily of an infectious nature.  But neither, on the other hand, would they pronounce a negative opinion s to either of these propositions.  They did affirm that the symptoms in the case in question were not distinguishable from those of Asiatic Cholera with which disease as it appeared in several epidemics of this Country and of Western Europe you had been familiar and of which Dr. Fisher had had a large and recent experience in China and Japan.  But I did not understand that either you or Dr. F. maintained the position that the symptomatology of an isolated case without evidence of importation from a country in which Asiatic Cholera was prevailing and without being followed by other cases, would satisfactorily establish its identity with that disease.  A few more days will, doubtless, settle the question beyond all controversy.  In the mean time I am constrained to avow my belief that the probabilities are decidedly adverse to the view that the case was one of specific infectious cholera, while I freely admit that the symptoms and post-mortem appearances were entirely consistent with such a view.

      On one point the conferees were, I believe, quite unanimous, they concurred in the opinion that whether the case in question was or was not specific, it was in a large degree dependent upon insanitary conditions existing in Washington Street which require prompt removal.  The mode of discharging sewage from the houses on that street, by drains from each house opening on the shore of the Bay above low water mark, is fraught with danger to the public health and the nuisance demands abatement.  I learn that it has been long a subject of complaint by residents of the part of the city, who have united in an application to the City Council for the substitution of an intercepting sewer, with its outlets at some unobjectionable point, in regard to which a commission of competent sanitarians aided by a skilled engineer should be consulted.

      on a former occasion I ventured to suggest to the Mayor of the City the expediency of transferring the duties of a health board to a body of medical gentlemen conversant with sanitary questions.  I now reiterate that advice with yet greater emphasis.

                        Very respectfully yours

                              J.L. Cabell


[Countway - 1994]

                           NATIONAL BOARD OF HEALTH,

Personal                WASHINGTON, D.C. [CROSSED OUT]

                        University of Virginia

                        Nov. 20, 1882

Dear Dr. Storer

      Your esteemed favor of the 19th has just been received.

      I was already about to write to you to thank you for your generous support of the National Board of Health, a support which at all times & under all circumstances, would have been gratefully appreciated and was the more acceptable at this time in view of a spiteful & ill-natured article in the Boston Medical Journal of Nov. 9th, which misrepresents & perverts every statement on which the writer comments.  I have expressed my opinion of this self constituted judge, in no treasured terms to my old friend Dr. Bowditch.

      We were anxious to publish your resolutions in the Appendix to my pamphlet but Dr. Hunt, President of the A. P.H. A., thought we had better confine that pamphlet to the proceedings of the Association & publish yours & others i another pamphlet which we will probably bring out shortly.

      Doubtless by this time you will have received the Ms. copy of that part of Mr. Bowditch's Report which relates to Newport, the only part which he as yet sent to us.  As he has prepared this separately from his other inspections, with a distinct pagination, we though it best to send it to you, who had paid the charges, to d what you wished.  I have no doubt that Meyer of the Sanitary Supibees(?) will be glad to publish it if you wish, but we though it best to send it to you first.  It is absolutely all that Bowditch has sent about Newport.  There were some preliminary general remarks not applying to Newport, which I am sure you would not care to have.  We send you not an abstract, but the full report, as sent to us, of the house to house inspection of Newport.  The other parts of Mr. Bowditch's report when received will be sent to the Sanitary Engineer according to agreement.

      Dear Doctor, please excuse this disjointed letter.  I have been interrupted four times while writing it, and I find that I have written a very rambling note.  The mail will come in a few minutes & I cannot begin afresh.

            In extreme haste

                  Yours most truly & cordially

                        J. L. Cabell




25 Church St.

Cambridge, Mass     15th February, 1883.

My dear Professor Storer:-

      Please accept my thanks for the very valuable treasury of references you have sent me.  It is a wonder how a man could have the patience and perseverance for such a work useful as it is.

      The expressions of your kind note have moved me much.  If any attentions of mine could have in any way contributed to your wife's comfort, relieved your anxiety and distress.  I need not tell you how highly I esteemed her.

      Please give my love to your Father with my best wishes for his rapid recovery.

                              Faithfully yours

                              Morrill Wyman

[although Countway label says to HRS, could be to Francis.]


[Countway - 1994]

                        Hawthorn Cottage

                              May 12, 83

My dear Sir

      I should have been happy had I been in Newport to have attended the Medical Meeting but I have only just arrived, to spend a few days in Packing, and our invitation was handed to me at the Aquedneck just one week after the meeting.  I shall leave a number of books.  If your Society has a Library and they are of any use to you, you are welcome to them.  There are the Transactions of the Amer. Med. Ass & New York State Med Soc for a long series of years, and several unbound vol. of journs - Obstetrics, N.Y. Transac Journal of Medical Sciences & others.  I should be pleased to have an opportunity of calling upon you, but only a few days are allowed to pack up and take away what we are entitled to and every moment will be occupied.  I shall not be able therefore to get off the place.

      With thanks for your kind invitation

      I remain    Yours very Sincerely

                        Edmd S F Arnold. [Edmund Samuel Foster, 1820- ]



[Naval War College]

Training Squadron.


                        Newport R. I. June 22nd 1883.

Dr H. R. Storer.

      Dear Sir:

            We will be glad to receive the visit of the Asylum Superintendents and party on the afternoon of June 27th.

                        Very truly yours

                              S[tephen] B. Luce



[Naval War College-no date]

My dear Dr. Storer,

      Accept, I beg of you, my sincere thanks for your kind note in regard to Mrs Mason's relics--the sword & medal.

      I will endeavor to see you & talk the matter over.

      Meanwhile believe me

            Try Sincerely Yours

                  S. B. Luce



[John J. Burns Library, Boston College]

St. Joseph's Church

92 Hope St.

                                    Providence, July 10 1883

Dr. Horatio R. Storer

      Dear Sir,

            I was in New York last week and laid before Ref. Fr Fulton, the Provincial, the proposition you made me the week before.  It is with regret that I have to state that Rev. Fr. Provincial cannot entertain the proposition at all.  He is so greatly in need of priests to supply the houses we already have, that he could not spare one for Newport, even should the Rt. Rev. Bishop invite him to erect a new parish there.  Perhaps the Bishop my yet find a secular priest to inaugurate the desired imporvement.

                        Yours Truly

                              (Msgr? Wm.?) B. Cleary S.? J.?



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                            Smithsonian Institution

                                    Washington, D.C.[crossed out]

                                    Woods Hole, Mass.  Aug. 23, 1883.

Dear Dr. Storer:

      I regretted very much I was unable to see you during my short visit at Newport.  Part of my time, however, was spent in Boston, so that I really had no leisure in the way of visiting, more than, to go to Prof. Agassiz's.

      I do not think that at present, at least, there is any likelihood of my establishing a branch station at Newport.  I find I shall require all the energy and funds at my command to finish Woods Hole as I desire it.

      I will, however, be very glad indeed to cooperate in the Newport enterprise, so far as advice or information may be concerned; and you can doubtless do a great deal towards supplying it with animals for an aquarium, by means of the apparatus at command.

                        Yours truly,


Dr, H.R. Storer, Newport R.I.


[Ethel Dec.]

            Piazza Nicosia 25  Rome- March 25th 1884

Dear Dr. Storer

      Mrs. Pitman left your note here about ten days ago, and I returned her call & saw her for a short time.  Her stay in Rome was short and she has left it.  I was glad to hear you were all well.  The earthquake seems no doubt an old story now excepting tho those who have suffered by it.  At this season when the verdure of Spring is appearing & flowers are in abundance, it makes me feel increased sadness to think I have no pretty little home to return to.  But I never think of living there again.  I had made several additional rooms & terraces & a good stair to the roof so it was much nicer than when you saw it and my plants had grown beautifully.  Bit it is all destroyed & unfit for habitation.  And worse than that so many were killed that I knew that it would be too sad.  A detailed account of my experience of the earthquake was printed in the "Sunday at Home" for January last.  It was written very soon after the earthquake, but by some mistake it did not appear earlier.

_____ Dombri & her husband were unhurt also Tommy her youngest boy.  I forget if Caroline her daughter was married when you were at Casamicciola.  She has had four children two died some time ago and the other two were killed by the earthquake.  Dr. Manella was doug out of the ruins and was a good deal hurt.  Siniscalchi & his family all escaped but the greater part of the Grande Sentinella which belonged to them fell.  Under it the youngest son of Mr. Bartt.  The English chaplain at Naples was killed.  Fortuna was killed and is probably lying under the ruins of her house & hill.  There does not seem a wall standing in all of Casaminella, the little village where she lived.  Gennard(?) was down near the baths when the shock came & escaped.  Maria & Maria Giuseppa the daughters are both married in Marseilles.  The latter had a bad husband & he was murdered in a Caffe', but she has married again & is well off now I was told.  I did not know your coachman's wife so cannot tell about her.  I spent three days on the island before Xmas.  I slept in one of the wooden huts, which have been erected for the people.  No one thinks of building again in stone.  The waters are so beneficial to many kinds of invalids, that I have no doubt those who suffer will come again & that an hotel of wood may be arranged for them, but in the meantime all the hotel keepers have lost courage & spirit to do any thing.

      With kind regards to Mrs. Storer & yourself & your sons, believe me

                                          Sincerely yours

                                          Jesse(?) More





                                    Washington, D. C., March 19, 1885

H. R. Storer MD

      Dear Doctor   The paper containing requests for information related to early R. I. Physicians comes to hand.  I looked over my files of Biography of the names you mention & enclose for your information refers to sixty five.  You will please return these as promptly as you can conveniently do.  I also send from my check list references to some of those.  The works referred to are doubtless in your library.

      Should they serve you I will be gratified.  Wishing you health & prosperity.

                  I rem yours vry truly

                              J. M. Toner

[Preparation for Clarke?  Other sketches for Newport Medical Society?]



[Ethel-October 1993]

                                                      40 State Street


                                                      8 April 1885

My dear Doctor:

      Forgive my forgetting to send the usual remittance.  Here it is - check for $500 & receipt.

      Your letter gives me the first intelligence I have had of Malcolm's  illness, John having forgotten to tell me about it, & my nephew being, as perhaps you know, in Florida with his [John's] elder brother [Frank Addison].

      Give Mal my love & best wishes.  If anyone can sympathize with a typhoid fever patient, I am that man.  Moreover, if any man can speak to the comfort of being ill with typhoid fever under Dr Storer's roof, & cared for by him & Mrs. Storer, I am that man, and shall never forget it.  So Mal ought to be satisfied.  John tells me the worst is over.  With kindest regards to you both, & love to M. & Agnes, believe me

                              Sincerely yours

                                    J[ohn]. C. Ropes

Dr Storer.



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]


                                                4 May, 1885

Dear Dr. Storer

      I am sorry to hear that your son Malcolm has been so ill that he may not be able to prepare for the approaching examinations.

      In my judgment the Faculty would be altogether likely to recommend him for his degree even if he were unable to attend the final examinations.

      This assurance may relieve anxiety on his part too hasten the recovery from his long sickness.

      With best wishes for his speedy restoration to health I am

                              Very truly yours

                              Charles W. Eliot

Dr. Horatio R. Storer




[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                        Cliff House, Newport, Sept. 6. `85.

My Dear Sir,

      It would have been gratifying to me to have complied with your kind request in behalf of the Newport Historical Society earlier in the season.  But I can only express my regret that I can not now meet the occasion, as I return to Boston next Friday, and the brief interval is crowded with engagements.

                              Sincerely yours,

                                    George E. Ellis






                                          Nahant, Mass:

                                          12th September, 1885.

Dear doctor Horatio,

      I was very glad to get your friendly note.  We cherish in Boston the memory of your earlier, and your later, achievements.  I often think how different an obstetrical life Boston might have had, if we could have kept here your hardihood, energy and courage.  I am delighted that any words of mine have attracted your notice, and have given me the pleasure of a letter from you.  At long intervals I get a glimpse of Newport from a Fall River boat.  I long ago learned to like the city; I wish that I might promise myself the pleasure of looking in upon you.

                              With sincere regard

                                    John P. Reynolds



Chicago Ill, [missed date when xeroxed]  5 Apr 1881

            65 Randolph St.

H. R. Storer, M.D.

      Dear Doctor:  As a member of the Judicial Council it is not proper for me to express opinions on Ethical questions until they are brought, in due form, before the Council for its action.  But simply as a member of the profession I am free to say that there is nothing whatever in the Code of Ethics that has any relation to the questions you ask.  The reference in the Code of Ethics to irregular practitioners, or rather to those who practice in accordance with some exclusive dogma, related simply to the matter of consultations at the bedside of the sick, and cannot be tortured so as to apply to municipal or state boards of health, any more than it could to municipal or state legislative bodies.  I see no reason why you should withhold any communication from your State Board of Health merely because an irregular practitioner happens to be one of its members.

                        Yours truly

                              N. S. Davis


Chicago Ill, June 17th 1886

            65 Randolph St.

Horatio R. Storer, M.D.

      Dear Doctor:  Your letter of the 12th inst. is received.  You were appointed one of the Vice Presidents of the Section of Gynecology of the 9th International Congress by the Executive Committee in St Louis, and if you have not been officially notified it is the oversight of the Secretary.  The "Private Circle(?)" you received was from the Chairman of the Executive Committee and was correctly designed for you.

      I cannot refer you to any publications on Numismatics except those you mention in your letter.  The Amer. Med. Association Medal_____ but of myself etc.  I think is for sale at the United States Mint in Philadelphia.  But if you will write to "Dr. J. M. Toner, 615 Louisiana Ave., Washington D.C." I think he can inform you just how to get it and how much it will cost.  And also about the other Prize Medal you mention.

                        Yours truly

                              N. S. Davis



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                            Smithsonian Institution

                                    Washington, D.C.[crossed out]

                                    Woods Hole, Mass.  July 10, 1886.

Dear Dr. Storer:

      Your letter of the 6th is to hand; and I have referred it to Wm. Goode for such answer as he can make to it.  One of our curators, Wm. A. Howard Clark, is much interested in numismatics, and may be able to furnish some of the infirmation you want, as he knows our collections much better than I do.

      I think a bibliography of the coins and medals relating to fish and fisheries would be quite an interesting one.  I have carried for several years, in my pocket, as a charm, an old silver coin, about 500 B.C., which contains a fishing eagle on one side and a crab on the other.

                        Sincerely yours,


Dr. H.R. Storer,

Newport R.I.


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                                WAR DEPARTMENT,

                           SURGEON GENERAL'S OFFICE,

                       ARMY MEDICAL MUSEUM AND LIBRARY,


                                    Nov 2 / 86

Dear Doctor,

      I have your note of Oct 27 with Enclosure, for which I am much obliged.

      Until the President has appointed a Surgeon General, and matters have become settled in the Office, I must confine my purchases to what is absolutely essential for the current work of the Museum and Library.  What one man may think proper and necessary, another would disapprove as useless and extravagant.  It is my purpose to make the Museum collection of Medals as complete as possible, and to have it so mounted and catalogued as to make it as interesting and as instructive as possible.  Dr Lees Collection is an excellent foundation for such work.

      At the same time there are many other things which the Museum needs worse that it does medals, and our funds are limited, hence I must be cautious in purchases.

      The majority of the tokens which you offer from your duplicates I will recommend the purchase of at the prices you name, when we get a Surgeon General, which I hope will be this month.

      If however you have an opportunity to dispose of them elsewhere in the mean time do not reserve them on our account, since I cannot say definitely whether we shall take them or not.     I am very glad to know that you are collecting medals, and you will not meet with troubles over competition from me.

            WIth best wishes I remain

                        Yours very sincerely

                              John S. Billings.

Dr H.R. Storer



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

[HRS? note at top-Wrote FNS 28 march 1887-why 3-4 mo delay?]

                        27 Craigie Street,


                              Nov. 6. 86

Dr Storer

      My dear Sir,

            I never heard of other than the two Rumsford medals of which you speak.  When I was Chairman of the Rumsford Committee, we gave a medal to ________ - a gold one and a silver one.  They were inscribed at a Philadelphia mint.  Both were given to him, both for the same thing and alike except in metal.  There were duplicates struck off at the time in Bronze,  I think the dies are in the possession of the Academy.

      I have no copy of the medal.

      It is  possible that the inscription on the English medal differs from ours.  Ours was not changed so far as I know.  Prof. Treadwell had the dies cut.  I think - and yet that may not be true.  He has a bronze copy of the medal.

      It is many years now since I have attended the meetings of the Academy & so I am not fresh in my information.

            I am faithfully yours

                  E[ben] N. Horsford(?)





[Nat Library of Medicine]

                        Health Department

                        Office Superintendent of Health

                        City Hall, Providence

                        Jan 20 1887

Dr. H.R. Storer

      Dear Doctor

            I send you with that a copy of the proposed act to regulate the practice of medicine in this State.  The matter has been worked up informally as it was deemed best that the medical societies should not appear officially in its favor.  You are of course familiar enough with legislation to know that laws can never be all that is desired but it is believed that the present bill is so worded as best to gain the approval of the members of the legislature.  And it has the merits of being very much like the Illinois law the success of which I suppose that you are familiar with.  I am especially interested in this matter by virtue of my position as health officer & write to know if you could appear and give your evidence for the law at a hearing on Thursday next.  I shall be glad to hear from you in regard to this law.

                  Ys trly

                        Charles V. Chapin


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            305 Delaware Avenue.

                                    Buffalo, Mch. 21 1887

      Will Dr. Storer kindly favor me with a coy of hispaper on Medals, &c, illustrative of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and greatly oblige,

                        Very truly,

                              Roswell Park [1852-1914]

[Hrs note "Sent"]



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                 Edinburgh Obstetrical Society -- founded 1840

                                    10 Hope Street.


                              March 10, 1887


      I have to thank you for your courtesy in sending a copy of your paper on "The Medals, Jetons, and Tokens, illustrative of Obstetrics and Gynecology" to the Obstetrical Society, and beg to inform you that it has bee placed in the Library.

            I am  Sir,

                        Your obedient Servant,

                        R. Milne Murray

                              Hon Secretary

Dr. Horatio R. Storer A.M.


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                              MENTON, ALPES MARITIMES.


                                    March 19' - /87

  My dear Dr Storer

            Many thanks for your memoir on Medical tokens which I have read with the more interest as it bespeaks mental and I hope renewed bodily health.  So you have settled down to a quiet meditative learned life, and are I hope still doing good in our old line of practice.

      I am getting old and for the last two years have felt the advance of years and since that time only.  I am retiring from practice, and building a home, a Florentine medieval one, on the pretty Gournald property; there to retire completely.  As a preliminary I have given up my home in England, for I find the journey too long, and even the summer too cold so last summer was spent on the Lake of Geneva at Evian les Bann's and Geneva, and such will be my plan of life for as long as I am spared.

      You are a family man I know, but I am alone - neither wife, nor family, only an elderly sister, my senior, who is mostly with me.

      still best wishes believe me

                  Very sincerely yrs

                  Hy. Bennet [BENNET, James Henry, 1816-1891]


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                                    84 Lafayette Avenue.

My dear Doctor.

      Since my return home, after a brief absence, I found, on my table your interesting reprint ofn "The Medals, Jetons and Tokens Illustrative of Midwifery." Etc.; which I do not remember to have acknowledged before, but if I have, the pamphlet is deserving of another adknowledgment.  Please accept my sincere thanks for this reprint, and also for having rememberd me in their distribution.   It seems quite like old times to see  a reprint having yo\ur familiar name as its Suthor on the Cover.   I wish there could be something in the way of an inducement that might casue your name to appear oftener as an author instead of at such long intervals as now.

            With kindest regards

                        Sincerely yours

                              E W Jenks [JENKS, Edward Watrous, 1833-1903]

                              Detroit Aug 16, 87

To Dr. Storer, Newport.


[Postcard to HRS, Newport, R.I. U.S. with London W 3 JY 21 87 postmark]

      Many thanks for the very interesting account of medals &c.  Kind regards & best wishes.

            T Spencer Wells



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                         American Medical Association

                          RICHARD J. DUNGLISON, M.D.,


Lock Box 1274

                                    Philadelphia, Nov. 29, 1887.

Dear Doctor,

      I do not know of any one here who is interested in teh subject you refer to.  I will bear it in mind, and in a short time, when somewhat less engrossed in all kind of business matters than now, I will give it special attention.

                  With kind regards,

                  YOurs very truly,

                  Richd. J. Dunglison [Richard James, 1834-1901]



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                                          H.K.K. Universitats-Laboratorium

                                          Prof. Dr. Lieben

                                          Wien, IX, Wasagasse 9.

                                          6 Febr. 1888.

Lieber altes Freund!

[long letter in German, may deal with insanity]

                        Ihr   Ad. Lieben


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                  Providence, April 13/88

My dear Dr.

      The late Dr. E. T. Coswell undetook collecting subscriptions for the Rush Monument, and since his death, Dr Geo L. Collins, 19 Waterman Street, Providence succeeded him as collector.

      I do not know what success has so far attended their efforts.

                  Yours very sincerely

                        Geo. D. Hersey. [no birth-death dates]

Dr. H. R. Storer


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                              Newport R I  Oct 4th 1888

Dr Storer

      My Dear Sir

            I am in receipt of your very valuable work on Medals-Jetons & Tokens illutrative of Obstetrics &c &c &c for which you will please accept my vearty thanks, Poor Pay for the study, time & ability therin displayed.

      Hoping you may be spared to us for many years,

            A have the Honor, My Dear Sir, to subscribe myself your Obt Svt

                              T. H. Chappelle

To Horatio R Storer, A.M., MD.


Rhode Island.



                              Delanan House

                                    Albany, N.Y.

                                    Oct 7/88

My dear Storer,

      My wife and I are on the American side of the Atlantic, and would gladly have shaken hands with you if possible, before returning to England on the 24th inst.  We have been to Boston and it was our mutual friend Dr. Marcy who was very kind to us, and I should have gone to pay my respects to your Father but I heard he was not in Boston.  We spent a charming week with Dr. O. Wendel Holmes at Beverly farms, and then went to the Congress at Washington.  We had proposed to go to Newport for a week, hoping to see you there, but my wife has been so unwell for some days past, that we have abandoned the idea, and after going for a day or two to Lennox, or West Point or both, we shall go straight to New York and wait there until our steamer "New Brittanic" sails.

      While in New York we will be the guests of Dr. Fordyce Barker, 24 East 38th St, and if you happen to be in New York by chance between the 15th inst. and the 24th, we should both be delighted to see you.

      In the meantime, in the uncertainty of our movements, all our letters are sent to MacMillan & Co., 4th Avenue, N. York, and from there are forwarded to us.  WIth all the old regard(?) of former days, Believe me I am yrs faithfully

                              Wm. O. Priestley

[In pencil on envelope: report(?) to carry for Priestley from(?) NY Acad of Sciences May 7-1888  WHAT IS THIS?]



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                              15 Chestnut St

                                    Boston, Mass

                                    Jan 23 / 89

My dear Storer

      In reply to your inquiry I would say I have no memorials of my grandfather of the character you speak of in your letter recd today and in the pamphlet, for which many thanks.

      He was made by the time of Dover(?) a "Baron(?) of the Augen(?) Parts" and the Freedom of the city or(?) as also by Calais.

                  In haste  _____ truly

                        B Joy Jeffries.


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                              Drs. Mitchell & Maury,

                              OFfice and Sanitarium,

                              111 Court St.

                              Memphis, Tenn

                              Jan 28 / 89

Dear Dr Storer

      I am in receipt of your favor of 21st inst.  Also copy of re-print on medals & of which I have read with pleasure.  I neglected to write with my compliments on fly leaf of "Keatings History of Yellow Fever &c &c"

      I have found a duplicate of communications sent with each medal which I enclose.  If at any time able to furnish any thing of value it will give me great pleasure to do so.

                        Yours truly

                              R. Mitchell

[HRS note: "Gold medal returned 6 Feb 1889"]


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1627 Walnut Street



                                    March 26th. 1889

      Dear Dr Storer;-

            Please accept my thanks for the curious report on Medical Medals and Tokens, which reached me yesterday.

                  Yours very truly,

                        John B. Roberts [John Bingham, 1852-1924]



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68 WEST 36TH ST.,


                                    April 5th 89

Dear Doctor

      I am pleased to acknowledge the receipt of our favor of the 3rd inst. with informations as also a reporint of your intersting article "the Medals etc" with thanks for the courtesy & remain

            Yours most truly

            Robert Newman

Horatio R. Storer M.D.




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                                          University of Virginal

                                                April 10, 1889

Dear Dr Storer

      Yours of teh 8th ins. has been received.  I hasten to inform you that I am now and have for some months past been suffering from a continuous cephalogia which utterly incapacitates for me for any kind of mental exertion.  My friend and former colleague in the National Board of Health Dr. Stephen Smith take so grave a view of my condition as to urge me with earnestness to sever at once & permanently my connection with teaching duties and to abstain from all study.  This advice coinciding with my own convictions I have sen t in my resignation to the governing Board to take effect at the close of the current session.  Meanwhile my duties are for the most part performed by an assistant employed by myself.  The Board has chosen to give me indefinite leave of absence instead of accepting my unconditional resignation, but my connection with the institution will be merely nominal as I have no idea of resuming work which as continued beyond the limits of 75 years has brough me to my present state of suffering & disability.  One hour's readingor one half of this time spen in writing produces great suffering of a threatening(?) character.

      Under these circumstance I regret my inability to render you the aid which otherwise it would geve me so much pleasure to give.

      Since the death of my friend Dr. T. G. Thomas of Savannah I am somewhat at a loss to whom to refer you in that city.  Just as I finished this last sentence I remembered that Dr. W. H. Elliot is still living and that he will probably be able to give you all desired information on the subject to which you refer.  He was in teh service of teh National Board of Health having charge of the Fefuge Station in Sapelo Sound.  You are authorized to state tath I have referred you to him.  I am sure that he will give prompt attention to your request.

      The Harriosn and Williamson Naval Hospital medals should, I think, be classifed as under Portsmouth as the Naval Hospita is on the Portsmout side of Elizabeth River which separates Norfolk & Portsmouth.  Or you might place "Norfolk and Portsmouth" as one class.  They are closely associationed and only separated by a narrow stream.

      I shall not be able to attend the Newport meeting of the A. M. A.  Indeed the same disability which drives me from my home of 51 years will compel me to withdraw from all scientific associations.

                  I am with high respect & sincere regard

                        Yours faithfully

                        J. L. Cabell [James Lawrence, 1813-1889]




                                    Boston June 29, 1889

My Dear Dr

      I did not chance to see you to thank you for what you did in the interest of our Com. on Dietetics & for this Assn.  I was unable to do what I wished as I had no time.  Still I feel that the meeting has been a great _one to this cause.  I was so busy that I did not take any excursion or outside entertainment at all & my wife had to go without me.  I think I shall take a day off soon to see this place ere long.

      May I say to you that as you are interested in medical medals jetons &c that a gold medal was received by me last week from the Society of Science Letters & Art (London) awarded for the following Medical papers (1) The Relations of Medicine & Music (2) Cleaned Whole Wheat, (3) drinks for health?  I wanted to show it to you and I felt you were too busy and perhaps might not deem it of highest interest.  Along in this missive came (_____) the title Hon F. S. Sc (Land)  I am also invited to address the Soc on Nov 19 prox, when 18,000 invitations will be give out so Sir Henry V. _____ Bart Pres. informs my correspondent.  Congratulating you on the success of the A.M.A. meeting, I am yours truly

                  E. Cutter  [Ephraim Cutter 1832-1917]



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                                          Newport, R.I., July 13, 1889.

My dear Sir:

      The rule of Divine Providence must be submitted to.  In Newport, the rose is not accustomed to bear flowers in the middle of July.  But my respect for the Newton National History Society, and for you and those with whom you are connected in this lovely city of ours, fills me with every wish to make the visit of our friends from Newton as pleasant as possible.

                  Very truly yours,

                        Geo. Bancroft.

H.R. Storer, Esq


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BOSTON, MASS.                                   DR. C. P. THAYER,


                                                34 Boylston Street,

                                                Sept. 10 1889

Dear Doctor

      We have never issued a medal of any kind our school being but 11 years old.  But i personally have always been interested in numismatics & would like a coy of your monograph.  I refer you to my friend Dr. L.F. Warner a front of whose office I occupy.

            Very truly yours

                  Charles P. Thayer [Charles Paine, 1843-1910]

Dr. H. R. Storer

[HRS note "Sent -- answered 11 Sept 1889-"]




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                          UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

                            DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE

                              Philadelphia, Sept 11 1889

H. R Storer M.D.

      Newport R. I.

  Dear Doctor

            Dr. R.E. Rogers, formerl Prof. of Chemistry gave a prize gold medal to the student attaining the highest grade in Chemistry.  Dr. H. Lenox Hodge also gave a gold Medal to the one who received the highest mark in dissecting.

      Dr Wm Chamberlain at Mt. Holly, N.J., received Dr. Rogers - and Dr. J.R. Taylor of Charleston S.C., ahs one of Dr. Hodge's

      Those with the Alumni Medal are all that to my knowledge has been given from this school

            Truly yours

                  James Tyson  [1841-1919]

                        s Dean




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                  WASHINGTON, D.C., Sep 10 1889

Dear Dr Storer

      In reply to your question; Our College has never issued any prize medal that I am aware of.

                  Yours truly

                        A.F.A. King [Albert Freeman Americanus, 1841-1914]


Dr. H. R. Storer



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      Dear Sir:

      The Bellvue Hospital Medical College has never issued a Medical Prize MEdal.

                  Yours respectfully,

                        Austin Flint, D.C.(?) [1836-1915]

Sept 11, 1889


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                        RICHMOND, VA. Sept 11, 1889

Dr Doctor

      This College years ago did issue a medal, but we now have no record or recollection of its design.

      The alumni will issue a medal at next Commencement.  I send you Catalogue.

            Jno B Cooper, Sec

[HRS notes "entered on list"  "16 Sept wrote Dr John S. Welford of R."



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                           Starling Medical College

                                Columbus, Ohio

Thos. C. Hoover, M.D., Registrar,

      249 East State Street,


H. R. Storer, M.D.

  Newport R.I.

      Dear Sir - Last year we presented for the first time prize medals.  One for Highest Scholarship adn one for best Thesis.

      The first was gold - The obverse ...

      The intrinsic value of the medal is fifty dollars.

      The other medal is a smaller edition the relief word being as plain gold, and the value being twenty-five dollars

                  Yours truly

                        Thos C Hoover MD


[HRS note "See impression with Am's]


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                      College of Physicians and Surgeons

                    Medical Department of Columbia College

                         437 West Fifty-Ninth Street,

                                          New York, Sept 11th 1889.

Dear Sir:

      The only prize medal awarded by the College is the Harsen P.M. for Clinical Reports at the N.Y. Hospital.

      A full description of this medal, with accompanying portrait of Dr. Harsen, can be found in "history of the College of Physicians & Surgeons by John C. Dalton M.D."

                        Yours very truly,

                              J. G. Curtis [John Green, 1844-1913]



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                       The Long Island College Hospital

                              Brooklyn, N.Y.  Sept. 13 1889,

Dr. H.R. Storer,

      Dear Sir,  I have forwarded your request for impression etc of our medals to Mr. F. W. Kentgen(?), Chairman of Ex. Com. of the Board of Regents.  The medal is awarded by the Regents and the dies are in their possession.


                        J. H. Raymond


[HRS notes "Await answer."  "Wrote Dr Wm F Dudley Brooklyn 15(?) April 1890"]


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                               YALE UNIVERSITY,

                            DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE.

                                          New Haven, Conn.

H. R. Storer, M.D.

Sir:-- In reply to your inquiry, I would say that I have no knowledge of any medals which have been given by this School as prizes.

                        Sincerely yours

                              Herbert E. Smith [Herbert Eugene, 1857-1933]


Sep. 14, 1889.



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                              N. W. Med. College

                      St. Joseph, Mo., Sept. 16th, 1889.

Dr. H. R. Stover,(sic)

      Newport, R.I.

            Dear Sir;-  Replying to your card of the 10th inst, will say that our College has never issued a medical prize medal of any description.  We aim to have each student atk a personal interest in the lectures and his studies, more for the benefit he will derive afterward by being thoroughly conversant in all branches, than for any honors bestowed in the way of prizes.

                  Yours respectfully,

                        J. E. Porter(?) M.D. Sec.


      I mail you a copy of The Western Medical & Surgical Reporter, which will contain all the medical and surgical news from this locality, and which I would be pleased to have you allow me to place your name on our list as a subscriber for it in the future.

                              T. E. P.




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                        Halifax, N.S.  Sept. 16, 1889

Dear Sir,

      In reply to your card of enquiry I have to inform you that no medical prize medals have ever been issued by this College

            Yours truly

                        A(J?) W H Lindsay, (M.D.)

                        Rigistrar, Halifax Med. Coll:



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J. Algernon Temple, M.D.

M.R.C.S. Eng                                    191 Simcoe Street.

                                          Toronto, 18 Sept 1889

Dear Dr

      I find on enquiry that the "Toronto School of Medicine" "University College Toronto" Medical Department of Victoria College Ralphs old School" & The University of Victoria College Cobourg never gave any Medals in Medicine

                        Yours truly

                  J. Algernon Temple

Dr. H. R. Storer



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                              Baltimore Sept 18th 1889

Dr. H. R. Storer.

      Dear Doctor.

            The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Baltimore award five gold medals  The enclosed drawing sets forth the sice and style of them all.

      I send with this a catalogue which gives specifications on pages 10 & 11.

                        Very truly & fraternally

                              Thomas Opie [1842 - ]


[HRS notes: "Answered 13 Nov. 1889 asking about Brown"  "9 Dec. wrote Dr R Gundry about Gorman, Howard, Evret, Lynch & Nicholson."]



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                                    COLLEGE OF

                              Physicians and Surgeons

                              Corner of Harrison and Honore Sts.

                              Chicago, Sept. 19th 1889.

H. R. Storer, M.D.

      Newport, R.K.

Dear Sir:

      Referring to your favor of the 10th inst., I would state in reply that the COllege of Physicians and Surgeons in Chicago issues every year the following prize medals, to wit: A gold medal to each of 3 students in the 3rd year course, who may have the highest general average in all studies required for graduation- inclucing attendance.  A gold medal to each of 2 students of the 2nd year course obtaining highest general average in 2nd year studies, and a similar pirze to each of 2 students of 1st year, under same conditions.  The Chair of Physiology offers a gold medal to teh student having the best average in teh Examination on that branch and the chiari of Physical Diagnosis offers gold medals to 3 students presenting the best clinical histories of patients.  Draughts of above-mentioned medals herewith enclosed.

                        Very truly

                        A. Reeves Jackson,  [Abraham Reeves 1827-1892]

                        President College of Physicians

                        and Surgeons of Chicago Ill

[HRS Note "Wrote Sept 1890 about Phys. Diagnosis medals"]


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                              Charleston S.C.  Sept 20th 1889

H. R. Storer M.D.

      Newport R. I.

      Dear Doctor

      I much regret my inability to comply with your request under date of 16th.  I did not receive the medal which was to have been given me and had to swallow my disappointment and be content with "Honorable Mention."  Dr Hodge died of "Heart Disease" soon afterward and I therefore never received an explanation fo the matter concerning the Medal.

                        Yours Very Truly

                        J. Richard Taylor

                              (M.D. Univ of Pa 78)

                              #24 Rutledge St.

Prof. Pathology and Pract. of Medicine Med., Coll. of S.C.

[HRS note at top "H. Lenox Hodge Medal Univ of Pa"]




                             Alfred Stille', M.D.

                                    3900 Spruce Street

                                    Philada. Sept 22d 1889

Horatio R. Storer, M.D.

      Newport, R. I.

My dear Sir,

      I have just read with great interest your paper on "The Medals of Benjamin Rush, Obstetrician" which you presented at the American Medical Association in June of this year.

      In it you say: "Channing seems to have been the first to discover the great suggestion made by Rush, His reference to it in 1848 was apparently perceived by none till Thomas in 1876."  You also give several quotations to prove that Rush's anticipations had been misperceived by the physicians of whom you made inquiry.

      Will you permit me to call your attention to the history of Etherization contained in my Treatise on Therapeutics & Materia Medica (Philad. 1860, vol. ii, p. 163) where I have quoted two passages from Rush which are also cited by yourself.  They were reprinted in each of the four editions of the work between 1860 & 1864.

      I cannot doubt that you will be pleased to have an error corrected in which you were confirmed by so many well-informed persons & I remain

            very respectfully yours

                        Alfred Stille'

HRS note: Answered 23 Sept 1889-Saying had sent statement to Journal of Am   though N. S. _____   & asking about medals of & to Rush


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                              1506 SPRUCE STREET.


Dear Dr. Storer,

      I am in receipt of the copy of "Medals, Jetons & Tokens illustrative of Obstetrics & Gynaecology" you were kind enough to send for which accept my thanks.

                        Very Truly Yours

                              James Tyson [1841-1919]



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                              Central College of

                            Physicians and Surgeons

               Corner New York Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

                              Indianapolis, Ind.

[Letterhead lists faculty, hours, officers, fees, etc.]

                                    Indianopolis, Ind. Oct 2" 1889

H. R. Storer M.D.

      Newport R.I.

Dear Sir,

Your postal card at hand.

I am at a loss to decide whether or not I can give you an intelligent description of the medal which have been issued by our institution.

Medal of 1882. for best examination on diseasses of the chest.

[drawings, notes etc. follow]

      If you desire I can give you the name of the prize winners from 1879 to 1889.

Your card was brief and I hardly knew how to understand it.  I will be glad to give you any further information you desire.

            Very truly,

                  S. E. Earp secy

                  24 1/2 Ky Ave.

[HRS note "answered 30 Cot. 1889 & asked about Waters prize"]



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                                    Oct. 9th 1889

Dr. H. R. Storer;

      Dear Sir,

            Beside the Pare' medal I can find but two other medical medals in my father's collection.  Having no letter press, I have made impressions in sealing wax, which I trust will answer your purpose as well, and which I send you by this mail.

The Pare' medal is of bronze, date 1819.  Depaulis Fecit.  The Jenner medal is not dated.  It is of silver.

On the obverse is the inscription "Eucard Jenner Entdecken Der Schutzinpfung D. 14 Mai 1796."

On the reverse-

"Ehre Sey Gott in Der Hohe ind Frende Auf Eiden"

The third medal is of bronze.  It bears on teh obverse Aesculapius guarding Venus or psssibly Aesculapius and his daughter Hygieia,  A cow, and a lancet summoning what is apparently meant for a vaccine vesicle.

Also the instcrition "La Vaccine MDCCCIV"

"Andrieu Fecit" followed in very small letters by "De Puymamin Di"

       I also send a plaster medallion of Dubois, of which I found several.

                        Yours very truly

                              Arthur(?) C. Martin.

[HRS note "Answered 16 Oct. 1889"]



[Countway -- a copy of this is also in an uncatalogued collection of Bowditch and problems with the first were cleared up somewhat "dosings &"]


                                          Oct 11 1889

Dear Dr

      I have just read your paper on Dr Rush.  It is well done.  You slap pretty hard the two Bigelows & perchance they deserve all you suggest.

      I am gradually coming to the opinion that Rush, if we are to have any physicians monument at Washington, is deserving of that honor, but it is more on account of his other services to the nation than in Medicine.  It is true that I came upon the stage about the time that a protest (process of evolution in Medical thought) was being made against the vile dosings & bleeding of a preceding age and of which Dr Rush was a most strong supporter. "Art and not Nature" was, if I mistake not, his maxim.  But perhaps you may think truly that I was influenced by the opinion of Bigelow, while I agreed with neither in their ultraisms as I thought.  Rush would have kept us bleeders while Bigelow & his followers have induced the profession very foolishly to ignore the lancet wholly.

      In medico tutissimus ibis

            Yours faithfully

                  Henry I Bowditch



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                            UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND,

                              FACULTY OF PHYSIC,

                   N. E. Corner Lombard and Greene Streets.

                                    Baltimore, Oct. 14, 1889

H. R. Storer, M.D.

      Newport, R. I.

            Dear Sir,

      I shall take great pleasure in sending you a copper model of the medals conferred by the Un. of Md. Fac of Physic.  The design is the same in both medals.  In the place of "Chirugisity(?) - Sizemore" in the model stands "MCKew memorial medal" on the other.  I am sorry to have put-off answering your letter for so long a time, but it came just when I was busiest, with the incoming class.  I refer of course to your letter to Prof. Mittenbeger whic was handed me for reply.  I am

                  Yours very truly

                        J(?) Edwin Michael

[HRS note: "ANswered 30 Oct, 1889 & inquired about McKew - & abortion(?) gft or lso"]


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A. V. L. Brokay, M.D.

Office 3200 Lucas Ave.

                              St. Louis, Oct. 29th 1889

Dr. B(?)R. Storer

Newport R. I.

            Dear Sir:

            The Missouri College of Medicinehas offered a very handsome gold medal value about $50.00 to any one who attains perfection (100) in every department.  The medal during fifty years now has bee takin four times, by teh following gentlemen:

      M.V. Brast, M.D. , U.S.A.

      A. R. kieffer, M.D.

      A. V. L. Brokay, M.D.

                              St. Lousi Mo.

      F. C. Witherspoon, M.D.

      Am sorry your card did not receive a more prompt answer, but it was very recently handed me.

                  Very truly,

                        A. V. L. Brokaw, M.D.

[HRS note: "Answered 20 Nov 1889 asking for Description"]



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                              20 Marecury Street


Dr Sir

      I have read with much interest your paper on "The Medals of Benjamin Rush" in the Provincial Medical Journal.  as I have a good sh(?) in bronze of No 1, Could you favor me with a wax or other replica of the Medal No 2 which I have heard of now for the first time.

      If put a a publication very  oth. observation on how altin writing I sh feel additionally obliged for infomation such works as I cant see them recorded in.  I have another 4 papers on our Irish medals in the R Archaeol Societys Journal & hope soon to publish(?) on Irs M Medals.  this series contains a medal of _____  by H_____ .  The Jacob & Carmichal _____ medals. & some of our mecical school prize h _____  buit _____ _____  whetehryou are intersted in them.

                        unreadable saluation

                  W. Frazer, JRCL(?)

                  Member of Council RI Acad & r arch _____  of Ireland

[Note by HRS says answered 7 Nov 1889]



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                              1125 Madison Ave.

                              Baltimore Nov 7th /89

Dr. H.R.Storer

      Newport R.I.

            Dear Doctor,

            In reply to a postal from you asking whether a medical prize medal is issued by the Woman's Med. College of Baltimore I have to say that we give annually to the graduate receiving the highest grade above 90 our of 100 a gold medal of the value of $10.00.  There are several minor prizes but they are not conferred regularly.

      I trust this is the information you desire.   The delay in this answer, has been occaioned by teh fact that the card has just reached.

            Very Truly yours

                  T. A. Ashby M.D. [Thomas ALmond, 1848- ]

            Prof of Obstetrics & Treasure, Womans Medical College of Baltimore.

[HRS note "Answered 14 Nov. - asking for description & impression"]


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                              Central College of

                            Physicians and Surgeons

               Corner New York Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

                              Indianapolis, Ind.

[Letterhead lists faculty, hours, officers, fees, etc.]

                                    Indianopolis, Ind. Nov 10" 1889

H. R. Storer M.D.

      Newport R.I.

Dear Doctor,

      In your recent letter you stated that you would like further details in reference to the Prize Medals, making menion of the "Waters Prize."  I did not clearly understand your meaning.  If you will be more explicit I will be much pleased to give you any information in my power.

      I received a copy of a medical publication which I take it, was sent by you, accept thanks.

            Very respectfully,

                  S. E. Earp M.D.

[HRS note "answered 18 Nov. 1889"]



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Frank Abbott, M.D.

      22 West 40th Street.

Dr. H.R. Storer

      My dear Sir

            I send copper medal by mail today (N. G. C. D.)  I hope it will reach you safely,

                  Yours very truly

                        Frank Abbott [1836-1897]

Dec 11 89

[HRS note  "Medal returned  13 Dec. 1889"]


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                                    Coldwater Mich.

                                          January 28, 1890

Dear Dr

      I have your letter of the 23d inst concerning U.S. Naval Medical medallists.  My attention has not bee very particularly give to this matter and what little I have to give is rather vague.

      A medal was give to Dr (Lawrence) Kearney by Congress for his service in a naval action in the war of 1812.  I believe that medals were given to the medical officers that were engaged in the laying of teh Atlantic Cable and also to the medical officers when the "Reurute"(?) was returned to the British Government.

      These are all that I can recall at present.  Dr Kearney's son resides in Washington adn Dr James Lucas (U.S.N late) also reside there or in Phila.  He was one of the medical officers of the teturned vessel.

      I wish my information were more definite and I trust this will help you in your interesting work.

                        Very sincerely yours

                              T. J. Turner

                                    [HRS's note "Med Div. USN"]

[HRS notes "Wrote Dr Ball 31 Jan asking ans as to letter grant(?)"  "Wrote Surg Gen. Brown 7 Feb."]



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                                    San Frans Feb 28 / 90

Dr. Storer

      My dear Sir

      I greatly regret I am unable to give you the information you desire.

      I would suggest your writing to Mr. Arrington, agent of Wells Fargo at Guadalajara, Mexico.  He is an intelligent and accommodating gentleman and I am sure will give any information in his power.

                        very Respy.

                              H.H. Bancroft



[Naval War College]

Navy Department,

Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

                  Washington, D.C.  March 6th, 1890.

      Dear Doctor:

            Referring to your postal card fo the 1st instant suggesting the procurement of "originals, casts, or other impressions of everthing of the kind pertaining to our own, or foreign navies," &c. for exhibition in the Museum of Hygiene, could you, without much trouble, favor me with a list of the sam , or at least those pertaining to our Navy, as I would be pleased, if practicable, to endorse the suggestion.

            Sincerely yours,

                  John Mills Browne

H. R. Storer, M.D.


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                              ANNALS OF SURGERY.

                               Editorial Rooms.


BROOKLYN                                  March 10, 1890

Doctor H. R. Storer:-

  Dear Doctor,

      You will see by the Report of teh Methodist Episcopal Hospital, which I send by thsi mail, that there is a Nurses' trainign School connected with it.  we want a design for a suitable medal to present the graduates.  Knowing your special familiarity with that branch of art, I venture to write you to ask if you can suggest an appropriate design or put us in teh way of obtaining one.  I hesitate to presume in this way upon your goodness, and trust that you will pardon the liberty I am taking.  Any suggestion you may make, will be gratefully appreciated.  Permit me to reamin, with great respect,

                        Very truly yours

                              L. S. Pilcher

[HRS note "Answered 24 March 1890" "plot(?) a Hospital"]




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                                 708 CHESTNUT.

                                          Louisville, Ky.

My dear Dr Storer,

      The only medal that has ever been issued by the University of Louisville of which I have any knowledge was one that the Faculty had struck some years ago in memory of my Father and was called the Yandell Medal.  There was no Gilbert connected with the University at the tie you speak of.  If you care to have a copy of the one I allude to, I shall be glad to have it made and forwarded to you.

            Yours very truly

                  D. W. Yandell [David Wendell, 1826-1898]

[HRS note "Answered 27 March 1890"  "wrote 25 nov 1890"]




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                             No. 145 Gates Avenue,

                                Brooklyn, N.Y.



10-12 A.M.                                      March 25, 1890

Dr H. R. Storer:-

Dear Doctor,

      Pleast to accept my thanks for your very kind, prompt and full reply to my request for help in the matter fo a design for a badge or medal for hte graduates from our Nurses training School.  I shall certainly remember to send you a specimen of whatever medal is finally adopted.  I do not know anything about the Long Island College Hosital medals, of which you speak, but I will inquire about them, and if possible secure impressions of them for you.  Permit me to reamin, with great respect,

                        Sincerely yours

                              L. S. Pilcher. [Lewis stephen, 1845-1934]



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                              Balt. April 17, '90

Dear Doctor:

      The Collegium Baltimorium Etc., to which you refer is probably the "Baltimore Female College"--not a medical institution.  The principal is a Dr. N. H(?)(sic) Brooks, an old educator here.  His son, Dr Horace A. Brooks is one of the Editors of the Baltimore Sun.  Whetehr the old gentleman is still living, I don't know.  His son would doubtless answer any inquiries.

      Dr. Geo W. Massamore is a dentist here.  He is also very much interested in out-door sports & recently took some good prizes at the bench show here.  I see him occasionally & will mention your reference to him.

      Dr. Louis W. Knight of this city is somewhat interested in numismatics.  I presume you know that though.

      Shall we see you at Nashville?

                  Very truly yrs

                        George H. Rohe [ROBE, George H]

Dr H R Storer


[Brown University Library]

                              Committee on Finance,

                                    United States Senate,

                                          May 2nd., 1890

My dear Sir:-

      I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 29th ultimo.  I shall oppose by my influence and vote the proposition to transfer the Fish Commission to the Agricultural Department.  I agree with you fully that the greatest usefulness can be secured through an independent organization.

                              Very truly yours,

                              Nelson W. Aldrich

Mr. H.R. Storer,

      President Newport Natural History Society,

            Newport, R.I.



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                              May 30, 1890

Dear Sir

      I have your letter of the 11th inst., & have pleasure in sending the following particulars.

Keith Obv. bust to sinister. ...

Murray ...

Jamieson ...

Manschal College ...

                  Yours faithfully

                        P. J. Anderson [Peter John, 1852-1926]

P.S.  I will try to get details of Shepherd, Duncan, & Struthers Medals.

[HRS note "Acknowledged 13 May 1892

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                              Halifax N.S.

                                    Aug. 14th 1890

Dear Doctor:

      In my search for a watch, n this city, I stumbled upon numismatic information that pobbibly may be of use to you.

1) R. Y. Le Pine, 14 Gottingen St. Halifax (Foreman in M. S. Brown's jewelry establishment) has a collection of about 180 pieces, which he is desirous of showing ot some expert.  His object, I imagine, is to effect a sale, if possible.

2) Mr. John Caffaro, of Terence Bay (about 21 miles from Halifax), has at least 60 pieces (gold, silver and copper) which he is anxious to sell.  A letter addressed to no 2 Poplar Grove, Halifax, will reach him, and he will gladly bring his coins with him when he makes his semi-weekly visits to Halifax, if so desired.

 3) Dr. Farrell speaks of having discovered somebody who has numismatic tendencies, and who therefore may be of service to you.

      Thanks to your cards of introduction I have been received most cordially by Dr. Farrell and Dr Parker,  Dr Almon is absent form the city.

      With kind regards to Mrs Storer and your daughter, I remain

                        yours sincerely

                        Albert H. Buck

Dr Horatio Storer -




                                          St. John's Nfld

                                          September 20 1890


My dear Dr. Storer

      I had been halting between two opinions as to whether I would trouble you with a letter when yours by last mail reached me.  First let me say in reply that we were all very sorry to see such exaggerated reports of the diphtheria at Red Bay in foreign papers but we guessed pretty accurately how they had been manufactured.  What I wished to write you about was the state of affairs on board the "Volunteer" and to tell you how sorry I am that you did not make the trip in the "Conscript" instead.  On the voyage succeeding that round the Island (which you made) a gentleman that I know well went West in the "Volunteer" and on his return in reply to some queries as to the table &c. I learned that things were about as bad and unsatisfactory as they cold be.  This led me to make a careful investigation with the result that I learned that you and your family in common with many others must have suffered very great discomfort from the sheer neglect on part of our cooks & stewards.  I may sat at the outset that beyond a survey of other parts of the Steamers on the morning of sailing to ensure their starting clean & tidy I am able to know little of them except from the reports of those that travel by them & from these I believed them to be all that can be expected from small steamers engaged in the trade that they are and carrying passengers at an average rate of less than $3.00 per day in the Saloon.  Every thing depends upon the Chief Steward under whom all the other Stewards & the Cooks are, and for the "Volunteer" we engaged a man in England to whom we are paying exactly double the wages of the Chief Steward in the "Conscript" and who came to us with the highest testimonials from previous employers.  Having been favorably impressed by him and having the greatest confidence in him I felt which I heard no complaints that things must be going well and I believed this when I advised you to go in her.  For the short comings in the table and for any want of cleanliness the Chief Steward alone is responsible as his requisitions for provisions of all kinds & for fresh linen &c are always filled & he knows that he can get every thing that this market will supply & of the best quality.  For one thing that worries me a good deal he is not to be blamed & that is the presence of cockroaches/  Everything that infinity can suggest we have tried to get rid of these pests but they seem to become only more numerous.  We are using Keatings powder freely on board whenever we can do so and I shall make an effort this winter to freeze them out.  Rats too I hear complained of & would like to poison or smoke them out but I am afraid to try the former plan & time will not allow the latter at present as the ship would have to be painted and varnished throughout afterwards.  As soon as I heard of the Volunteer's short comings & convinced myself that the complaints were just I had the Chief Steward up in my office & rated him soundly & pointed out what changes must be made at once if he wished to retain his position.  I am now watching him sharply ____ hear of a very considerable improvement unless this continues & the ship is made what I hear the "Conscript" really is he will go and I shall get another Steward.  Capt Delaney & Mr Pike ought to have informed me about these matters and I spoke seriously to both about neglecting to do so but had the passengers whom I interviewed from time to time been quite frank and had they told me how things really were it would have been greatly for our benefit as well as that of the traveling public on our West Coast.  It would be quite useless for me to travel on our Steamers as a means of finding out how things are done as it is quite certain that while I was on board all short comings would be rectified.  I can depend only upon those who travel by them and if they will frankly tell me of any thing that need correction they may be sure that it will be altered without their names being used.  Regarding your suggestion as to Mr Coffey I believe he would fill well the post you name but while if any fault be proved against an officer in our Service, I would not shrink from dismissing him on any consideration whatever on the other hand I am bound to consider that such a step means ruin to the man discussed as he would probably never be employed again and it would not be justified in taking it without proper cause.  Of course the safety of the passengers who travel by the ship & of the ship itself is my first thought and it may be that I may have to make a change such as you indicate but I am giving it the careful consideration & investigation that a really grave measure calls for.  With an apology for troubling you with a long story and with kind regards to Mrs Storer and your daughter

                  Very faithfully I am

                  Alick Harvey



Malcolm Storer Passport dated 4th February 1890  age 27  5 feet 8 inches




                              Nov. 14th 1890

Dear Dr. Storer,

      I am very much obliged for your kind note about my Birds of Va.  I have been much gratified by the many kind letters I have received about it.  I am sorry that I did not see you more frequently during October, but was a good deal occupied, besides having the Hospital.  I regret to say I had a confinement case then, which resulted fatally, the woman a primipara 42 years of age entered the Hospital in labor & I apprehended no trouble.  In the afternoon of the same day she had a convulsion and I delivered her of a living child with the forceps, but she had a very feeble pulse & bad breathing and died an hour after delivery with some symptoms of pulmonary thrombosis, apparently more from exhaustion than uraemia.  She also had some haemorrhage but hardly enough to have caused the fatal result.  Hoping that you are continuing to feel the good effects of your summer travels, I am.

                              Yours sincerely

                              Wm C.[abel] Rives  [honorary pall bearer--Newport physician probably.  No early reference to him.]


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[huge list of faculty, etc. including Peter D. Keyser, A.M., M.D., Dean & professor of Ophthal]

                  Philadelphia, Ps., Dec. 14, 1890

H.R. Storer M.D.-

                  Newport R. I.

  Dear Doctor

            Our Secretary Prof. Montgomery has handed me your letter of Nov. 8th for answer.

      The Faculty of this College give two medals which are the same in size & patter, of gold.  One for the highest average above 90 in the final examination for the degree, and the other for the best Thesis found worthy of a prize.

Description:  A gold medal 1 1/2 inches diameter - 2. m.m. thick.

Obverse - A column around which a serpent is entwined; on the top a rooster.  Under teh column the motto in Greek ...

On the outer edge is Collegium Medico Chirurgicum Philadelphieuse.

Reverse  is engraved Faculty or Thesis Prize and the name of receiver and date.

                  I have the honor to be

                              very truly yours

                              Peter D. Keyser


[HRS note "Answered 16 Dec 1890"]



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Dr. Ruschenberger,

      1932 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.

            Dec. 25, 1890 - Night.

Dr H R. Storer

      Newport R.I.

  Dear Doctor;

            Yours of the 12th I had the pleasure to receive on the 13th inst.

      I regret that I am not able to give you any reliable information in the line of your research, except to assure you, there is no medical institution in Philadelphia, known as the "1-College of Physicians and Surgeons Philad." as  you write.

      "The College of Phusicians of Philadelphia" is the title of an old Medical Society.  I am not aware of any medal in connection with it; nor "A student's badge," because "Students" were unknow in its organization.  That you may acquire all I know about the College of Physicians of Philadelphia I send with this a copy of an account of it, prepared by me, for the clebration of the centennial anniversary of its foundation.  I request you will, after you have no further use for it, be pleased to present it to the NEwport Historical Society, where it may be useful for reference in the future to visitors to its library.

      I am not qualified, I regret I am coerced by condition today, to aid your inquiry.  You know, octogenarians are not valuable recurits in any corps of a scientific or other army,a dnfor this reason I beg to be excused form further survice - expectant of course- with a promise, however, that if aught likely to be of use to you folks in my way within a reasonable tiem I will be pleased t tell you of it.

      In the copy of "An Account of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia" herewith sent, I have noted with pencil some typographical errors, and in the roll of fellows, added dates of deaths which have occurred since the publication of the volume.  My experience of teh difficulties in obtainin precise information while compiling it enables me I think to fairly appreciate the labor you have expended in your present enterprise.

                  Very truly yours

                  WSW Ruschenberger [William Samuel Waithman, 1807-1895]

[HRS note "Answered 31 Dec. 1890"]




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Dear Dr. Storer,

      Here is a clipping from the Providence Journal of Monday, 22, inst.  Perhaps it is of interest in connection with the subject of your inquiries of the last meeting of the Newport Medical Society.     I called on a Boston lawyer a few days ago and copied from the Massachusetts Statutes "Chapter 81, Of the Promotion of Anatomical Science."

      On Miss Storer's return at her convenience I shall be glad to render such service as she may need.   I hope that Mrs. Storer and yourself are having a pleasant holiday season.  We are well and favored with many blessings here.

                  Sincerely yours,

                        C. A. Brackett.

102 Touro St.

Dec. 28, 1890.



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                              19 EAST 38TH STREET

                                   NEW YORK

                                          Jan 26th 1891.

Dear Doctor:

      Please accept my thanks for the numismatic articles which you were kind enough to send me.  From the clerk of the college I ascertained the names of some of the recent recipients of Harsen medals, and soon succeeded in borrowing one for a few days.  I then had photographs taken of both sides -- one from the actual medal, the other from the engraving in Dalton's history of teh college (p. & S.).  I enclose these photographs, which, though very small, are yet distinct enough to enable you - by the aid of a hand lens - to amke the desired comparisons.  My impression is, that you will agree with me that Mueller modeled his design form the photograph of you you now have a coy.  The seaving out of a single figure does not, I think, invalidate this assumption.  By the way, Dalton does not "fully describe" the medal at all.  He simply gives the history of how the prize came to be founded by Dr Harsen.

      Just now I am too much driven by other work to hunt up the data which you desire in regard to other medals.  A little later, when a lull comes, I will endeavor to get further light for you.

      With kind regards to your wife and daughter, I remain

                        Yours sincerely

                        Albert H. Buck  [Albert Henry - 1842-1922]

Dr H. R. Storer.

[HRS note: "Answered 3 Feb. 1891"]



Washington, D.C., 15 April, 1891

      My Dear Dr Storer   I have on a number of occasions been favored by you with news-paper articles of interest.

      I enclose you one which has engaged my attention

      I trust we shall have the pleasure of seeing you in Washington to the meeting of the A. M. A early in May.  If you come I hope you will bring your wife but particularly your daughter with you.  My complmts to both.

                              Yours truly

[Answered 25 April 1891]                                    J.M. Toner




                  Henry O. Marcy, M.D.

                  116 Boylston Street, New No. 336& 338} until 10 A.M.

                  "Sunnyside." 714 Main Street, Cambridge, from 2 to 4 P.M.

                              Boston, May 11 1891

Dear Dr. Storer

      I inclose you a slip cut form Dr Kellys Bulletin for April of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Is not this your method of "pocketing the pedicle" described and widely published years ago?[! get his JAMA article and other writing,  Look for his manuscripts.]


                        Henry O. Marcy

[HRS: Answered 17 May 1891]


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                             U. S. Naval Hospital,

                                Brooklyn, N. Y.


Dear Doctor Storer:

      I regret very much that I have not got the medallion, plaque or copy of them of B.R.  Please say to Rush that I shall be greatly obliged to him, if he will try to get upon the track of it.  I am having slow work with the Monument and the best I now hope to do is to erect a memorial bust of heroic size - so that a copy of the medallion to which you refer would be of service to me.

      By the by, Are you not willing to cooperate with me in the getting material aid for the Monument, as Chairman of a Rush Monument Committe of the State of Rhode Island?  A number of enthusiastic admirers of Rush have undertaken thsi work in other States.  and I shall be grateful to you for your efficient _____ in your own State.  I inclose form of circular, which we have prepared, as an appeal to the members of teh profession in the several States.  The State Chairman is, however, at liberty to adopt his own method, _____ his own circulars, and do whatever he thinks best, conditioning only that he shall defray all necessary expenses out of the funds he may collect.

                  Faithfully yours

                  Albert L. Givon

                        Medical Director U.S. Navy

                              In Charge of Hospital.


[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                                    500 Broad Street

                                          Providence, Dec. 12/91

Dear Doctor:

      As requested in your note of the 7th. inst. I have asked Mr. S.S. Rider about the Richardson medal.  Mr. Rider says that he has no recollection of such a medal, & thinks that you are mistaken in regard to his sending it to Newport.

      If you recall circumstances that would be further help in tracing the medal, let me know & I will inquire again

                        Sincerely yours

                              G.D. Hersey



[Ethel-October 1993]

                                          St. John's Nfld

                                          December 14 1891


My dear Dr. Storer

            Many thanks for your note of 1st inst and for your kind thought of us in reference to the loss of the S.S. "Volunteer".  I am glad to say that Capt Delaney was in no degree to blame.  On a fine day when about to leave Port he telegraphed the order to the Engineer Room "full speed astern."  The Engineer by some extraordinary oversight which he cannot explain repeated the order rightly but set the engines going full speed ahead & when the order was repeated from the bridge & the danger signal was rung he lost his nerve & did not reverse his engines.  The Steamer went ashore & became a total wreck losing the Underwriters about a hundred thousand dollars for which she was insured and causing us no end of worry & inconvenience.  Happily no lives were lost and this is the only bright spot in the affair.  We are about to build a larger and finer Steamer to take up the service & incantrin? are putting on a somewhat smaller one.  We hope to have the new one ready some time in April.  I think in may ways we have improved since you were a passenger.  I got clear of the cock-roaches & instituted some other needed reforms.  I beg that you will give my best regards to Mrs & Miss Storer and wishing you & them the best blessings of the approaching Christmas Season

                              Very faithfully  I am

                              Alick Harvey

H. Storer Esq M.D.

      Newport R.I.


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                         Royal College of Physicians.

                                 London, S.W.

                                    29 December, 1891

My dear Sir,

      I enclose the papers relating ot the Two Medals given by this College as Trustees. (Baly & Maxon)

      The President is also on a Committee which awards the Fothergillian Gold Medal of the Medical Society of London  Chandos Street   Cavendish Square W.

for informatio apply to the Secretary of that Society.

      Some years ago the Society of Apothecaries   Blackfriars  Lonndon, E.C.

used to award a very fine gold medal for Botany - Sir Alfred Garson MD and Mr. Masters, F.R.S., I remember to have received it.

      Whether it is still give or not I do not know.  You could hear I daresay by writing to the Secretary.

      I think at one time they gave one for Materia MEdica also.

      I can't recall at this time any others.

                              Faithfully yours

                              Edw Liveing, MD [LIVELING, Edward 1832-1919]

                              Fell. & Registrar

[HRS Notes: "Acknowledged 13 Jan 1891(sic) & asked as per _____ of the Medal"  other medal-related notes in tiny handwriting that could be deciphered from the original]



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Feb. 27, 1892

                              94, Gloucester Place,

                                    Portman Square, w.

Dear Sir,

      Dr J. P. Weber is the most learned numismatist in the department you mention.  I have spoken to him & he will gladly write to you.

                        Yours sincerely,

                        Norman Moore [MOORE, Sir Norman, bart. 1847-1922]

Dr H R Storer-

[HRS notes: "Sent Dr Weber Obst & _____  pamph. & slip. 15 March 1892"  also below signature "of St Bartholomew's Hosp. mentioned by Dr Donald MacAllister of St. John's College - Cambridge" also "Acknowledged temp(?) & V. F> D. Saber"]


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                              Prado 115

                              Habana June 20/92

Dr H.R. Storer

Newport R.I.

      My Dear Doctor.

Your favor of the 9th(?)inst has been duly recd. with inclosures also your postal of the 11th for all of which please to accept my thanks.

      I regret exceedingly to be compelled to confess again that your pamphlet has not reached me much to my disappointment.

      In regard to your inquiry with respect to medals and tokens I will transmitt it to our Corresponding Society in Madrid, inviting their collaboration in securing a list of such as they have means of information and will transmitt to you their response whatever it may be, and hope it may be such as to gratify your honorable aspiration.  I will also speak of your request to Dr Santos Fernandez and ask him to publish it in hi periodical; the "Cronica Medica"

      As he is an industrious member of our Board I have frequent occasions to meet him.

      Yours fraternally

            Erastus Wilson

[HRS note: "acknowledged 27 June 1892"]




[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

      Letter from M. Harvey describing death of his son which occurred before the Aug 23d 92 fire described in the following letter, since the widow of that son is discussed in the latter.



[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                                          St. John's N.F.

                                          Aug 23d 92

Dear Dr. Storer,

      Many thanks for your kind sympathetic letter regarding the great calamity which has fallen on our city.  The blow is terrible and far-reaching, and its consequences will be felt for years to come.  The middle classes are by far the greatest sufferers.  Public charity has provided fairly well for the poor, and the labouring classes: but the middle class can have no help rom this source, and having little insurance will suffer heavily.  The capitalists are fairly covered, though many of them will lose from $20,000 to $70,000.  All our public institutions are destroyed, also many of our academies and schools, and will only be able to get along in a lame way for years to come.  Not even our public hall reading room or club room is spared.  The Athenaeum is a great public loss.  Fifteen years ago, after a long struggle in which I took a principal part, we succeeded in getting it erected.  We had a capital library of 7000 vols. a fine  concert hall etc.  All are now in ashes.  Our civilization is put back a quarter of a century.  I notice already public spirit is paralyzed, it is every one for himself.  People hardly know how they stand and dread the future.  Our church suffers heavily.  We were pretty well insured but the congregation is scattered and considerably weakened in contributing power.  The burnt part of the city is a ghastly depressing sight, made worse even by the sight of a number of wretched shanties going up amid the chimney stalks and debris.  Life socially will be another thing for a long time to come.

      The amount of charitable assistance poured in is astounding, and gives one a better opinion of human nature.  I think quite enough for all immediate wants has been received.  It can hardly be expected that in a place like Newport and at such an exciting time any great amount of help could be looked for: nor do I think that now it would be desirable to make any appear.  I fully appreciate you generous efforts to awaken public sympathy.

      In Decronslaw(?) we had a very narrow escape, and no one expected for a moment that it would be saved.  We did all we could to fight the fire but had little hope of success.  We had out all that was portable, but on the whole lost little by breakages or by being stolen.  Dr. Alf lost everything.  Fortunately his wife and children were in country quarters, his town house was in the centre of the fire region and he saved only a few trinkets.  He had a fine medical library.  All is gone together with his instruments.  He lost his own and wife's & children's clothing etc.  NO a second coat left.  He was insured for only $2000, about half value.  He is now with us, but has got a furnished house at $150 per month.

      My wife and I went through the excitement well and took no harm.  I was a t work from 5 P.M. till 4 A.M.: got two hours sleep and was work telegraphing at 8 o'C.  Looking back I don't know how I stood the labour etc.  My daughter in law, poor Charley's widow, escaped.  But from the excitement and exposure has had a bad attack of pleurisy from which she is slowly recovering.  I have resumed my old habits pretty much as before, but feel life less "worth living."  Capn. Delany is all right.  I shall commit your sympathies to the others as I see them.  It is difficult to find any one now.

      With kindest regards to Mrs. Storer and yourself in which my wife joins.  Ever sincerely yrs.

                        M.[A.?] Harvey.


[Naval War College]

                  U.S. Naval War College and Torpedo School,

                      Newport, R. I.  September 17, 1892.

      Dr. Horatio R. Storer

            58 Washington St. Newport, R.I.

My dear Sir:-

            I am ashamed to have so long delayed acknowledging your letter of the 4th with enclosures.  The neglect has been due to my putting it carefully away out of sight - so that, with my preoccupations, it has been constantly forgotten.  The medals are most valuable, and will, I hope, prove the beginning of a collection that in the future will possess both value and interest.  I beg to thank you most sincerely for your thought of the College.

                        Very truly yours,

                        A[lfred]. T[hayer]. Mahan




[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                                    107 East 45th St.

                                    14 Nov. 1892.

Dr. H.R. Storer,

      Dear Sir,

            I thank you very much for your note and the information you give me in reference to the poems your daughter possesses in MSS. of De. Parsons.  We have most of those you mention.

      I am not collecting my brother-in-law's works, but only his Dante translation.

      A selection of his poems are being collected by his sister Mrs. Geo. Lunt, and will be published in due course of time.

      My wife send her kindest remembrances to you.

                                    Yours Sincerely

                                    Luigi Montin




                                    St. John's N. F.

                                    Dec. 29th 1892

Dear Doctor Storer,

            It was a great pleasure to  me to receive your letter of the 11th instant; and to find that you and your's are in the enjoyment of good health.

      I see by the clipping you enclose that you were the chief and almost the only contributor in Newport to the St. John's relief fund.  Thre are so many similar cases occurring constantly that the wonder is there was such a liberal response to the appeal made on behalf of St. John's.  I have been quite astonished at the stream of charity which flowed in upon us from all quarters when the nature and extent of our calamity became known.  It gives one a better opinon of human nature.  In money food and clothing the amount of relief two manths ago was over $300,000.  Since then more has been received and the British Government have sent $72,000; so that the total is over $400,000.  On the whole the Relief Committee distributed the public bounty carefully and judiciously, and it immensely releived the wide-spread suffering of our people.  What the poorer portion would have done without such aid it is difficult ot imagine.  I believe no case of genuine suffering was left unrelieved.  The sumpathy displayed breathed fres courage into the hearts of the people.  The work of re-building is going on rapidly; and in tow or three years, teh greater part of the burnt district wil be restored.  Still the terrible blow to the progress and prosperity of the colony will long be felt.

      I dare say you are right in explaining the cause of your city failing to respond to the appeal.  I think the fact of it being the presidential year has much to do with the comparatively small amounts sent on from the great cities of the U.S.  Men's minds were filled with the excitement of the political conflict.  Still a large amount was received from that quarter.  We got lately 12 barrels filled with second hand clothing collected by some friends in New York and Waterbuury--some very nice articles among them.

      My wife and I were able to aid a large number of poor families by distributing this clothing among them.  We also got a box of clothing from some ladies in Philadelphia  I did not hear of any other amounts being sent from Newport, and if the Episcopalians collected, the proceeds would probably be sent here to Bishop Jones to help in rebuilding the Cathedral.  We shall not commence re-building our church till May next.  We have a snug little mission church in which we worship now.

      In regard to the lobster incubators--Mr. Nielson took out no patent for them either here or elsewhere.  There construction is an open secret, you or any one may use them freely.  Canada has adopted the system.  All doubt about the success is removed.  I enclose a clipping showing our operations for 1892.  As soon as Mr. Nielsen's report for this year is published I shall send you a copy.  I dare say from a description of the incubators you could constructone, of course a model would be better.  I have no doubt Mr. Nielsen would sen you one for the mere cost of construction, about $2 1/2.  Did I send you last year's report?  If not le me know.  A paper of mine read at the last meeting of the Royal Society of Canada on the Artificial Propagation of Marine fishes and edible crustaceans will be published in a few days.  I shall send you a copy.  It excited much attention.

      Mr. Smiths address is

      A.G. Smith Esq


      Remie's Mill Road.

      The invalid boy is living still and in much the same condition.

      I regret to say diptheria is still prevalent, but not in epidemic form.  One of my grandchildren (poor Charley's eldest girl) was seized with it a fortnight ago.  The attack was very light and she is already well and was out today for the frist time.  The overcrowding in the west end of the city has probably comething to do with the present recrudescence.  It is a horrible disease.

      Mrs. Harvey and I have pleasant memories of your visit here and cordially reciprocate you own and Mrs. Storer's kindly greetings and good wishes.

      Our great sorrow which occurred so soon after you left us, always associates its sad memories with that time.  We must "wait the great teacher death" before we can obtain a key to these mysteries.

      My wife and I enjoy good health.

      Wishing you and your's a happy new year

            Ever sincerely your's

                  M. Harvey


[Countway - 1994]

                                          Mch 11 1893

                                          12, Queen Anne Street,

                                                Cavendish Square, W.


Dear Sir

      Replying to your letter of 28 Feb: 93.  I gladly comply with your request as far as _____ in my power.

      Rubbings of the medal, on account of its high relief, ar not fesible: I send therefore two wax impressions - the best I can obtain at so short a notice.  With plaster of Paris you will, I think, get very _____ "positives" of the medal.

      I enclose a leaf from the Guys College Calendar; I dont think I have anything to add, unless it is that the subject, shich by the deed of gift we have the power to change- will be shortly changed;  THe preent one but pres sutine an efficient scope for exanmintao for so valuable a prize.

      The Prize was founded by my Mother in memory of my father a few years before her death:  the Treasurer & Govs of teh Hospital being the Trustees of teh Fund.

      The Medal was made& the well known from it to you.(?)(?)

                              Believe me

                                    Dear Sir

                                    Faitly yrs

                              C. H. Golding-Bird [Cuthbert Hilton, Golding-Bird - 1848-




[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                                          B. Wladimiskaja 28

                                          15 March 1893

[HRS note: Wrote 25 Oct. 1893]

My dear Dr. Storer

I have received your letter in Kiev, where I am for two months here & president of Medical examinations committee of the University.  I shall return St Petersburg on the 10th of March.

      I thank you sincerely for your kind attention to my work.  I shall be very glad if your son Dr. Malcolm Storer would be willing to undertake the arrangements of the translation in English language of my manual, for the United States and Great Britain.

      After my return in Petersburg I shall send you your Russian medals, also medicals, one edition published 10 years ago by Archaeological Society in Petersburg.

      With my most sincere wishes for your health and happiness.

      I am yours very faithfully

                  J. Lasarewidtcz



[Naval War College]

                                    Naval War College

                                          Newport R. I. May 21st [1893]

My dear Doctor,

      Can you give me the name and address of any regular makers of cases for medals?

      I find the only way to make a collection grow is to put them on Exhibition.  I have received two facsimiles of medals commemorating the fight bewteen the Enterprise & Boxer and the Hornet & Penguin and with the medals you gave, these may make the nucleus of a collection of naval medals of value and interest.

                              Yours truly

                                    C H. Stockton


                                                U.S. Navy

Dr. Storer

Washington St Newport RI.

[HRS note: Answered 24 May 1893]


[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                            University of Edinburgh

                                    June 12th 1893

My dear Sir,

      I duly received your letter of April 7th and being wholly ignorant of the subject of medals, & greatly occupied with my ordinary work, have not been able to do much in compliance with your request.  But I have made inquiries in various directions, & have been relieved to find that evidently other friends of yours are at work, for I have been met with _____ that _____ was being sen elsewhere _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ to reach you.

      Dr. Malcolm's wife died a few years ago, & I am at present attending him.  He is 85 and become very brittle(?).  But he was much gratified when _____ _____ _____ regarding his welfare.

      I look back with pleasure to the little service I was able to do for you & Mrs Storer when you were in Edinburgh.

      By the way if you have been to Black wood's _____ for I_____ you will see a little paper of mine on a subject wh. may interest you."h_____ on Medicine(?) in Scotland in the days of Queen Mary."  It is practically a _____ of the address I gave as President of the _____ Society last April.

                        With kind regards I remain

                              Yours very truly

                        T[homas] Granger Stewart


[Mass. Hist. Soc. - Agnes Autograph Collection]

                              Bowdoin College

                              Brunswick, Me.

                                          June 27, 1893

Miss Abby M Storer

      476 Boylston St

            Boston Mass.

Dear Miss Storer,

      It gives me great pleasure to inclose a recent vol of our Trustees and Overseers, in recognition of your generous and valued gift to our College.

                        Very truly yours

                              Wm W. Hyde [What was the gift?]



[Harvard Archives]

                             Executive Department

                             City of Newport, R.I.

                                Mayor's Office

                                          Aug 22nd 1893


      Dr. H.R. Storer M.D.

            Dear Sir,

You are hereby appointed a delegate to represent this city at The Pan-American Medical Congress which will be held in the city of Washington, D.C. Sept 5th, 6, 7, & 8th proximo.  Hoping that you will accept the appointment and Go, I am

                        Yours sincerely

                              J.W. Horton



[Countway - 1994]

                              6, Upper King Street,


Dr. H. R. Storer


            Rhode Island,


      Yours of August 16th has been duly received by Mr. Richardson and he has requested me to answer it on his behalf, and I think if you can give me some further particulars of the nature of the details you require about medals issued by the Pharmaceutical & some other allied societies of London I can can obtain the information as I am also a member of the Pharmaceutical Society, and a fellow of hte Chemical & Linnean Society of London.

      Of course it is a little difficult to obtain information concerning medals issued 50 years ago but I have already written concerning these and if fortunate will forward you the information as soon as it reaches me.

      The Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain issue the following medals yearly. ...

      If you will let me know I should be very pleased to give you any information that lays in my power.

      In conclusion I may say I am Laboratory Manager & Analyst with Messrs J Richardson & fo(?) of this town

                  Yours very sincerely

                        Lewis Augh [Ough, Lewis ]

[HRS notes "Answered 10 Oct. 1893"  "Wrote to my former pharmacists 10 Oct, 1893 & Sent rubbing of R_____"  "Sent July prog"]





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                       THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF MEDICINE,

                       Nos. 17, 19 & 21 West 43d Street.

          Instituted January 6th, 1847.  Incorporated June 23d 1851.

                              New York Oct. 30 1893

Dr. Horatio R. Storer

            Dear Doctor -

I have received your favor of the 26th inst. I beg your pardon if you think I tried to elude you, on the contrary I looked for you to call on me in the Library daily, after your visit in the evening with your ladies.  I was in the Library and if you had come in the Library you would have found me at my post.  I inclose rubbings of the medals we have in the Library others than those you saw.

                        Yours most respectfully

                              John S. Brownne

[HRS notes: "Answered 23 Dec. 1893 & sent rubbings of the NY" others that probably could be read on the original]



                                                Chicago, Nov. 36 93

Dear Dr. Storer,

      I hope you have not thought I had forgotten you & your interest in medals.

      I found the case cld. not be opened or taken from the wall during the Exposition.

      I wrote a note last week to Mrs Cope, the lady in charge of the British exhibits in the Womans Building, & was answered by Mrs. A.A. Bond formerly a trained nurse (English) now the wife of a physician here living at 4802 Lake Ave. Kenwood.

      She asked me to come to her house to see them last eve'g.  She had them all out of the case & as I had numbered them as thy hung, I c'ldn't tell them now except by my description to you & memory.

      I tried to trace them on paper, with very poor success as very few were flat.  I send you the paper, perhaps you can med our something.  I made out the marginal letters & on the reverse.

      I hadn't any magnifying glass or millimeter measure.

      Mrs Bond gave me the address of Miss De Pledge & advised your writing to her, perhaps she can give you "prints or photos."  She is the lady who got up the exhibit and she knows what they all are & everything about them.

      She was here in the summer & was visiting Mrs Bond, & you can use Mrs B's name.

      Miss De Pledge will be much pleased that her little exhibit has been of so much interest & attracted your notice.  She is an officer in the Chelsea Infirmary, I forget just what.

      The medal given by Dr Morrell Mackenzie was not there & it didn't seem to me that Mrs Bond has all of them.  But this was all I could do.  Mrs B. tried to draw one wh. I enclose.  This doesn't give any idea how pretty they are.

I rec'd yr. pamphlets.  I'm afraid Newport won't do for us, too cold & too little business.  I shall be here this month anyway.  Regards to Mrs S.

                                    Yrs. truly

                                    A. E. Tyng

[acknowledged 9 nov 1893]



[Ethel-October 1993]

                                                      Harvard University,

                                                Cambridge, February 21st, 1894

Dear Dr. Storer,

      I will talk with some of the leaders of the Medical Faculty about the very original and interesting suggestion contained in your note of February 20th.  I am in pretty much your condition in regard to the Medical Faculty, except that I of course know personally all of its members; but there is only one person now in the Medical Faculty that was in it when I first joined that Faculty, and he had no vote in 1869.  The rest are all new-comers within my time.  Indeed, as I had occasion to state in a public meeting last night at Sanders Theatre, our of 385 gentlemen connected with Harvard University as fellows, teachers, librarians, etc., there are only six with whose selection or promotion I have not been concerned.

      Your son John has been of great service to us in connection with the coin collection in the College Library.  The entire collection is now well catalogued and well mounted.  It does not grow as fast as we could wish; but it is in a thoroughly creditable condition.

                              Very truly yours,

                                    Charles W. Eliot

H. R. Storer, M.D.


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                        BOSTON, Apr 17 1894

Dear Prof St