1860s ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL COVERING TWO DIFFERENT TIMES IN A VIRGINIA MAN’S LIFE, FIRST AS A STUDENT OF THE CLASSICAL SCHOLAR BASIL GILDERSLEEVE, THEN AS A PHYSICIAN MAKING HOUSE CALLS TO PATIENTS IN NEED

By: DR. HUGH R. GREEN

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On offer is a notebook of fascinating ‘Greek Lectures’ taken at the University of Virginia in the mid-19th century. The student, and author of the book, is H. R. Green, M.D. and his teacher is Professor Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve, one of the greatest classical scholars the United States has ever produced. This lends the notes taken here a very interesting air, knowing they were given by an oft forgotten, but very notable Classics scholar (and Confederate soldier) of the Southern States. There are 9 lectures written within the book, taking up nearly 30 pages of writing. The lectures deal mostly with classical Greek Philology, detailing the structure, development, and relationships of the language, both in writing and in speech. The lectures also deal with more general language knowledge. Topics of the lectures are written in the left-hand margin of the page and include things such as: 1st Natural Sounds, Correlation of language and thought, Designation of the art of speaking, Modern theories on the nature of language, Grammatical study among the Greeks, Gildersleeve's theory, Sounds of vowels, and much more concerning many elements of the Greek language. There is also a small one page chart, showing the same word written in Greek, Latin, German, and English, showing the evolution of Greek words into these languages. This section of Greek Lectures is 29 pages. The rest of the book (roughly 90 pages or so) is taken up with accounts of services given by Mr. Green. Hugh Green graduate from the University of Maryland Medical School in 1867. Mr. Green was born in Fauquier County, Virginia and seems to have gone back to his birthplace to practice medicine, as the several of the names in the book have been traced to people who lived in or near the county. This portion of the book seems to have been written later than the first part, covering the period from 1868 to 1872. Green graduated medical school in 1867, so his time at the University of Virginia was probably a number of years before, most probably sometime around 1860-1863. By the time this second section is written, H. R. Green is a practicing M.D. and is doing house calls (as was customary at the time) for many different patients. There are well over 100 different names written in the book. His services are usually just written as “Visit & Medicine,” for which he charges between $2 to $3. However there are other things that Green does and charges for: “Extracting Tooth - $1”; “1 Bot. cough syrup - $0.50”; “Medicine & advice - $1”; “Obstetrical attendance - $6”. For each client, the costs are added up and then the method and date of payment is also recorded. For many clients, it is simply “By cash in full.” However, Green also takes payment in other ways: “By 2 bshls corn @ $4,00”; “By digging grave - $2.00”; “By Bottoming chair - $0.25”; “By 10 lbs. Bacon @ 20 cts per lb - $2.00”; “By 4 days mowing @ $1.50 per day - $6.00” and various other ways of payment. Each client’s account takes up a half to a full page. After the accounts section ends, there are about 20 pages of names, alphabetized in a specific year’s index, showing on which page the name could be found in the book, and occasionally how much money they had paid for Green’s services. The book also includes a number of loose pieces of paper written by Green as well, showing similar information to the accounts section (account name, services rendered, cost of services, payment, etc.) The book in its entirety is approximately 150 pages, in which there is writing on all but a few pages near the back. The cover is a quarter leather binding with marbled paper over binder’s board. The spine has a good bit of wear and shows. The pages within are in good condition, showing little discoloration throughout and only on the edges. The handwriting is in black ink and is legible and clear throughout, with the exception of some more pronounced fading near the end. The fading does not affect the legibility of the content however. Overall: G. (Background: Hugh R. Green was born on April 7, 1842 in Fauquier County, Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia and then graduate from the University of Maryland Medical School in 1867. He married married Sarah Catherine Settle, daughter of Abner H. and Mary A. Settle, on November 17 1870. He died October 28, 1916 in Delaplane, Fauquier County, Virginia; Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve (October 23, 1831 – January 9, 1924) was an American classical scholar. From 1856 to 1876 he was professor of Greek at the University of Virginia, holding the chair of Latin also from 1861 to 1866. After service for the Confederate States Army in the American Civil War, during which Gildersleeve was shot in the leg, he returned to the University of Virginia. Ten years later, he accepted an offer of a position at Johns Hopkins University. He was elected president of the American Philological Association in 1877 and again in 1908 and became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as of various learned societies. He received the honorary degree of LL.D. from William and Mary (1869), Harvard (1896), Yale (1901), Chicago (1901), and Pennsylvania (1911); D.C.L. from the University of the South (1884); L.H.D. from Yale (1891) and Princeton (1899); Litt.D. from Oxford and Cambridge (1905). Gildersleeve retired from teaching in 1915. He died on January 9, 1924 and was buried at the University of Virginia cemetery. Gildersleeve House, one of the undergraduate dormitories at Johns Hopkins, and Gildersleeve Portal, of Brown Residential College at the University of Virginia, are both named in his honor.)

Title: 1860s ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL COVERING TWO DIFFERENT TIMES IN A VIRGINIA MAN’S LIFE, FIRST AS A STUDENT OF THE CLASSICAL SCHOLAR BASIL GILDERSLEEVE, THEN AS A PHYSICIAN MAKING HOUSE CALLS TO PATIENTS IN NEED

Author Name: DR. HUGH R. GREEN

Categories: Books and Manuscripts General Overview, 19th Century Manuscript, 19th Century Rare Book,

Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, FAUQUIER COUNTY, VA, 1868

Book Condition: Good

Type: Manuscript

Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall

Seller ID: 0009122

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