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Usher Parsons papers

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Codex 1 Surgical notes and observations made in different cities of Europe particularly in Paris and London.
Contents Note: Ten pages summarizing observations about hospitals in Italy during the first nine months of 1819. Ninety pages of journal entries in Paris, October 4 through November 26, about one-third describing hospitals, the remainder surgical notes. Sixteen pages of journal in London, December 10-22, five pages a list of lecturing physicians, the remainder surgical notes. 8vo leather blank book.

1819
Codex 2 Diary and cash account, January through December.
Contents Note: Very brief entries. 12mo leather diary in folding purse.

1831
Codex 3 Diary, January through December.
Contents Note: 8vo diary.

1835
Codex 4 Journal of trip to Illinois, September 16 to November 5.
Contents Note: Account of travel by rail, lakeboat and horseback. Includes descriptions of Detroit, Toledo, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati. Extensive notes on land investing in Chicago. Five 8vo paper notebooks, approximately 100 pages of text.

1836
Codex 5 Diary, January through December, except for period of Illinois trip.
Contents Note: Usual brief entries, with some detail of financial preparations for trip. 8vo leather blank book.

1836
Codex 6 Diary, January through December
Contents Note: 8vo leather blank book.

1837
Codex 7 Diary, January through October
Contents Note: 8vo leather blank book.

1843
Codex 8 Journal of trip to Europe, November 1 to December 31
Contents Note: Account of ocean crossing and stay in Paris. Includes over 30 pages of surgical notes. 8vo leather covered notebook, 100 pages.

1843
Codex 9, 10 Diary, January through December
Contents Note: Concludes European trip, arriving in Boston on April 21. Surgical notes from Paris, London, and Glasgow. Two 8vo blank books.

1844
Codex 11 Diary, January through December
Contents Note: 8vo leather blank book.

1845
Codex 12 Diary, January through December
Contents Note: 8vo leather blank book.

1846
Codex 13 Diary, January 1847 through December 1848
Contents Note: 8vo leather blank book.

1847-1848
Codex 14 Diary, January 1849 through December 1850
Contents Note: 8vo leather blank book.

1849-1850
Codex 15 Diary, January through December
Contents Note: 8vo leather blank book.

1851
Codex 16, 17 Journal of trip south, April 18 to May 14.
Contents Note: Fairly good detail on North Carolina and coastal Georgia countryside; some description of slave labor. Notes on AMA convention in Charleston. Some overlap with 1851 diary. 12mo paper-covered notebook, 24 pages; 8vo leather notebook, 18 pages.

1851
Codex 18 Diary, January through December
Contents Note: 8vo disbound.

1852
Codex 19 Diary, January through December
Contents Note: 8vo leather blank book.

1853
Box 20 Diary, January 1854 though December 1856
Contents Note: 8vo leather blank book.

1854-1856
Codex 21 Account book
Contents Note: Two of three times a year Parsons took an account of his situation, sometimes financial, sometimes personal, sometimes both. Included are rather detailed net worth statements and reactions to current events such as the early years of the Civil War. There is an 83 item bibliography of his writing, including newspaper articles, legislative bills, apparently anything that was printed in any form. Large 8vo paper-covered notebook, 48 pages.

1857-1863
Codex 22 Diary, January 1857 through December 1859
Contents Note: 8vo leather blank book.

1857-1859
Codex 23 Diary, January through December
Contents Note: 8vo diary.

1860
Codex 24 Diary and cash account, January through December
Contents Note: Includes reactions to Fort Sumter and early days of war. 8vo leather diary in folding purse.

1861
Codex 25 Diary and cash account, January through December
Contents Note: 8vo leather diary in folding purse.

1863
Codex 26 Diary and cash account, January through December
Contents Note: 8vo leather diary in folding purse.

1864
Codex 27 Diary, January through December
Contents Note: Reaction to end of war and Lincoln's death are very brief. 8vo leather diary in folding purse.

1865
Box 28 Diary and cash account, January through December
Contents Note: 8vo leather diary in folding purse.

1866
Folder 29 Modern manuscript copy of journal from September 24, 1812, to December 10, 1814, and letter to parents, September 13, 1813.
Contents Note: Covers service in War of 1812 including battle of Lake Erie. Inscription suggests this belonged to Henry Parsons. 126 legal size sheets.

1812-1814
Codex 30 Indian Names of Places in Rhode-Island.
Contents Note: Providence, Knowles, Anthony & Co. 4to pamphlet, 32 pages.

1861
Codex 31 Charles W. Parsons' manuscript account of a trip to Worcester, Springfield and Northampton, June 2-5.
Contents Note: Descriptions of Antiquarian Hall and insane asylum in Worcester, views of Berkshires and Connecticut Valley. Although not signed by Charles, opening statement, "Tuesday aftn, June 2nd, father & I rode to Woonsocket in the chaise," is corroborated in U.P.'s diary for 1846. 22 8vo pages, disbound.

1846
Codex 32 Memoir of Usher Parsons, M.D., of Providence, R.I.
Contents Note: Written by Charles W. Parsons. Providence: Hammond, Angell & Co. 8vo clothbound, 72 pages.

1870
Codex 33 Charles W. Parsons' manuscript notebook.
Contents Note: Record of a visit to the Temple, London, April 17. Account of battle with Indians (King Philip's War?) apparently copied verbatim from unnamed source. Other miscellaneous notes, some genealogical. Does not contain Charles' name, but appears to be same hand as 1846 MS. 8vo leather.

1873
Folder 34 Autograph letter from G.W. Call (?) to Usher Parsons, August 3, 1835.
Contents Note: Offers Parsons a position in the medical department of the newly founded Willoughby University. Parsons notes receiving this letter on August 15.

1835