[PLYMOUTH ROCK] -- James THACHER (1754 - 1844) and James MEASE, M.D. (1771 - 1846). Autograph letter signed from Thacher to Mease regarding the 1834 moving of Plymouth Rock.Plymouth: 26 January 1835. 2 page letter with integral blank signed "James Thacher" addressed to James Mease of Philadelphia (250 x 200 mm). Wax seal intact. Condition: folds, small loss where opened (not affecting text), slight browning to left margin. a fine association between historian thacher and the prominent philadelphia physician james mease. This letter begins with the 81 year old Thacher reporting how he was nearly killed when trapped under a wagon, but turns to his efforts in the moving of Plymouth Rock to the Pilgrim Society in 1834. I am now engaged in another undertaking for the benefit of our Pilgrim Society as to perpetrate the remembrance of our ancestors. A considerable part of the forefathers rock has been placed in front of the Pilgrim Hall where it is liable to abuse unless it be enclosed... This monument if it can be accomplished will be an object of some pride in our little village..... As a historian of note, Thacher published two editions of his History of the Town of Plymouth (1832 & 1835) and refers to the second edition in the conclusion of this letter. A Revolutionary War surgeon, Thacher published his Military Journal during the American Revolutionary War (1823). Mease, known for his 1811 Picture of Philadelphia, was a prominent Philadelphia physician, scientific thinker and author.
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