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ALS. Commends Wigglesworth's calculation of life expectancy figures from bills of mortality, collected by Holyoke, among others; confesses himself at a loss to explain why Americans enjoy a longer life expectancy than do the Swedish; and expresses his opinion that a tontine is a lottery and thus encourages gambling.

ALS. Commends Wigglesworth's calculation of life expectancy figures from bills of mortality, collected by Holyoke, among others; confesses himself at a loss to explain why Americans enjoy a longer life expectancy than do the Swedish; and expresses his opinion that a tontine is a lottery and thus encourages gambling.

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Matthias Spalding papers, 1801-1802 0.2 Linear Feet — 12 Items

American medical student in London. Papers generated during Spalding's stay in London include letters, a journal, lecture notes, and a printed advertisement for "Passage, packet and pleasure boats on the Grand Junction Canal." Correspondence from Edward Augustus Holyoke, Benjamin Waterhouse and Edward Jenner relate to Spalding's efforts to secure "vaccine matter" for both Holyoke and Waterhouse back in the United States. Spalding's journal includes a meticulous record of expenses, under various headings, e.g. "amusements", "barber", and "washing woman and shoe black". Spalding took notes on medical school lectures in London by William Babington (72 pp.), Henry Cline (113 pp.), Astley Cooper (20 and 112 pp.), Fox [?] (116 pp.) and John Haighton (176 pp.). Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

Papers are dated from 1801-1802 and were generated during Spalding's stay in London. Materials include letters, a journal, lecture notes, and a printed advertisement for "Passage, packet and pleasure boats on the Grand Junction Canal." Correspondence from Edward Augustus Holyoke, Benjamin Waterhouse and Edward Jenner relate to Spalding's efforts to secure "vaccine matter" for both Holyoke and Waterhouse back in the United States. Spalding's journal includes a meticulous record of expenses, under various headings, e.g. "amusements," "barber," and "washing woman and shoe black." Spalding, who was a student at St. Thomas's Hospital, took notes on medical school lectures in London by William Babington (72 pp.), Henry Cline (113 pp.), Astley Cooper (20 and 112 pp.), Fox [?] (116 pp.) and John Haighton (176 pp.). Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.