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The American Revolution in Alexandria, Virginia: Upheaval in George Washington’s Hometown

Alexandria, Virginia, is well known as George Washington’s hometown, but its role during the American Revolution is not widely understood. Like the rest of... The post The American Revolution in Alexandria, Virginia: Upheaval in George Washington’s...

Coronavirus 2020? Nope. The Speckled Monster of 1764

In January 1764, a “speckled monster” struck Boston, forcing businesses to shutter and residents to isolate themselves in their homes or flee the city... The post Coronavirus 2020? Nope. The Speckled Monster of 1764 appeared first on Journal...

Lessons from an Outbreak: Smallpox in the Hudson Highlands, 1781

On January 20, 1781, near New Windsor in the Hudson Highlands of New York, Dr. Samuel Adams wrote a brief entry in the diary... The post Lessons from an Outbreak: Smallpox in the Hudson Highlands, 1781 appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Historic Hostility and the Search for a Smallpox Vaccine.

A guest post by Jo Willet As the Coronavirus crisis continues, seemingly daily we get news of the scramble to find a vaccine and ineffective antibody tests. Today we have a guest blog by Jo Willet pointing out the parallels between the search for a vaccine...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 27 Apr 2020

“My face is finely ornamented”

Childhood diseases like mumps, measles, and whooping cough were serious but commonplace during the eighteenth century. Epidemics, occurring seemingly at random, were much more alarming. One of the most feared diseases was smallpox because of its relatively...
From: In the Words of Women on 13 Apr 2020

“fix an innoculating hospital in their metropolis”

Continuing with posts about epidemics in America during the colonial and early national periods in the age of the coronavirus. Some parents today do not want their children to receive certain vaccinations fearing they may cause conditions like autism....
From: In the Words of Women on 10 Apr 2020

“busily employd in communicating the Infection”

Another view of the smallpox epidemic in 1776. Having returned to Cambridge from Concord, HANNAH WINTHROP wrote to her friend MERCY OTIS WARREN in July after the British had evacuated Boston in March. Last Saturday afternoon we went into Boston the first...
From: In the Words of Women on 8 Apr 2020

“Boston . . . busily employd in communicating the Infection”

Having returned to Cambridge from Concord, HANNAH WINTHROP wrote to her friend MERCY OTIS WARREN in July 1776. She described the condition of her home, the reopening of Harvard, and life in Boston after the British evacuation (pictured) on March 17. Last...
From: In the Words of Women on 1 May 2018

“The Doctor proposes to Inoculate our little Fellow”

SUSAN LIVINGSTON (1748-1840) was the oldest daughter of William Livingston and Susannah French. (The couple had thirteen children.) Her father was the governor of New Jersey, a member of the Continental Congresses, and a brigadier general in the New Jersey...
From: In the Words of Women on 28 Oct 2016

“What sad Havock will this dreadful War make . . . “

Here are the remaining entries for January 1777 from the journal of MARGARET HILL MORRIS. 3d—This Morning between 8 & 9 oClock we heard very distinctly, a heavy fireing of Cannon, the sound came from towards Trenton, about noon a Number of Soldiers,...
From: In the Words of Women on 4 Jan 2016

“our two dear children . . . are both inoculated”

Esther de Berdt Reed, living in Philadelphia with her lawyer husband Joseph Reed, maintained a correspondence with her brother Dennis in England. She continued to miss her homeland and entertain thoughts of returning. When her first child was born in...
From: In the Words of Women on 5 Oct 2015

“We now begin to be Alarmd for Our City”

Mary White Morris (1749-1827) was the wife of the Philadelphia merchant and financier, Robert Morris (1734-1806), who almost single-handedly arranged the financing of the Revolutionary War. In the winter of 1776, when several colonies did not contribute...
From: In the Words of Women on 1 Jun 2015

“Jack was so scared”

Mary Cary Ambler (1733-1781) was the daughter of Wilson Cary of Virginia. She married Edward Ambler and the couple had two children, John and Sarah. In 1770, Mary traveled from Fauquier County, Virginia, to Baltimore to have herself and her children inoculated...
From: In the Words of Women on 14 May 2015

The Foundling Laboratory: inoculation and experimentation

Sir William Watson The Foundling Hospital was an ideal testing ground for new medical ideas & methods. The children all followed the same diet and regime, meaning that there were very few variable factors. This gave doctors a unique opportunity for...

Smallpox at the Foundling Hospital

From the moment when the first thirty babies were admitted to the Foundling Hospital on 25 March 1741, the Governors of the Hospital were determined to do as much as possible to protect foundlings from ‘the speckled monster’. Admission of the Children...

Inoculating ‘The Speckled Monster’

Textured watercolour illustration from a Japanese work on smallpox entitled Toshin seiyo [The essentials of smallpox], ca. 1720 © Wellcome Library, LondonThe practice of inoculation had been common in China, India, and Turkey for hundreds of years but...

An Interview with a Gold-Headed Cane

Dr Mead’s gold-headed cane, wood, gilt © The Royal College of Physicians Nowadays people might associate doctors with their stethoscopes, but from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries people would have thought of the physician’s cane....

“four to five feet of snow had fallen in the night”

In the fall of 1779, General Friederich von Riedesel received news that he had permission to leave Virginia, where he and his troops were being held after their defeat at Saratoga. He was to go to New York City where he would be exchanged. His wife and...
From: In the Words of Women on 3 Feb 2014

Alcohol to Zealotry: The Revolution A to Z (Part 2)

Continued from yesterday. Read A to Z first. M is for mobilization.  Revolutionary authorities became masters of mobilizing resources at a local level to fight the war.  The war debts for the Continental Congress and the various states were massive,...

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