Drug Supplies in the American Revolution

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Published: 1961
Language: English
Wordcount: 15,895 / 60 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58
LoC Category: Q
Downloads: 666
Added to site: 2008.10.29
mnybks.net#: 22481
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: History, Post-1930

Paper 16, pages 109-133, fromCONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE MUSEUMOF HISTORY AND TECHNOLOGYUnited States National MuseumBULLETIN 225

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uantity of which appeared great."[36]

Inasmuch as few medicines were listed in the inventory of stores left by the British on the wharfs and in the scuttled ships in the harbor,[37] it appears that most of these drugs obtained in Boston were confiscated from the homes, offices, and shops of the Loyalists who fled when the British evacuated. Morgan reported that he had taken possession of the medicines and furniture of Dr. Sylvester Gardiner's shop, and a small stock of drugs from the office of Dr. William Perkins, a private practitioner.[38] No inventory of these supplies has been located thus far, but a contemporary biographer of Sylvester Gardiner records that the confiscated drugs from his shop "filled from 20 to 25 wagons."[39] This is not unlikely because Gardiner's apothecary shop was one of the largest and most prosperous in the Colonies prior to the Revolution.[40]

Soon after the British evacuated Boston, the Greenleaf apothecary shop in Boston was again supplying medicines to the Contin

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