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To Thomas Jefferson from Charles Mortimer, with an Invoice of Medicines for the Hospital at Fredericksburg, 28 December 1780

From Charles Mortimer, with an Invoice of Medicines for the Hospital at Fredericksburg

December 28 1780.


I am persuaded your Excellency and the Honble. Council will pardon the liberty of this address, as It’s intended to relieve the Distress of the Soldiery that may occasionaly be in the Hospital here.

Doctor Rickman in September last wrote to me to take Charge of the Hospital at this place and at present to find Medicine for them, Which should be repaid. I did so, and untill this time attended, and found Medicine for a great many of the Virginia and Maryland Line that were ordered in by the officers to be taken care of. This I carefully attended to, and sent them all away to their respective Corps except three that shall be shortly sent forward.

As It’s not in my Power to find Medicine much longer out of my private Stock for Practice, I take the Liberty of sending an Invoice of such as may be absolutely necessary for the Sick and wounded, to request they may be ordered to this place, and they shall be Carefully kept for that particular purpose. As I have purchased Medicines at a very dear Rate for 12 Months past, and never received any Payment or Emolument for the Services done, I hope your Excellency will direct me and order payment in that Line, as I am unacquainted with the Mode of application. I am with profound Respect, Your most Obt Hble St,

Chs. Mortimer


Invoice of Medicines for the Hospital at Fredericksburg

Jallap Tartar Emetic Mercurial Ointment
Ipeccacuhan Glauber Salts Quicksilver
Rhubarb Calomel Cream tartar
Salt peter Oil Turpentine Gum Arabick
Bark Plasters Gum Guiacum
Salt Tartar Olive Oil Camphire
Sperma Cœti Spanish flies Aloes
Laudanum Elixir Paregoric Tow
Opium Bals Traumatick Splints
Basilicon Volatiles

Paper and Whatever the Director general may think Proper.

Chs. Mortimer
Fredericksburg Dcr. 28th. 1780

RC (NHi); addressed; endorsed: “Charles Mortimer to the Governor.” Enclosure is filed with the letter.

Dr. Charles Mortimer practised at Fredericksburg from 1771 to 1787, where he was a prominent citizen and held various local offices. He appears afterwards to have settled in Norfolk. From Aug. 1780 he served as a volunteer medical officer in charge of the Continental hospital at Fredericksburg. By order of Congress, 26 Mch. 1783, he was at length paid for his services and expenditures. See Blanton, Medicine in Va. in the 18th Cent., p. 346, 358–9; WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly description ends , 1st ser., xxvii (1918–1919), 80; JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, ed. W. C. Ford and others, Washington, 1904–1937 description ends , xxiv, 158, 212.

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