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Nathaniel Ingersoll Bowditch


"BOWDITCH, Nathaniel Ingersoll, lawyer, b. Salem, Mass., 1805; d. Boston, Mass., 1861. He entered Harvard at thirteen, graduated in 1822, and lived in Boston. His memoir of his father, the mathematician and astronomer, was published in 1839, in the same volume with a translation of Laplace's 'Mécanique Céleste'" [Edmund Clarence Stedman (ed.), An American Anthology 1787-1899 781 (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1900)]

For a short biographical sketch of Bowditch, see: Guide to the Collection, Bowditch Collection of Boston Conveyances 1827-1859


"A World Beyond"


N.I. Bowditch, Memoir of Nathaniel Bowditch (Boston: Little and Brown, 1839)(Boston: C.C. Little and J. Brown, 1840)(Boston: Printed for the Warren Street Chapel, J. Munroe and Company, 1841) [online text] (Cambridge, Massachusetts: John Wilson, 1884)

___________, The Ether Controversy. Vindication of the hospital report of 1848 (Boston: Printed by J. Wilson, 1848)

___________, Suffolk Surnames (Boston: Printed by J. Wilson and Son, 1857)(Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1861) [online text]

___________, A History of the Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston: Printed by J. Wilson & Son, 1851) [online text]

[A History of the Massachusetts General Hospital to August 5, 1851 (Boston: Printed by the Trustees from the Bowditch fund, 1872) [online text] (New York: Arno Press, 1972)]

____________, Wharf Property; or, The law of Flats; being remarks before the Judiciary committee of the Senate of Massachusetts, April 14, 1852 (Boston: J. Wilson & Son, 1852)

_____________, An Argument for a Catholic Church on the Jail-lands (Boston: Printed by John Wilson & Son, 1853)

_____________, ["Gleaner articles] (Boston: Rockwell and Churchill, 1880)(Fifth Report of the Record Commissioners. 1880)(Boston: Rockwell and Churchill, 1887) [online text]

Research Resources

Bowditch Family Papers
[including a volume of poetry by Nathaniel I. Bowditch]
Massachusetts Historical Society