Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Benjamin Waterhouse Autograph Letter Signed. One page with integral address cover, 8" x 5"; Cambridge, "Saturday noon." A letter to George Blake informing him of the death of Mrs. Blake. "... I am fearful that I shall convey to you melancholy tidings of Mrs. Blake. I have this moment received a letter from Dr. Vallentin [?] dated Marseilles, August 30. He says Mrs. Blake lived only long enough to allow him to attend to her but six days. It appears that she died July 28th. - While I sympathize with you on this sad event, I beg you to accept the respectful & friendly salutations of your humble sevt. Benjn Waterhouse."

    Waterhouse (1754-1846) was a physician and co-founder of Harvard Medical School, where he also taught. He is most noted for being the first doctor to test the smallpox vaccine in the United States.

    Condition: Light toning and soiling. Flattened mail folds. The address cover is written on the bottom half of the letter and there is a large chip of paper loss at the lower left where the wax seal has been torn open. Contemporary annotation in ink gives the year as 1807. Dealer pricing and code at bottom in pencil. "Waterhouse" is written in pencil at the bottom on verso. Stray spots of foxing.

    Auction Info

    Bidding Begins Approx.
    3rd Friday
    Auction Dates
    23rd Thursday
    Proxy Bidding Begins Approx.
    37 Days
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: N/A
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 36
    Auction Type
    Signature®:  Heritage Live®:After Internet bidding closes, live bidding will take place through Your secret maximum bid placed prior to the live event will compete against the live bids. To maximize your chances of winning, enter realistic secret maximum bids on our site. Many of our proxy bidders are successful at winning lots in these auctions, and usually below their secret maximum. You can also place last minute bids directly with us by e-mailing or calling 1-866-835-3243. (Important note: Due to software and Internet latency, live bids may not register in time, so enter realistic proxy bids.)

    Signature® Floor Sessions
    Proxy bidding ends ten minutes prior to the session start time. Live Proxy bidding on Heritage Live starts 24 hours before the live session begins and continues through the session. During the live auction event, bidding in person is encouraged, and Heritage Live includes streaming audio and often video during the event.

    Track Item