Thomas Willard Fossett Papers

Donor: Florence H. Gordon, 1991 (1 box)

Physician, spiritualist, Dr. Thomas W. Fossett, practiced for over fifty years the eclectic system of medicine, beginning in Barnstable. Included in the collection are letters (1857–1894) from Dr. Fossett, his patients and members of his family, and members of the Howes Family relating to property in Woods Hole, MA. Included are four journals with entries 1837–1891 recording his accounts with patients, and personal expenditures. A number of his prescriptions (printed) concocted from plant and animal substances, are in the collection, as well as portraits of Dr. Fossett and his wife Emily.

Folder 1: Accession information

Folder 2: Biographical material re: Dr. Samuel Pitcher

Folder 3: Photographs: original tintype of Emily Fossett, also photographs of Dr. Fossett; article by Dr. Fossett “A Family Physician of Yesteryear”, gravestones of Thomas & Emily Fossett.

Image of Dr. Thomas W. FossettImage of Emily Fossett

Correspondence:

  • Letters from John O. Fossett to Dr. Fossett. 185?-1875; 1894 and n.d. (10 letters, 1 envelope, 30 pages)
  • Letter from Emily Fossett to Dr. Fossett. 1857. (1 letter, 3 pages)
  • Letters to Dr. Fossett from relatives. ca. 1864-1873 (11 items, 30 pages)
  • Letters to Dr. Fossett and Emily from Dr. Willis E. Crowell, Abel D. Makepeace, Benjamin Hallett, and Freeman Hinckley. 1867-1894 & n.d. (8 items, 14 pages)
  • Letters from Dr. Fossett to Dr. Samuel Pitcher 1868-1870 (5 items, 17 pages)
  • Letters from Sarah (Fossett) and D. Walter Scott, to Dr. Fossett ca. 1868-1878 (9 items, 32 pages)
  • Business (re: property) letters to Dr. Fossett 1869-1870, 1893 (9 items, 18 pages)
  • Letters from Dr. Fossett. 1869-1876 [8 items, 20 pages)
  • Letters of Lois Fossett. 1869-1900 (10 items, 23 pages)
  • Letters to Dr. Fossett, ca. 1870-1875 (19 items, 56 pages)
  • Letters to Dr. Fossett re: David Whipple. 1871 (6 items, 12 pages)
  • Patient’s Letters. Ca. 1871-1876. (12 items, 25 pages)
  • Letters of L.B. and H. M. Howes. 1898; 1906 (7 items, 9 pages)
  • Letter from Rachel (Blodgett) Fossett to Emily Fossett, not dated. (1 item, 1 page)

Image of medical compound description prepared by Dr. FossettBills/receipts 1840-1844 (8 items, 8 pages)

Prescriptions (1) (1 item)

Prescriptions (2) (14 items, 14 pages)

Prescriptions (3) (9 items, 9 pages)

Prescriptions (4) (5 items, 5 pages)

Prescriptions (5) (56 items, 56 pages)

Envelopes (4 items)

Ephemeral material (7 items, 15 pages)

Account Book 1839-1844 (173 pages)

Account Book ca. 1839-1870 Also family records. (54 pages)

Account book. Entries 1865-1867 (119 pages)

Account Book ca. 1872-1897 Also accts. of L. Howes, 1895. (39 pages)