Theodore and Wells Beardsley letters  1808, 1833
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Container / Location Title
Box   15, Small Collections  
Theodore and Wells Beardsley letters [series]
Folder   29  
  1808 January 10 . Theodore Beardsley ALS to [Wells] Beardsley; North Hero, Vermont. (4 pages)
Beardsley treated patients throughout Grand Isle County and most outcomes were successful. Recipe for an "ophthalmia" treatment and descriptions of other medical treatments. Account of a pregnant female patient who fell from a horse and description of a child born with no arms and only one leg.
  1808 April 4 . Theodore Beardsley ALS to [Wells Beardsley]; [North Hero, Vermont]. (2 pages)
Detailed account of Beardsley's treatment of a young girl who died after a brief illness, including his efforts to treat her fever and abdominal pains, and the postmortem examination.
  1808 May 23 . Theodore Beardsley ALS to W[ells] Beardsley; North Hero, Vermont. (4 pages)
Thoughts about the difficulty of balancing public welfare with private interests, particularly with regard to the Embargo of 1807. Potential effects of an embargo on Lake Champlain and the lumber trade with Canada. Smuggling. Account of a case involving a pregnant woman. Response to arguments that Native Americans and Europeans have similar mental capacities.
  1808 June 16 . Theodore Beardsley ALS to Wells Beardsley; North Hero, Vermont. (3 pages)
Beardsley discusses his continued affection for a Quaker woman. He recently lost two young patients to dysentery, though others have survived. Description of Grand Isle County and northern Vermont, particularly with regard to commerce and agriculture. Living in Grand Isle is unlikely to result in much profit as most foods, manufactured goods, and skilled laborers must be imported.
  1833 November . Wells Beardsley to [Marcus W. Beardsley]; Kent, Connecticut. (9 pages)
Beardsley described his travels in New York, Vermont, and Canada by steamboat, stagecoach, and wagon. Visit to Troy, New York, and the Erie Canal. Expressed his belief that canal and railroad expansion will cause more growth in large cities than in small towns. Descriptions of passengers disembarking from a steamboat and of French Canadians. Beardsley's thoughts about the city's cathedral and about the inhabitants and countryside around Montréal, Québec.