by Dr. Thomas Young To Democritus. Alternate confessions and denials issue so freely from some persons, that these with their hints of some magazines of scandal yet unbroached, and sly in[n]uendoes of being loaded with mighty secrets, obtained in closest friendship, give their productions a formidable aspect.  Threaten again, Democritus, as you or the good-natur’d [...]

Date: July 6, 1767 “To Dr. Young:  Sir, I perceive, without emotion, your unavailing rage; and look without concern, upon that malice, which, tho’ aimed at another, recoils with redoubled weight upon your own head. Your challenge to meet you, and demonstrate your ignorance of the Medical science, is intirely sup[e]rseded by your own publications: [...]

The Sword of Bunker Hill

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Words by William Ross Wallace. Music by Bernard Covert Date: circa 1855   He lay upon his dying bed; His eyes were growing dim, When with a feeble voice he called His weeping son to him: “Weep not, my boy!” the vet’ran said, “I bow to Heaven’s high will  – But quickly from yon antlers [...]

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Sword of Bunker Hill

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Source: Massachusetts Historical Society artifact. Photograph by Boston Public Library, where the sword is currently on display through November 29, 2015. It is part of the “We Are One” exhibition at McKim Hall at the main library location. Commentary: This sword is believed to have been carried by Joseph Warren at the moment of his [...]

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No Special Connections with a Certain Set of Gentlemen

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Author: Misophlauros, a pseudonym of Dr. Thomas Young Date: June 15, 1767 “In Messrs. Fleets Paper of April 20, 1767, was published an account of a woman in Boston in a pulmonary phthisis, with troublesome fatiguing cough and fever rising irregularly, sometimes to inflammation. One lobe of the lungs more affected than the other, the [...]

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Warren’s Address

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by John Pierpoint Stand! the ground’s your own, my braves! Will ye give it up to slaves? Will ye look for greener graves? Hope ye mercy still? What’s the mercy despots feel? Hear it in that battle-peal! Read it on yon bristling steel. Ask it,–ye who will. Fear ye foes who kill for hire? Will [...]

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Founder of MGH Rattled by the Family Resurrectionist Tradition

by Dr. John Collins Warren Date: Recollection of circa 1796 events “No occurrences in the course of my life have given me more trouble and anxiety than the procuring of subjects for dissection in the medical lectures. My father began to dissect early in the Revolutionary War. He obtained the office of Army Surgeon when [...]

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Impertinence of Every Petulant Jackanapes

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Date: June 1, 1767 “To the PUBLIC. The case between Dr. Whitworth and myself stood reduced to this single alternative; I was a rash ignorant chance-medly manslayer: Or Dr. Whitworth an intemperate incompetent judge of the matter he laid to my charge. For my vindication I stated the facts at large, and quoted such authorities [...]

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There Once Was a Ship of War Unfortunately Lost Their Surgeon – Joseph Warren Blasts Dr. Thomas Young with Satirical Farce

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Date: June 22, 1767 “To Misophlauros.  Sir, I have read your publication in the last Evening Post, and cannot think that your recapitulation of Dr. Young’s arguments to justify his conduct, has at all served him. – The authors mentioned by Dr. Young, are in the hands of many gentlemen of the Faculty, and whoever [...]

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Persons Whose Extraordinary Fancy for All Kind of Exotics Induces Them to Esteem You

Date: June 8, 1767 “Messieurs Edes and Gill, Please to insert the following friendly Letter to Dr. Young. Sir, It gives me great concern that I have been so unhappy as to fall under your displeasure: Yet as I am not sensible of having merited it, you much excuse my not making any acknowledgment of [...]

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