A.(Anthony) Fothergill letterbook, 1789-1813 (bulk)


Date: 1789-1813 | Size: 1 volume(s), 1 volume, 258 p.


Fothergill writes to an English physician, J. Woodforde, from Bath and Bristol in England and from Philadelphia. The letters concern their common interests in medicine, with comments on current events, American and Philadelphia society, and medicine in the United States.

Background note

Anthony Fothergill was an English physician. In 1803 he retired from practice and moved to Philadelphia and then returned to England with the prospect of war in 1812.

Digital objects note

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Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 258 p.


Purchased from Meyers and accessioned, 11/22/1972 (1972 2090ms).

Alternate formats available

This item is also available on microfilm (Film 1411).

Early American History Note

This letter book is primarily letters from Doctor Anthony Fothergill to his friend and fellow physician J. Woodforde. Most of the letters were written from Bath, England between 1790 and 1802 and deal with medical topics, although other current affairs are regularly mentioned and discussed. There are a few letters from 1809-1813 in which Fothergill writes from Philadelphia, where he had retired to. He left Philadelphia for England during the War of 1812.

Indexing Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Philosophical Society
  • Peale's Museum (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Family Name(s)

  • Woodforde, J.


  • General Correspondence
  • Letterbooks.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
  • Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Description and travel
  • United States -- History -- 1809-1817.
  • United States -- Social life and customs -- 1783-1865.

Personal Name(s)

  • Cullen, William, 1710-1790
  • Fothergill, A.(Anthony),1732?-
  • Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813


  • Diseases -- United States -- 19th century.
  • Medical education -- United States.
  • Medicine
  • Medicine -- United States.
  • Prisoners -- Medical care -- England -- 19th century.
  • Prisons -- Sanitation -- England.
  • Travel
  • War of 1812

Detailed Inventory

 Fothergill, Anthony letterbook, 1789-1813