Correpondence from Benjamin Colman to an unidentified recipient, 1721 July 25
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- Colman, Benjamin , 1673-1747
- Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Draft of correspondence to an unidentified minister in Boston, Massachusetts, from Reverend Benjamin Colman (1673-1747), dated 25 July 1721, regarding a letter published in a local newspaper that condemned Dr. Zabdiel Boylston (1679-1766) and the practice of smallpox inoculation. Colman defends Boylston's efforts to inoculate the population of Boston, which was facing a smallpox epidemic in 1721, and comments on his "tenderness, courage, & skill in that hazardous operation." Also contains correspondence from Frederick Shattuck to John Farlow of the Boston Medical Library that accompanied the donation of the Colman correspondence in 1909.
Benjamin Colman (1673-1747), A.B., 1692, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, was a minister at the Brattle Street Church in Cambridge. He also served as an Overseer of Harvard College for forty-eight years and as a Fellow for eleven years. After Harvard President John Leverett died in 1724, Colman was offered the presidency, but he declined, largely due to his concern that his liberal views would prove too controversial and divisive.