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Joynes, L. S. (Levin Smith)




Letter from Marion Howard to L. S. Joynes acknowledging his election as Demonstrator of Anatomy, but resigning the position.


Richmond Va June 22 1863 Dear Doctor Your letter informing me of my re-election to the post of Demonstrator of the Medical College of Va was received on last monday or tuesday (I am not positive as to the day) morning, and on the evening of the same day I called at your house but found you had left town. On saturday last I received a letter, sent me by Dr. Peticolas, in which you seemed surprised no answer had been sent you in reply to your notification to me of my reappointment: which letter would have been replied to on the same day but for the press of business. My calling on you the evening of the day on which I received your note, relative to my re-election, was in order to learn whether or no an immediate acceptance or refusal was required, and if there was no necessity for immediate discussion, to ask some days time to find whether a servant could be hired to attend to the dissecting room, and a resurrectionist engaged. The result of any investigations was that a resurrectionist might, with some difficulty, be gotten; but that there would be great difficulty in getting a servant who would attend to the dissecting room, and that, judging from present rates, the hire, board and clothing of said servant, would be more by one third than the whole income of the office. Under these circumstances I am compelled, though very reluctantly, to resign the office of Demonstrator. Enclosed please find my resignation. My ambition to retain whatever of your good opinion, I may have been fortunate enough to gain has prompted this somewhat prolix explanation. In conclusion allow me, Doctor, to tender you my sincere thanks for your kindness and consideration shown both in this last election and often times previously. There are many causes of regret at leaving the office before the changes and improvements I had contemplated could be carried out, and not one of the least of these regrets is the lossing the companionship of the members of the Faculty, among whom I flatter myself, I had some warm friends - but 'tis idle repining, "l'homme propose mais Dieu dispose." Remember me to your lady, if so be she should not totally have forgotten "this very little person," as the chinese say, and forgive this long letter. Yrs sincerely Marion Howard Dr L[evin] S[mith] Joynes Halifax C[ourt] H[ouse] Va

Corporate Name Subject

Medical College of Virginia -- History -- 19th century

Topical Subject

Medical colleges --Virginia -- Richmond -- History -- Archives; Medical colleges --Virginia -- Richmond -- Faculty

Geographic Subject

Richmond (Va.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Archives

Corporate Medical Subject

Medical College of Virginia -- history

Topical Medical Subject

Schools, Medical -- history -- Virginia


Richmond (Va.)

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1 p.


letters (correspondence)

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text; archives



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This material is in the public domain in the United States and thus is free of any copyright restriction. Acknowledgement of Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries as a source is requested.


Sanger Historical Files (1859-1865), Excerpts

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Marion Howard


Original letter: Letter from M. Howard to L. S. Joynes, 1863 June 22; Howard, Marion; Sanger Historical Files, Accession Number # 82/Jan/1, Special Collections and Archives, VCU Health Sciences Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.

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Letter from M. Howard to L. S. Joynes, 1863 June 22



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