|Creator:||Shippen, William, 1736?-1808|
|Title:||Dr. William Shippen letter to George Gilmore|
|Quantity:||0.02 Linear feet (1 folder housed with minor collections MS 1252 to MS 1259)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of an important letter about the medical services of the Continental Army by William Shippen. Dated Philadelphia 22 August 1780, it is addressed to George Gilmore, Senior Surgeon, Virginia Troops of the Continental Army, and is two pages, 20 x 30 cm. The writer states, in part: "I am at last released after a long, malevolent persecution by that most miserable of all animals, Dr. Morgan, assisted by almost as miserable a creature, Rush, & am acquitted of every charge by a court martial, & the acquittal confirmed by Congress..." A few words of text have been lost through damage in the top quarter of the manuscript.|
Dr. William Shippen (1736-1808) was a physician in Philadelphia (from 1762) and later a founder and president (1805-1808) of the college of Physicians of Philadelphia. He was also the first professor of anatomy, surgery and midwifery of the University of Pennsylvania (1791). John Morgan (1735-1789) was also a Philadelphia physician and served as Director-General of hospitals and Physician-in-Chief of the American Continental Army from 1775 until removed by Congress 9 January 1777. He was exonerated of neglect and wrongdoing by Washington and by Congress. Benjamin Rush (1745?-1813) was a Philadelphia physician and political leader, a member of the Continental Congress, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and a surgeon in the Continental Army (1777-1778).
Dr. William Shippen letter to George Gilmore, MS 1258. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.