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Docno: ADMS-06-14-02-0149

Author: d'Azyr, Félix Vicq
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1783-02-03

From Félix Vicq d'Azyr

[salute] Monsieur.

La Socièté Royale de Medecine après S’être Empresseé de Contracter une association de Correspondance avec le Collegè de Boston, association qui la flatte infiniment, m’a Chargé de Vous adresser le Diplôme qui Constate l’union de Ces deux Compagnies. Elle Vous prie de Vouloir bien le faire parvenir aux Membres illustres qui composent le Collegè de Boston;1
Parmi le petit Nombre d’exemplaires, du Journal de Medecine Militaire, dont elle peut disposer, elle en a Reservé un pour La Bibliothéque du Collegè de Boston;2 elle a desiré que je Vous l’adresse pour cette Compagnie, et elle la prie de l’agréer Comme une marque de sa déférence et de son attachement. Je le joins ici. cet Exemplaire est le 1er. Cahier pour l’année 1783; Les 4 premiers Cahiers pour 1782. n’ont été donnés à la Société qu’en nombre a peine Suffisant pour ses membres Residens à Paris.
J’ai L’honneur d’etre avec Respect / Monsieur / Votre très humble et très / obeissant Serviteur
[signed] Vicq d’azyr
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Translation

[salute] Sir

The Royal Society of Medicine, after eagerly forming an association by correspondence with the college of Boston, a connection it finds most flattering, has instructed me to send you the diploma recording the union of these two bodies. It asks if you would please see that it reaches the illustrious members who constitute the college of Boston.1
Among the small numbers of copies of the Journal de médecine militaire at its disposal, the Royal Society has reserved one for the library of the college of Boston.2 It has asked me to send it to you, so that you might pass it on to that institution, as a mark of its deference and attachment. I am enclosing the first issue for the year 1783. The four first issues for 1782 were given to our society in quantities that scarcely sufficed for those of its members who live in Paris.
I have the honor to be, with respect, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant
[signed] Vicq d’azyr
RC and enclosure (MBCo:Bowditch Book); internal address: “M John Adams” endorsed: “M. Vicq. d’Azyr / 3. Feb. 7 1783.” LbC (Adams Papers); APM Reel 110. LbC-Tr (Adams Papers); APM Reel 109.
1. For more on Félix Vicq d’Azyr and the Royal Society of Medicine, see Descriptive List of Illustrations, No. 6, above. JA sent copies of this letter and the diploma to the newly formed Massachusetts Medical Society enclosed in his 10 June letter to its president, Edward Augustus Holyoke (MBCo: Bowditch Book).
2. The location of the number of the Journal de médecine militaire mentioned here is unknown. Though JA states in his 28 Feb. response to Vicq d’Azyr, below, that he would forward it to the society, the 10 June letter to Holyoke does not list it as an enclosure. A history of the society suggests the journal was received from JA, but it does not include the journal in a 1788 catalog of the society library (Walter L. Burrage, A History of the Massachusetts Medical Society, Norwood, Mass., 1923, p. 47, 390, 394). The society collection at MBCo includes a copy, but it bears a stamp that states it was acquired in 1890. The journal is not in JA's library at MB (Catalogue of JA's Library).
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2017.
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