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The Enlightenment of Cadwallader ColdenEmpire, Science, and Intellectual Culture in British New York$
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John M. Dixon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448034

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448034.001.0001

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Pursuit of Gentility

Pursuit of Gentility

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(p.25) Chapter 2 Pursuit of Gentility
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The Enlightenment of Cadwallader Colden
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John M. Dixon

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801448034.003.0003

This chapter examines Cadwallader Colden's attempts to assert his gentility in Britain and America in the eighteenth century. It begins with a discussion of changes in Scotland during the early eighteenth century as well as the mobility of Scottish physicians. It then turns to Colden and considers how he acquired a medical education, along with his travel to America and his return to Britain, his marriage to Alice Chrystie, and his connections to a number of intellectual figures such as Edmund Halley, William Jones, and John Machin. It also looks at Colden's success as a physician and concludes by analyzing his early letters, which were mostly those of a hesitant, polite, and self-effacing man looking to establish credibility and build trust.

Keywords:   physicians, Cadwallader Colden, America, Scotland, medical education, marriage, Alice Chrystie, letters

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