Cosmo P. Richardson medical notes
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Cosmo P. Richardson medical notes

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Richardson, Cosmo P., 1804-1852.
Title: Cosmo P. Richardson medical notes
Dates: 1821-1938
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 1582

Biographical/Historical Note

Cosmo P. Richardson (1804-1852) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1807 he came to the United States, and subsequently came to Savannah in approximately 1819. He studied medicine from 1821-1825 and then began practicing medicine in Savannah. He became a member of the Georgia Medical Society in 1837 and in 1844 was elected president of the society. In 1844, he was elected captain of the Savannah Volunteer Guards, and in 1851, Richardson was an alderman for the city of Savannah. He died February 6, 1852.

He married Elizabeth Bailey in 1839; they had three children.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a notebook with a biography of Dr. Cosmo P. Richardson and typed excerpts from two letters to Pearson Hardee of Glenolden, Pennsylvania from Dr. Victor H. Bassett of Savannah. The letters are dated December 27, 1937 and January 31, 1938. Pearson Hardee seems to have been requesting Dr. Bassett to date two books for him; both books are entitled Manuscripts by Grandfather, 1801. The notebook in the collection contains photocopies of pages from these books; these copies are medical notes either written by or used by Dr. Richardson and contain an essay on the Brunonian Doctrine, a medical philosophy popular in the 18th century.

Index Terms

Bassett, Victor Hugo, 1871-1938.
Biographies (documents)
Hardee, Pearson.
Letters (correspondence)
Medical writing.
Richardson, Cosmo P., 1804-1852.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Cosmo P. Richardson medical notes, MS 1582, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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