Dr. Chester Cowles Book of Medical Accounts. 1822-1834. Accounts Continued By One of His Sons, 1842-1864. Ledger. Medical Records.
Dr. Chester Cowles Book of Medical Accounts. 1822-1834. Accounts Continued By One of His Sons, 1842-1864
Amherst, Massachusetts Physician, Dickinson Related

Dr. Chester Cowles Book of Medical Accounts. 1822-1834. Accounts Continued By One of His Sons, 1842-1864

Amherst, Massachusetts: 1842-1864. Item #861

Tall narrow ledger. 295 x 1`60 mm., [15 x ½ x 6 ½ inches]. Manuscript in ink in a legible hand. 144 pp., plus few loose receipts. Contemporary reverse calf , some signatures separating. Cover and tip wear, age toning to the paper stock.


 Dr. Chester Cowles (1770-1842) practiced medicine in the Amherst, Massachusetts, area. Alice Morehouse Walker wrote in 1905 in an essay entitled "Early Amherst Doctors": "Dr. Chester Cowles, the son of Oliver ...after serving his apprenticeship in neighboring towns had returned to his native place to practice his skill upon his relatives and neighbors and lived in the house now occupied by Sumner Dickinson. His brother, Dr. Rufus, a graduate of Dartmouth, had his home and office in the old house in Cowles Lane, and kept a little apothecary shop..."


 The first half of the accounts show visits and medicines prescribed: cathartics, emetics, extracting teeth, antimony, and so on. They are intermixed with farm and personal expenses. The next part of the book was continued in a different hand, probably by one of Chester Cowles's sons; William, Lucius, Rufus, Chester, or Levi. These contain farm, cattle, and team accounts.


 Although unsigned, Chester Cowles's name is derived from a note in the front of the book: "Amherst March 1, 1841. Things I have bought for my daughter Sarah I. Cowles."  It is recorded that Sarah Irene Cowles was born in 1821, in Amherst, of Chester and Mary (Wade) Cowles. Dr. Cowles's parents were Oliver and Irene (Dickinson) Cowles.


 Many Dickinson names appear in this book, including; Eli, Erastus, Joseph, Abner, Roswell, Levi, Henry, Job, and Mary. Poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) also lived in Amherst, and although these are not her close relatives, they are very likely related. The Dickinsons were very numerous and prominent in Amherst and Samuel Fowler Dickinson, Emily's grandfather, took part in the founding of Amherst College as did Rufus Cowles, brother of Chester. There were several intermarriages between the two families in different generations.  (861)


 

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