4. A Cure for Smallpox

4. A Cure for Smallpox

Posted in Museum in the Streets by  •  April 27, 2013

Second and Lincoln Sts Dr. Benjamin Page. Dr.Benjamin Page, one of the first physicians to practice medicine in Hallowell, lived here. Dr. Page was an associate of Dr. Benjamin Vaughan who followed discoveries in science and medicine. Dr. Vaughan learned of the successful experiments of London surgeon Dr....

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Ebenezer Dole House Second and Lincoln Sts. Ebenezer Dole, his brother Daniel and others, met here on November 18, 1833 and formed the first anti-slavery society in Maine known as The Hallowell Anti-Slavery Society. A year earlier Dole contacted William Lloyd Garrison, publisher of the Boston abolitionist...

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Credit – Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine

Dr. Benjamin Page.

Dr.Benjamin Page, one of the first physicians to practice medicine in Hallowell, lived here. Dr. Page was an associate of Dr. Benjamin Vaughan who followed discoveries in science and medicine. Dr. Vaughan learned of the successful experiments of London surgeon Dr. Edward Jenner in developing a vaccine against smallpox.

Portrait du Dr. Benjamin Vaughan

Dr. Benjamin Vaughan.

In 1800, Dr. Vaughan obtained samples of the vaccine from Dr. Jenner and provided them to Dr. Page, who administered them here in one of the first field trials of an experimental vaccine in the history of American medicine. Results were reported to Jenner in London and helped win Parliamentary approval for widespread distribution of the vaccine. Dr. Vaughan did not practice medicine, but collaborated with Dr. Page assisting when a yellow fever epidemic threatened Hallowell.

 

 

Credit – James Gillray

Smallpox and Inoculation Hospital at St. Pancras,

The Hallowell Museum in the Streets is a project of Row House Inc. and the Hallowell Area Board of Trade, made possible by Patron Grants from Gardiner Savings Bank of Maine, Mattson Development, LLC and The Wolfington Group.

The project was underwritten by Eric & Pamela Perry & the Perry Family
This panel is sponsored by Hannah Young Perry and the Perry Family

 

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Ebenezer Dole House Second and Lincoln Sts.

Ebenezer Dole, his brother Daniel and others, met here on November 18, 1833 and formed the first anti-slavery society in Maine known as The Hallowell Anti-Slavery Society. A year earlier Dole contacted William Lloyd Garrison, publisher of the Boston abolitionist newspaper The Liberator, and invited him to speak at Old South Church in Hallowell. When Garrison was jailed in Baltimore for his anti-slavery activity, Dole sent $100 to pay his fine and support his work. Dole was also a founding member of the Maine Anti-Slavery Society. James Gow, another Old South Church Deacon, is said to have provided asylum to the first fugitive slave who passed through Hallowell.

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Ebenezer Dole, son frère Daniel et d’autres, se réunirent ici le 18 novembre 1833 pour fonder la première société anti-esclavagiste du Maine connue sous le nom de Hallowell Anti-Slavery Society. L’année précédente, Dole contacta William Lloyd Garrison, l’éditeur du journal abolitionniste de Boston The Liberator, et l’invita à parler à l’église Old South Church à Hallowell. Quand Garrison fut emprisonné pour son activité anti-esclavagiste, Dole lui envoya 100 dollars afin de payer son amende et l’aider dans son travail. Dole fut aussi l’un des fondateurs de la Maine Anti-Slavery Society. On dit que James Gow, un autre diacre de l’église Old South Church abrita le premier esclave fugitif passant par Hallowell.

S5-01 – 4×6 – “Deacon Dole”
Le diacre Dole
Credit – Hallowell on the Kennebec

S5-02 – 5 ½ x 6 – “A young black couple from Hallowell.”
Un jeune couple noir de Hallowell
Credit – Maine Historical Society

S5-03 – “The Liberator” Newspaper
Credit – Hubbard Free Library

The Hallowell Museum in the Streets is a project of Row House Inc. and the Hallowell Area Board of Trade, made possible by Patron Grants from Gardiner Savings Bank of Maine, Mattson Development, LLC and The Wolfington Auto Group.
The project was underwritten by Hattie’s Chowder House.
This panel is sponsored by Matthew Race Perry and the Perry Family

A Museum Tour Guide is available at the Hallowell City Hall, Hubbard Free Library and at many city merchants. The Guide and additional information about Hallowell are available online at www.hallowell.org