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Dr. John Mitchell

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Newspaper advertisement for sale; Virginia Gazette 21 November 1745, p. 4
Newspaper advertisement for sale; Virginia Gazette 24 April 1746, p. 4
Gordon W. Jones, "The Library of Doctor John Mitchell of Urbanna." Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 76:4 (October 1968), pp. 441-443. Jones uses citations from Mitchell's scientific papers to abstract a list of 29 books he believes may have formed a part of this library.
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Advertisement of 21 November 1745 consists of a note signed by Mitchell announcing his intention to go to England and thus the sale of his house, gardens, furniture, &c. as well as "a choice Collection of Books, both ancient and modern, in several Languages, chiefly consisting of the most approved Authors, in the several Branches of Medicine, Natural History, and Philosophy. Any Person may have the whole Collection at prime Cost, or Value of the Books in England. ... N.B. The above Things will be Sold at my House, on the second Tuesday in December next: the Houses, Books, Medicines, Shop &c. may be bought at any Time; to be delivered, on my Removal."
Advertisement of 24 April 1746: "To be SOLD, at the late Dwelling-house of Dr. John Mitchell, at Urbanna, on the Third Thursday in May next, A Curious Collection of Books, in most Sciences, particularly Physic, Surgery, and Botany; in Greek, Latin, French, and English; being the Library of Dr. John Mitchell, lately gone to England. They may be sold, either the whole together, or separate, as a reasonable price."
NB: Mitchell is believed to have received his M.A. at the University of Edinburgh in 1729 and subsequently studied medicine there without receiving his M.D. Mitchell's post-Virginia library was sold in London in 1769 along with books from several other estates.
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