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Autograph letter signed to W. Grossmann (?). 1862. WITH: Collection of documents relating to Mott and his family, as listed below

Mott, Valentine

Publication Date: 1828
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A unique collection of materials by and relating to Valentine Mott, the most celebrated American surgeon of the first half of the nineteenth century. Mott was a pioneer in vascular surgery: In 1818 he became the first to tie the innominate artery (see Garrison-Morton 2942), and in 1827 he performed the first successful ligation of the common iliac artery (see Garrison-Morton 2950). He was one of the first American surgeons to successfully amputate at the hip joint (see Garrison-Morton 4451.1) and to excise the jaw for necrosis (see Garrison-Morton 4447). He also performed plastic surgery, most notably an operation recorded in his "Case of immobility of the jaw and Taliacotian operation" (1831), in which he divided contracted scar bands and inserted a flap from the patient's cheek to the left corner of the mouth (see Zeis Index 1425). "During his career [Mott] performed nearly a thousand amputations, operated 150 times for stone in the bladder, and ligated forty large arteries. According to his former teacher, Sir Astley Cooper, he performed more major operations than any surgeon in history, up to his time" (Dictionary of American Biography). The items in this collection pertain primarily to Mott's private medical practice and to his financial history. The 1862 autograph letter discusses a patient, Mrs. Angulo, who "has been ill for several weeks during the winter. At present she is out & about . . . She was to see me a few days since, her daughter not being very well." Three of the remaining documents are bills and two more relate to Mott's taxes; these suggest that Mott was quite a wealthy man for his time. Four of the documents were either written by or addressed to Mott's cousin Samuel Coles Mott, who seems to have acted as Mott's agent. 1. Mott, Valentine. Autograph receipt signed by Mott. New York, Oct. 31, 1828. 126 x 203 mm. "Recd. from E. [illegible] One hundred dollars in full for my fees." 2. Mott, Samuel Coles. Signed bill for Valentine Mott's services. Feb. 23, 1836. 74 x 202 mm. Docketed on verso. "Due Dr. Valentine Mott Sixty two 16/100 Dollars-New York Feby. 23, 1836." 3. Printed circular regarding subscription of funds for Kemper College in St. Louis, Missouri, with ms. note at the foot, addressed to Samuel Coles Mott. New York, April 23, 1838 (ms. note dated Nov. 21, 1838). 1 page plus integral blank. 251 x 198 mm. Addressed and docketed on verso of blank leaf. A reminder to S. C. Mott of his pledge of $100 to the Kemper College trust. The ms. note reads: "The Trustees are desirous of closing their trust without delay, therefore solicit your immediate attention." 4. Mott, Samuel Coles. Autograph letter signed to Valentine Mott. New York, April 21, 1839. 1 page. 255 x 203 mm. Docketed on verso. "It affords me much pleasure to introduce to your special acquaintance Frederick Delano Esq. of this city. He is my friend. From yr. aff. Cousin Samuel C. Mott." Sent to Valentine Mott in Paris; Mott spent the years from 1835 to 1841 traveling in Europe, Asia and Africa. 5. Mott, Samuel Coles. Autograph letter signed to "M. B." mentioning Dr. Valentine Mott. New York, June 20, 1840. 1 page. 252 x 200 mm. Docketed on verso. "Being in receipt of an anonymous letter dated 11th June postmarked Rochester 13th June 1840 directed to Dr. V. Mott, New York enquiring about Dr. Wm. M. Eldridge. "I am requested by Mrs. Mott (the Doctor being absent) to state that on being furnished with the name of the writer & the object of the enquiry, Mrs. M is ready and willing to furnish any information that she may supply. "As Mrs. M will leave shortly for Europe, it is important that you should answer this letter immediately." 6. Mott, Valentine. Autograph document signed regarding Mott's taxes. New York, Sept. 25, 1840. 148 x 203 mm. Docketed on verso. "I authorize & empower S. Coles Mott to make such oath as to the value of my property as he in his conscience believes for the purpose of taxation." 7. Mott, Valentine. Manuscript promissory note, receipted and signed by Mott. Bill dated April 11, 1842; Mott's signature dated Apr. 30, 1842. 84 x 203 mm. Tipped to waste sheet. Note for $70 issued by a Mr. Ellingwood "To Valentine Mott Dr. To med. attn. in cons. wh. Dr. Leo Wolfe." Mott receipted and signed the note below: "Recd payment in full Ap. 30th 1842 V. Mott." 8. Mott, Valentine. Manuscript document in pencil in another hand, labeled "List of taxes" on verso. N.p., Sept. 10, 1842. 126 x 200 mm. List of Mott's assets and their valuations, most likely in the hand of Samuel Coles Mott. Bookseller Inventory # 42188

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Title: Autograph letter signed to W. Grossmann (?)....

Publication Date: 1828

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