C. W. (Caspar Wistar) Pennock papers, 1829-1891


Date: 1829-1891 | Size: 0.25 Linear Feet, 56 items


These are primarily letters, with some receipts for medical services rendered included. They relate to the general social and intellectural life of Philadelphia and to publications on medical topics. Many of the letters are introductions to Europeans when Pennock first visited there. Letters dated post-1867 are to relatives and colleagues (?).

Background note

Caspar Wistar Pennock was a Philadelphia physician.

Collection Information


Purchased from Sessler (Weschler sale, No. 418; $500.00) and accessioned,06/03/1970 (1970 927ms).

Early American History Note

Much of this collection deals with Caspar Wistar Pennock's medical practice and travel abroad, especially his time in Paris in the 1830s. There is one interesting letter from Andrew Comstock that references his attempt to foment a revolution (in elocution) in Philadelphia in 1830. There are a few letters in French.

Indexing Terms


  • Manuscript Essays
  • Receipts.
  • Travel Narratives and Journals

Geographic Name(s)

  • Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Social life and customs.

Personal Name(s)

  • Audubon, John James
  • Bache, Franklin (1792-1864)
  • Comstock, Andrew
  • Griscom, John
  • Harlan, Richard
  • Hays, Isaac,1796-1879.
  • Michaux, Francois André
  • Morton, Samuel George
  • Pennock, C. W. (Caspar Wistar)
  • Travers, Benjamin
  • Vaux, Roberts,1786-1836.


  • Americans Abroad
  • International Travel
  • Medicine
  • Medicine.