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Catalog Number 2015.02.0041
Object Name Letter
Date 1819
Title 1819 July 16 Mason Brown to Samuel Brown
Scope & Content Letter from Mason Brown (New Haven, CT) to Samuel Brown (Philadelphia, PA). Mason relates news from Professor Silliman at Yale regarding specimens and soapstone for a Mr. Otis. He also discusses Samuel Brown's appointment at a medical school in Philadelphia and is wary of it since many other doctors in the area also wanted the appointment. Mason reports having heard Susan Brown is well and wishes the best for James Percy.


New Haven, July 16th 1819.

Dear Uncle,

I have written to you twice within the last three weeks, but as your letter of July 12th which arrived this morning does not acknowledge the receipt of any letters from me, I suppose they never reached you. One was directed to Ballstown and the other to Hudson.

I spoke to Mr. Silliman relative to Otis and his lithographic specimens; he sends his best respects to you and will furnish the soapstone which Mr. Otis desires. His son, of whose illness I informed you when in Philadelphia, died a few days ago, and his death has been a severe stroke to his father. The fourth number of the Journal of science appeared about a week since, and had I know what place to direct it, you should have received it immediately; you will however receive it by the same mail which brings this letter.

I am pleased to know that you have received the honor of an appointment in the medical school at Philadelphia, but I cannot say I am glad that you have determined to accept it. There are a number in Philadelphia who have been plodding for many years with the expectation of obtaining the appointment you have received, and who will be very much vexed that by a few months residence in the city you should disappoint their expectations. You informed me that the professors were quarreling among themselves when I last saw you, and you may depend upon it, these disappointed persons, however warm the friendship was which they professed for you before your appointment, will upon you accepting it, regard you as an intruder and "backbite."

Mr. Silliman informed me that he saw Susan a week since, in Hartford, and that she enjoyed excellent health, and appeared to be in high spirits.

The college bell is ringing & I must close. My love to James, and my best wishes for his success. My respects to Mr. Ware & family.

Adieu, affectionately yours
M. Brown

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Doctor Saml Brown,


New Haven CT
July 15

People Mason Brown
Samuel Brown
Benjamin Silliman
Susan Brown Ingersoll
James Percy Brown
Search Terms American Journal of Science
Philadelphia, PA
Medical School of Phildadelphia
Yale University