Sent from Meriden, Connecticut to Boston, Massachusetts: docketed November, 1856. Envelope or Cover. This two-page, bi-fold handbill circular measures 7.5” x 9.75” and promotes the opening of the Mortorpathic Water Cure and College of Health. It was folded and mailed from Meriden, Connecticut to Boston Massachusetts in November of 1856. It bears a circular “PAID/1” postal rate handstamp in red. (Between 1 October 1852 and 1 January 1857, the post office would deliver up to three ounces of printed matter for one cent.) In nice shape. Light wear with original mailing folds.
The first mention of this college is an advertisement in the 7 April 1854 issue of the Connecticut Whig that announces its planned opening. This prospectus does the same.
“This Institution is now open for the reception of invalids. It is situate don Meriden, Conn. on the line of the New York and Boston Rail Road. . .. For an institution for the kind, the location is superior to any in the State; the air is pure, the water wholesome, ad the scenery fine. . .. It has been fitted up . . . with special regard to the convenience of invalids. . .. The Rooms are large and airy and well arranged for ventilation. A Gymnasium, Bowling Alley, and other exercises are connected, well calculated to call into active exercise those muscules and portions of the system enfeebled by long disuse [and] its Bathing facilities will fully meet the requirements of water-cure treatment. . ..”
The circular continues, promising “We shall treat Chronic Diseases of every variety and name, as Consumption in its early stages, Bronchial Affections, Liver Complaint, Dropsy, Scrofula, Nervous Derangement, Paralysis, Falling of the Bowels, Spinal Irritations, Convulsions, Hysteria, Spinal Curvature, Rheumatism, Polapsus Uteri, or Falling of the Womb, Fluor Albus, and all diseases incident to females, &. . . .”
Treatments included “the use of the hot-air bath, the alcoholic vapor bath, the medicated sulphur bath, the use of water cold, warm, or in vapor. . ..”
When indicated, patients received “natural muscular support,” “Motorpathy” [i.e., the treatment of disease by muscular movements], “Medicated Inhalations,” and the promotion of “natural and free perspiration.” There is no information in the circular about the college’s faculty, course of study, or other academic elements.. Very good. Item #009694
At the time of listing two copies of this circular are known to be held by institutions, Penn State University and the American Antiquarian Society.