The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library

Letter from Dr. William Shippen, Continental Army Director of Hospitals, appointing David Townsend, MD, to command the Army Hospital at Fishkill, New York, in 1780

About This Item

Title

Letter from Dr. William Shippen, Continental Army Director of Hospitals, appointing David Townsend, MD, to command the Army Hospital at Fishkill, New York, in 1780

Subject

Physicians--United States--Revolution, 1775-1783
Hospitals--United States--Revolution, 1775-1783
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783

Description

Autographed letter signed William Shippen, dated October 29, 1780, and written from General Knox’s quarters. Dr. Shippen was the first systematic teacher of anatomy, surgery and obstetrics in Colonial America and founded the first maternity hospital in America.

Creator

Shippen, William, 1736?-1808

Publisher

Digitized by the rights holder

Date

October 29, 1780

Language

English

Type

Correspondence

Identifier

shippen_letter

Spatial Coverage

Fishkill (N.Y.)

Temporal Coverage

Eighteenth century

Provenance

Doyle Auctions

Rights Holder

Anonymous. Name available upon request.

Citation

Shippen, William, 1736?-1808, “Letter from Dr. William Shippen, Continental Army Director of Hospitals, appointing David Townsend, MD, to command the Army Hospital at Fishkill, New York, in 1780,” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed September 20, 2021, https://www.cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/8145.

Related Exhibits

A Glimpse Beyond the Stacks

A Glimpse Beyond the Stacks

A Glimpse Beyond the Stacks