Benjamin and Julia Stockton Rush Papers

Personal and professional materials of Benjamin and Julia Rush, from 1766-1845, focusing on medical concerns, especially the 1793 yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia.More »

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About the Digital Collection

The Benjamin and Julia Stockton Rush papers hold letters and writings that focus primarily on medical concerns, particularly the 1793 and other yellow fever epidemics in Philadelphia, as well as mental illness and its treatment, and the medical department of the Continental Army. Correspondents include founding fathers Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. There are also personal letters to Julia Stockton Rush, her devotional journal and exercise book. Other materials include a medical casebook, financial records, a travel diary, and legal documents.

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This digital collection comprises selected materials from the following archival collection at David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library:

Benjamin and Julia Stockton Rush papers

Collection #RL.11044 | 0.8 Linear Feet; 3 boxes, 2 volumes

ABSTRACT
The Benjamin and Julia Stockton Rush papers include letters, writings, financial records, a few legal documents and one educational record. Benjamin Rush's personal and professional outgoing letters, with some incoming letters, cover a wide variety of topics, but focus primarily on medical concerns, particularly the 1793 and other yellow fever epidemics in Philadelphia, as well as mental illness and its treatment, and the medical department of the Continental Army. There are a few letters from others to Julia Stockton Rush that seek to continue ties with her and the Rush family or offer condolences following Benjamin’s death. Collection also contains a medical case book and a fragment of an essay or lecture written by Benjamin Rush, along with his travel diary for a trip to meet with the Board of Trustees for Dickinson College in 178[4]; other writings include Julia Rush’s devotional journal and exercise book. The financial records include a few statements and receipts, but primarily contain two account books, one maintained by Benjamin Rush, the other by Rush with his wife. These account books provide a complete picture of the family finances from the period before the couple married, almost to Julia’s death. Legal documents include a sworn statement and a land patent, and there is an educational record for one of Rush’s students.

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