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Three 18th century letters by an Edinburgh student

Identifier: Coll-1476

Scope and Contents

This group of 3 letters discusses life and study at Edinburgh University.

Letter dated 21 April 1797:

  1. Dates and duration of terms - Discussion about the courses in Botany and his admiration of his mentors

Letter dated 23 May 1797:

  1. Expressing concern at not having a reply to his earlier letter

Letter dated 29 June 1799:

  1. Giving reasons for not having responded to his father's previous correspondence - Notes that his mother has begun a course of mercury - Botanical studies


  • Creation: 1797-1799


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Biographical / Historical

William Adams was a medical student at Edinburgh University in the last few years of the 18th century - 1795-1800. While in the city, Adams had lived in North Hanover Street. His merchant father had lived in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and in Acton near Felton, Northumberland, between 1797 and 1799.


3 letters

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material acquired January 2013. Accession no: E2013.45.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Graeme D. Eddie 09 August 2013

Letters of William Adams (fl. 1797-1799), student in Edinburgh, to his father
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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