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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

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

John M. Dixon

Cornell University Press

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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