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Harvard College Order of Exercises for Commencement, August 27, 1806.

Broadside]. [Jacob Bigelow]. Harvard University

Published by Cambridge, MA. Wiliam Hilliard, Printer. ., 1806
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1 p. 11-1/2" W x 18-1/4" H. The program for Harvard University commencement, August, 1806. The order of exercises lists 13 orations by candidates (1Ð4 each) for the degree of Bachelor of Arts and 2 by candidates (1 each) for the degree of Master of Arts. There was to have been another degree candidate to have delivered an essay on "Originality", but it is recorded on this program that "the melancholy event of his death prevented" ["the discussion]. Penciled comments by the auditor express his approbation for 4 of the speakers. Among the latter is Jacob Bigelow, candidate for Bachelor of Arts, who delivered an English poem on "The Passions", which the auditor criticized as being "a good poem too formally delivered-". Bigelow (1787Ð1879) went on to become the distinguished Boston physician and botanist, who collected and systematically organized the flora of New England thoroughly. He authored "Florula Bostoniensis" in 1814, the standard manual for New England flora for over 30 years, "American Medical Botany" (1817Ð20), the first "American Pharmacopoeia" (1820) and "Treatise on the Materia Medica" (1822). He was Professor of Materia Medica at Harvard from 1815 to 1855. Bigelow argued against excessive use of drugs and blood letting and lectured brilliantly on "Discourse on Self-Limited Diseases" (1835), much praised by Oliver Wendell Holmes. He also lectured on technology, served many public and professional roles, helped to found the Mount Auburn Cemetery and translated Mother Goose into Latin, which he published privately as "Chenodia". His son, Dr. Henry Jacob Bigelow, himself a distinguished surgeon, reported in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal on the first general surgical procedure under ether anesthesia, the surgery carried out by Dr. John Collins Warren under anesthesia administered by William T. G. Morton. A tear along the left margin resulted in a small loss of the printed border and encroachment of a closed tear on two lines of the text. Two small spots of foxing. Penciled contemporary notations, as noted above. Else Very Good. DAB (for Bigelow). Bookseller Inventory # 11030

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Title: Harvard College Order of Exercises for ...

Publisher: Cambridge, MA. Wiliam Hilliard, Printer. .

Publication Date: 1806

Binding: As issued.

Edition: First Edition.

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