Manuscript notes for Dr. Josiah Beckwith's speech, with numerous corrections and additions. Stitched sheets, bound together at the left margin with a cloth tie. 27 cm. approx. 71 pp., and 15,000 words. Beckwith's address was published by W.H. Stanley, in New Haven in 1848. The text of a printed copy has been trimmed and the pages laid in or tipped onto some of the manuscript pages, occasionally obscuring some of the manuscript text (printed text browned around the edges, perhaps from glue residue?). About 4pp. of introductory notes appear to be from another address Beckwith gave before the semi-annual meeting of the Litchfield County Medical Association. Dr. Beckwith stressed the need for a professional education in the field of medicine and concerns about the proliferation of homeopathy and hydropathy. Some of the notes are written in haste, the Yale address is more careful and legible.
Acompanying these manuscript notes is a printed copy of an appeal before the Court of Common Pleas, for the City and County of New York, an action in the Marine Court, General Term between Josiah G. Beckwith, Respondent, against Augustus W. Brown, Appellant, 5th December 1855. [27 cm. 26 pp. Stitched sheet. Numerous pencil annotations in the margins]. Creased vertically, ink blots on last two leaves, light soiling else very good. This case involved an unpaid bill for services and prescriptions Dr. Beckwith rendered Augustus Brown's father Nathaniel between 1845-1851. Depositions from various witnesses are printed here,and the court's finding for the respondent. Item #66550
Dr. Josiah Gale Beckwith (1803-1871), a graduate of Union College, studied at the Albany Medical College before moving to Litchfield, Connecticut in 1829 to practice medicine. Dr. Beckwith was a member of the Litchfield County Medical Association, as well as other civic organizations, was nominated for governor, and elected to the state legislature. He also owned a drug store in Litchfield, later operated by his son Dr. Josiah Gale Beckwith (1838-1911). [see the Litchfield Historical Society's brief biography of Dr. Beckwith, which holds a collection of the family papers].