Robert Hanham Collyer Chronology

This Chronology lists the most significant events in the life of Robert Hanham Collyer.
Robert Hanham Collyer Lithograph

Lithograph of a young Robert H Collyer Courtesy, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, USA

Robert was a great grandson of Joseph Collyer (Elder) and Mary Mitchell. His father was Robert Mitchell Collyer, the son of Joseph Collyer (Younger). Robert Mitchell Collyer migrated from London to the channel Isle of Jersey, and there married Ann Dujardin. Robert Hanham Collyer was their eldest child. You can see an abbreviated family tree for Robert and his parents by clicking here.

Robert Hanham Collyer was a multi-talented man, who was involved in a variety of activities throughout his life. In his professional life we was, by turns, a scientist, a phrenologist, an inventor, a showman and a doctor. To say he was much-travelled is a considerable under-statement, and his private life may reasonably be described as “colourful”.

New information re this fascinating man is continually becoming known to us, and therefore we have not felt able to write an account of his life. The chronology has been compiled in order to put information about Robert in the public domain. It is our intention to write an updated account of his life eventually, but the mass of information available means that any text we produce now will be out of date very quickly.

This chronology has been compiled using material found in our research into the life of Robert Hanham Collyer. Sources are listed at the end of the Chronology. Source references cited are those used by us in our recording system.

Date
Event
Source
Page
1814 Born St Helier, Jersey
BAP40:HAB9:HAB14
N/A
Pre 1833 Studied in Paris under “the famous prophet of phrenology Johann Gaspar Spurzheim.”
LIT14
N/A
1833-1835 London University, under Elliotson. First year lived with uncle at 63 Frith Street, Soho. Second year lived at 10 University Street
MSC206
N/A
1835 Rendered unconscious by ether while at London University College
LIT45
Preface, p. v
21 Mar 1836 Arrives Philadelphia with his parents & siblings on the “Kensington”.
MSC20
N/A
15th June 1836 New York City, sets up as a lecturer, uses brother Frederick as subject
LIT14
N/A
? Took steamer “Massachusetts” to Boston
LIT44
N/A
? From Boston, on to Lowell
LIT44
N/A
? From Lowell, on to Nashua (short visit)
LIT44
N/A
? From Nashua to Concord, New Hampshire (by stagecoach)
LIT44
N/A
? From Concord back to Boston, then to Providence
LIT44
N/A
? From Providence to Philadelphia (via New York?)
LIT44
N/A
? Also went to Baltimore
LIT44
N/A
? Returned from Washington to Boston
LIT44
N/A
? From Boston to Lynn, Salem, Newburyport, Portsmouth, Dover
LIT44
N/A
? Retraced his course to Portland, Maine, barely stopping at intervening towns
LIT44
N/A
c1838 Gave series of lectures in Belfast, Maine
LIT42
N/A
c1838 “Lights & Shadows of American Life”, Boston
LIT44
N/A
1838 “Manual of Phrenology”
LIT43
N/A
Sept 1838 At Louisville, found ‘Mrs Collyer’ in bed with Captain Marryat (of “Children of the New Forest” fame). This caused a great scandal, but a duel was averted.
LIT63
N/A
11 Mar 1839 Applies for US citizenship in St Louis, Missouri
MSC55
N/A
1839 Dr. R.H. Collyer … has the pleasure of informing the citizens … of Saratoga Springs, that he will deliver his … lecture on the philosophy of the mind, in the course of a few days. [A handbill.] Held by the National Library of Scotland
MSC139
N/A
1839 Lectures on phrenology in Hartford
LIT14
p26
1839 Senior student of the Berkshire Medical Institution, Massachusetts, U.S.A
MSC47
N/A
1839 “Manual of Phrenology, or the Physiology of the Human Brain …”
LIT43
N/A
Oct 1839 First time he was magnetised, as a student, by Dr Cleaveland
LIT45
p48
Nov 1839 Magnetises a young lady at an evening party in Pittsfield
LIT45
p49
Dec 1839 Fixed dislocated hip of father’s negro slave, New Orleans
MSC46
N/A
1840 Lecturing at Peel’s Museum New York
MSC213
N/A
1840 Charlestown, South Carolina
LIT45
p130
1840 Series of lectures and experiments with nitrous oxide in Baltimore
LIT45
p139
Jan – Mar 1841 Lectured on phrenology then embarked on a lecture tour to Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore and New Orleans
LIT38
p 102ff
19 April 1841 Lecturing at the American Museum, New York
LIT38
p 102ff
20 April – 15 May 1841 Lecturing at the American Museum, New York. Said to be departing for Boston at the end of this period.
NEW51
N/A
24 May – 21 June 1841 and beyond Lecturing in Boston at the Museum and Masonic Temple. Two young ladies from New York helping him with his experiments.
NEW55 & NEW56
N/A
Spring 1841 ‘First’ lectures in Boston – lectured almost every night for 3 months
LIT16
N/A
Sep 7 1841 Gave copy of Chauncey Townshend’s ‘Facts in Mesmerism’ to Poe’s friend John Neal
LIT14
p37
17 Sep 1841 Dr Collyer lectured in Bangor the previous evening. He was then to ‘try his skill’ on a Southern Lawyer, formerly of Bangor.
NEW150
N/A
18 Sep 1841 “Animal Magnetism” lectures at City Hall, Bangor, had mixed results.
NEW148
N/A
20 Sep 1841 Dr Collyer was repeatedly applauded at the City Hall, Bangor on the night of 18 Sep.
NEW137
N/A
22 Sep 1841 Report of RHC assisting during a surgical operation to remove a child’s eye. RHC said to be soon leaving for Belfast. Some debate in later articles about whether it was the magnetism or the morphine that quieted the child.
NEW138-40
N/A
1 Dec 1841 RHC said to have “made a lot of splendid failures in animal magnetism at Baltimore. He and Frederick are considered downright humbugs.”
NEW141
N/A
Dec 1841 Mesmerises 22 month old child to facilitate removal of fungus from eye, while at Bangor. Account in The Bostonian, April 23 rd 1842
LIT45
p4
13, 15, 20, 22 Jan 1842 Lecturing in Boston, then did not appear there again till April
LIT63
N/A
27 Jan 1842 Charles Dickens writes to RHC and addresses letter to New Bedford
LIT63
N/A
1842 “The Mesmeric magazine, or, Journal of animal magnetism”. Edited by RHC, Boston.
MSC199
N/A
1842 Improves mode of making sugar
LIT45
p28
April 11 1842 Report of lecture in the ‘Boston Daily Ledger’
LIT45
p7
May 28 1842 Report of lecture in the ‘Boston Daily Ledger’
LIT45
p9
Jul-Dec 1842 Article in “Punch” mentions Collyer extracting a tooth
LIT49
N/A
1842-1843 Boston
LIT45
p6
1 Feb 1843 RHC writes to Prof Elliotson from Albany, NY, giving an account of the bowl of molasses experiment.
NEW145
N/A
Spring 1843 Met Poe at one of revival preacher William Miller’s mass meetings
LIT14
p36
1843 Extracted teeth
MSC46
p10
1843 “Psychography of Thought” (Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.A.)
MSC48
N/A
1843 “History and Philosophy of ANIMAL MAGNETISM”, by A Practical Magnetizer (possibly COLLYER). Published in Boston, Mass., by J.N.Bradley & Co.
LIT16
N/A
1843 Boston, Philadelphia & Other Places in U.S.A. (“Liverpool Mail”, 13th October 1843, reviews lecture & mentions other lectures).
MSC46
pp 5/6
1843 Hawthorne mentions RHC in a sketch “The Hall of Fantasy”, Pioneer 1
LIT14
p39
March 17 1843 Report of lecture in the “Providence Evening Chronicle”
LIT45
p9
April 1843 Series of lectures in the Museum lecture room, Philadelphia at one of which he removes a tooth from a Miss Allen
MSC46
p10
4 Apr 1843 Dr Collyer gives “important cautions to those who wish to examine this subject [mesmerism] practically”
NEW126
N/A
18 Apr 1843 “Wisconsin Democrat” publishes account of bowl of molasses experiment.
NEW127
N/A
July 1843 Lectures on mesmerism in Saint John, Nova Scotia, Canada. A subject, Charles Snyder, claims that RHC paid him to perform staged demonstrations, resulting in a controversy.
LIT51
pp97-99
July 17 – Aug 10 1843 Lecturing in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Series of articles in the “Nova Scotian”.
NEW50
N/A
14 July 1843 Clairvoyant account of the great Anti-Mesmeric Meeting’, “Weekly Chronicle” (Saint John), 14 July 1843, p.2 – believed to mention RHC
LIT51
p107
Oct. 1843 Lecturing in Liverpool, England. Has an assistant called Baron Kowalewski.
MSC46, NEW11
Jan 27 1844 Liverpool – sent letter to the Editor of the “People’s Phrenological Journal”.
LIT45
p13
1844 Boston – office in School Street.
MSC46
N/A
Feb – Apr 1844 Cheltenham, England. Lectures include ‘Wild men of the far West’ and he is accompanied by a native American, Jockosot. Prior to this date at some point he was physician to the Marine Hospital, New Orleans.
MSC46, NEW13
N/A
2 Apr 1845 Married Susannah Hawley Macdonald, a 30 year old widow in Salcombe Regis, Devon.
MC25
N/A
18 Jun 1845 Account of marriage appears in “Tioga Eagle”. Susannah is reported to be ‘the grand daughter of the renowned Flora Macdonald, who saved the life of Prince Charles Edward Stewart, after the battle of Culloden, in 1749.’
NEW132
N/A
Jul 1845 RHC arrived in NY from Liverpool
MSC251
N/A
1845 Mexico. In charge of cholera hospital?
MSC46, LIT14
N/A
1845 Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.A.
DIR03
N/A
1845 Possessed a hydro-electric machine, the largest ever constructed
LIT45
p97
Dec 27 1845 Letter from RHC published in “The Broadway Journal” responding to Poe’s ‘Valdemar’ hoax. Says he has not lectured publicly on mesmerism for 2 years.
LIT14
p38
1846 Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.A.
DIR03
N/A
Summer 1846 Returned to Europe and to Jersey, practised as a physician and occasionally gave lectures, including one on 10 Dec 1846
LIT45
p14
Dec. 1846 St.Helier, Jersey
MSC46
N/A
1847 Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.A.
DIR03
N/A
1847 Anaesthesia controversy
LIT14
p41
2 Jan 1847 St Helier, Jersey
LIT45
p17
6 Jan 1847 Letter to the London Critic, Jan 6 1847
MSC46
p15
10 Feb 1847 Attends soiree at Marquis of Northampton’s Residence, Picadilly, London
NEW69
N/A
March 1847 Letter to the “London Critic”, March 1847
MSC46
p15
26 Mar 1847 St Helier, Jersey
LIT45
p127
Mar. 1847 London, England.
MSC46
N/A
Apr 1847 Letter to the “London Critic”, April 10 1847 (no 119) refers to him being ill.
MSC46
p15
Sep 1847 Arrives New York with father and cousin George Clayton Collyer
MSC208
N/A
Sep 1847 “Model Personification” show at New York’s Apollo Rooms. Ran for three months.
LIT62
pp92-93
Approx 1848 RHC arrives back in New York after a trip to England with a troupe of ‘model artists’ – male and female models who are supposed to have been found in Rome and London, who had posed for the painters of the academies, and who had been chosen for their beauty of form. They were clad in body stockings and posed on stage as living statues and mocked up some of the great paintings. However, George G Foster, an eye witness, said that they were actually rather unattractive and disgusting.
LIT64
N/A
1848 Took Model Artistes to New Orleans , Walt Whitman in audience p43
21 Mar 1848? – 9 May at least First performance of Model Artistes in New Orleans. Crescent reports on the performances. Audience mostly male and house packed. At the end of one performance RHC appears on stage “after the performance for a bow, shoeless in a black coat and a vest of pea-green hue”. On May 9, General Zachary Taylor appeared on stage. The Star Spangled Banner was played and a tableau “purposely complimentary to General Taylor” was shown. A riot had taken place at a similar show in New York in March.
LIT60
N/A
Apr 1848 Brought Model Artistes to Mobile, Alabama.
LIT50
N/A
24 May 1848 Report of a fight which took place on stage during a Model Artists performance in Mobile. Mars trod on the toes of Venus and the rest of the cast and audience joined in.
NEW128
N/A
3 Jul 1848 Report that RHC’s Model Artists were allowed by the city council of Cincinnati between June 28 and 30, but the matter was reconsidered on 1 July ‘in consequence of a female having been exhibited on Thursday night, in nude form, having no covering save the stockinet’.
NEW147
N/A
17 March 1849 Notice published in “New York Herald”: “Fremont Association meet this evening at 7 1/2 o’clock, at the Minerva Rooms, 406 Broadway, to make final arrangements for our departure for California. Isaac Brower, President.” Cost of journey $180, journey would go through “in 45 days” under escort of General William J. Worth and Colonel “Jack” Hays.
LIT52
Introduction page i
3 Apr 1849 Sailed to Galveston on the B.R.Milan with the Fremont Association accompanied by ‘a lady’
MSC223
N/A
3 Apr 1849 A meeting called on board about wagons. RHC chairman. Difficulty getting ‘Mrs Colyer’ a state room – party surprised that she was accompanying RHC. RHC’s brother Freddy was also accompanying him.
LIT52
p3
4 Apr 1849 RHC chosen as secretary.
LIT52
p4
9 Apr 1849 “Dissatisfaction about Dr. Colyer among the members”
LIT52
p8
11 Apr 1849 RHC skips cooking dinner. This precipitates a meeting at which he is asked to produce the case of surgical instruments, along with a bill, for which members had contributed money. RHC says he will quit the association if they continue in their course regarding him. Says he was too ill to cook and that it was not customary for physicians in the army and navy to cook. Is told he has not been appointed physician of the Association. Says he has no bill for the instruments. Members vote to expel him from the Association – carried. The resolutions purported that there was an unenviable notoriety connected with the name of Dr Colyer, that his conduct was insufferable, and that he should be dismissed from the Association. These resolutions should be published in a Galveston paper with a request that New York papers copy them. RHC rejoined that he would take the matter to a tribunal and that he would publish his own account in the papers, being the regular correspondent of 2 New York papers.
LIT52
p8
12 Apr 1849 RHC removes gilt star and band from his Fremont cap. Is said to be without means.
LIT52
p10
13 Apr 1849 Another encounter took place between Dr Colyer and his lady which resulted in latter obtaining a sable-coloured eye and cut lip. RHC is also said to have been arguing loudly with the Doctor from the Smith Company, also on board.
LIT52
p11
15 Apr 1849 RHC started to give a lecture on the first chapter of Genesis but was stopped by the captain who had not given permission. Mr Weld of the Methodist Episcopal Church then took the service and criticised those preaching false doctrines (meaning RHC).
LIT52
p12
18 Apr 1849 RHC wrote a letter to the president of the Association asking permission to defend himself against the imputations that had been made about him. He made a somewhat eloquent speech which amounted to nothing.
LIT52
p15
19 Apr 1849 Frightened while bathing by a fish coming near him
LIT52
p16
27 Apr 1849 Fremont Association arrived in Galveston – assumed to have parted company with RHC at this point.
LIT52
p21
July 1849 Attacked by banditti in the Sierra Madre mountains and lost some documentary evidence of his experiments with anaesthesia.
LIT45
Preface, p. vi
23 Sep 1849 Saltillo, Cohuhuila
LIT45
p128
13 Mar 1850 Dr. Colyer’s Athenaeum opened on Commercial St, San Francisco, between Montgomery and Kearny.
MSC224
N/A
21 May 1850 Huron Reflector reports that ‘A troupe of “Model Artists” have been imported from New South Wales into San Francisco, “and such models in form and mortals” are seldom exhibited.” Was this RHC’s troupe?
NEW135
N/A
April – July 1850 Collyer’s Model Artistes appeared at Pacific Theater, Sacramento to packed houses for 2 weeks some time between these dates. Tickets were $5 and $3, rent $100 per night.
NEW57
N/A
23 April 1851 The Times mentions Collyer as being a Hypnotist
NEW70
N/A
May 1851 Great fire of San Francisco, RHC loses more documentary evidence of experiments with anaesthesia. Athenaeum is in the affected area, and presumably burnt
LIT45
N/A
1851 Invents new method of crushing quartz
LIT45
p28
1852 Invents new amalgamating apparatus
LIT45
p28
1852 California, U.S.A.
MSC46
1852 Grass Valley, Nevada County, California
LIT45
p81
c1852 Son Robert A born in California
MARC61
N/A
20 Aug 1852 Account appears in NYT to say that RHC has inherited a fortune of $600,000 from a relative who died intestate
NEW49
N/A
Oct 1853 New York
LIT45
p32
1854 Invents improved breech loading cannon
LIT45
p28
Jan 1854 Ore Mill Quartz Pulverizer Patent, San Francisco – no 10388
MSC222
N/A
April 1854 Collyer’s gold-crushing machine is to be built by Ransomes & Sims of Ipswich. One machine to be set up in the Crystal Palace, another at the Colonial Gold Company in Rotherhithe, for the purpose of experiment
NEW42
p11
6 June 1854 Gold-Amalgamator Patent, New York – no 11034
MSC225
N/A
1855 Visits coprolite pit in Suffolk where Foxhall jaw was found
LIT48
N/A
March 1857 Receives Foxhall jaw from Sir Thomas Beaver, Bart., of Norfolk
LIT48
N/A
Oct 1857 Visits United States & visits his parents at Camden, New Jersey
MSC213
N/A
28 Apr 1858 NYT reports RHC and “Mrs Collyer” have arrived on the steamship Uncle Sam from Aspinwall
NEW48
N/A
Jun 1858 NYT mentions Collyer has invented “an improved mode of preparing the residue of beet root, mangel-wurtzel, &c., left after sugar-making and distillation, to be used as a material in making paper”
LIT50
N/A
1859 Invents new composition for coating the bottom of iron ships
LIT45
p28
8 Dec 1859 Report of RHC having succeeded in manufacturing ‘a paper from straw which is in every respect equal to rag paper’.
NEW144
N/A
9/12/1859 Writes to the Times from 8 Alpha Rd about flint implements
NEW41
N/A
1860 Invents new paper material
LIT45
p28
18 Apr 1860 Presents a paper on paper material at the Society of Arts
NEW43
N/A
1861 Census – 8 Alpha Rd, Marylebone, London with wife Eliza (30), son Robert A (9) born California, and Thomas Capern, mesmerist from Devon
MARC61
N/A
1861 Invents new paper material (again)
LIT45
p28
1862 Invents new machine for cleaning wheat and other grain
LIT45
p28
1862 Invents chemical ink pencil
LIT45
p28
1862 Invents covering for electric telegraph cables
LIT45
p28
1 Feb 1862 Contributes to “Spiritual Magazine”
LIT45
p106
1862 1862, International Exhibition, London – Chairman of Class 4
NEW35
1863 Invents new tubing for chemical purposes
LIT45
p28
Feb. 1863 London, England – dtr Dulcybella bap. St Luke, Finsbury, mother = Mary Ann
BAP54
N/A
April 1863 Exhibits Foxhall jaw at Ethnological Society of London
LIT48
N/A
4 April 1864 Arrived New York on steamship “City of London” from Liverpool, UK
NEW54
N/A
10 May 1864 Dr Collyer part of a deputation of the Inventors’ Institute which goes to the office of Her Majesty’s Works and Public Buildings
NEW44
p9
15 June 1864 Marries Emily Jeans Clements, 16 years old, at Marylebone Register Office
MC26
N/A
7 April 1865 Daughter Emily Pauline Leitrim Collyer born at 92 Oakley St.
BC24 & CAC81
N/A
5 Oct 1865 Registers daughter Emily’s birth. Recorded as living at 3 Park Place, Grosvenor Road, Pimlico.
BC24
N/A
1865 Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
LIT48
N/A
c1866 ‘Grandson’ Robert / France born – census. 1881 says Boulogne.
CAC81
N/A
1867 Paris, France.
MSC46
N/A
1867 ‘The Fossil Human Jaw from Suffolk’, Anthropological Review
LIT48
N/A
1868 “History of the anaesthetic discovery by the discoverer” (Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon-General’s Office US Army Authors & Subjects, Vol III CHOLECYANIN-DZONDI, 1882
MSC48
P299
Sep 1868 Bruges
LIT45
p6
1870 Invents new machinery for treating flax
LIT45
p28
Jan 1870 Lille, France
LIT45
p130
11 June 1870 “The Lancet” says “Dr Collyer, to our minds, is the true modern pioneer, after all – the man who ran first.”
LIT45
Title page
1871 Census – 9 Pelham Street, Brompton, Kensington, with wife Jean E, ‘granddaughter’ Pauline born England and ‘grandson’ Robert L born France.
KEC71
N/A
1 Jun 1871 199 Brompton Rd, SW
LIT45
Preface, p.viii
1871 “Mysteries of the Vital Element” (London).
LIT45
N/A
1871 “Review of the ‘Lancet’ Article”, London.
MSC46
N/A
1871 “Reply to professor Allen Thomson’s address as president of the biological section at the British association” held by Glasgow Library
MSC139
N/A
1871 Planning to visit British India in a few months
LIT45
p107
1872 Collyer wins Grand Gold Medal at the Moscow Polytechnic Exhibition
NEW39
N/A
1873 Marriage to Emily Jeans Clements annulled due to RHC’s bigamy .
MSC207 & NEW36
N/A
1873 London, England. Address: 166, Brompton Road, London, S.W.
MSC49 & MSC44
N/A
1873 “Exalted States of the Nervous System”, London.
MSC49
N/A
1876 “Automatic Writing – The Slade Prosecution – Vindication of the Truth” (London).
B Lib Cat
N/A
Spring 1876 Collyer has been living with a Mrs Sigismund, who has taken his name, for some time. Her husband files for divorce.
NEW37
N/A
1877 “Early history of the anaesthetic discovery; or painless surgical operations. With letters to and from Sir James Y. Simpson, Dr. Benjamin W. Richardson & Dr. Henry Bennet. Boston vs Hartford / Robert Hanham Collyer.” London: H. Vickers, 1877. Held by Wellcome Library.
MSC139
N/A
1879 London, England.
MSC45
N/A
Feb 1889 ‘Machine for decorticating fibrous plants’ patented. RHC residing at New Orleans.
MSC210
N/A
Apr 1889 ‘Machine for delinting cotton-seed’ patented. RHC residing at New Orleans.
MSC212
N/A
July 1889 ‘Cotton-seed cleaner’ patented. RHC residing at New Orleans.
MSC211
N/A
c1891 Died New Orleans, La., U.S.A.
HAB14
N/A
1901 Census entry for Robert H Collyer, poss grandson of RHC
1901 Census – RG13/1260, fo not known
N/A
 

Sources

Reference
Description
B Lib Cat British Library Integrated Catalogue – http://catalogue.bl.uk/F/?func=file&file_name=login-bl-list
BAP40 Jersey – COLLYER 1861-4
BAP54 St.Luke, Old Street, Finsbury – DULCYBELLA COLLYER (& annotation re HANHAM baptism)
BC23 Birth Certificate – EMILY PAULINE LEITRIM COLLYER, London, 1865
CAC81 1881 Census Camberwell, RG11/0679, fo 54, p 7
DIR03 McElroy’s City Directory of Philadelphia, 1845 – 1851.
HAB9 BANKS Pedigree Book trees
HAB14 COLLYERs Statutory Declaration, USA, 1897
KEC71 1871 Census Kensington, RG10/51, fo 74, p 26, Sch 160 (KEC71) 1871 Census Kensington, RG10/51, fo 74, p 26, Sch 160
LIT14 Stoehr, T “Robert H.Collyer’s Technology of the Soul”. (From: Wroxel, Arthur (ed.), Pseudo-Science and Society in Nineteenth Century America, Lexington University Press of Kentucky), 1987. (
LIT16 “The History and Philosophy of Animal Magnetism”, by a Practical Magnetizer, 1843.
LIT37 Wright, AJ, ‘Gardner Quincy Colton’s 1848 Visit to Mobile, Alabama’
LIT38 Nygren, EJ, “Rubens Peale’s Experiments with Mesmerism”. (Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Vol 114, No 2, pp 100-108), 1970.
LIT42 Website http://www.ppquimby.com/collie/collie.htm
LIT43 Phrenology text from website Case Western Reserve University, USA http://www.cru.edu/artsci/dittrick/artifactspages/a-4phrenology.htm
LIT44 “Lights & Shadows of American Life”
LIT45 Mysteries of the Vital Element , by Robert Hanham Collyer, 1871
LIT48 “The Fossil Human Jaw From Suffolk” by Robert H Collyer, MD. From: “Anthropological Review”, Vol.V No. XVII, 1867, pp.221-229
LIT49 http:www.victorianlondon.org/science/mesmerism.htm
LIT50 “New York Daily Times” article 10 April 1852, pg 2
LIT51 “Organised Medicine in Colonial New Brunswick” , Peter J. Mitham, 1996 – from website http://www.cbmh.ca/archive/00000356/01/cbmhbchm_v13n1mitham.pdf
LIT52 “Overland to California on the Southwestern Trail 1849″ , Robert Eccleston, edited by George P. Hammond & Edward H. Howes, University of California Press, 1950
LIT60 “Walt Whitman” by Jerome Loving, University of California Press, 2000
LIT62 Horrible Prettiness: Burlesque and American Culture, Robert C Allen, UNC Press, 1991
LIT63 “Letters of Charles Dickens 1842-1843″, Oxford University Press, 1974
LIT64 “New York by Gas-Light and Other Urban Sketches”, George G. Foster, University of California Press, 1991
LIT65 “Psychography: A Treatise on One of the Objective Forms of Psychic or Spiritual Phenomena”, by Rev. William Stainton Moses 1840-1892
LIT66 “Marryat’s Diary in America”, edited by Jules Zanger, Nicholas Vane, London, 1960
LIT68 “Abridgments of the Specifications relating to the manufacture of paper, Pasteboard, and papier Mache” – Page 150
LIT69 “Waste Products and Undeveloped Substances: Or, Hints for Enterprise in Neglected Fields” – pp 152/3 by P. L. (Peter Lund) Simmonds Pub London, Robert Hardwicke, 1862
LIT71 “The Rover Omnibus”, Boston, December 27, 1843. Pages 254-5
LIT72 “Telepathy and the Subliminal Self”, R. Osgood Mason, Henry Holt & Co, 1897
LIT74 “Creators of the Age of Steel”, WT Jeans, Kessinger Publishing, 2005
LIT75 “American Journal of Dental Science”, 1842, William Gird Beecroft
LIT76 “An American Liaison: Leamington Spa and the Hawthornes, 1855-1864″, Bryan Homer, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1998
LIT77 “American Philosophical Society”, William Peirce Randel, Published by American Philosophical Society, 1970
LIT78 “Annals of Salem”, Joseph Barlow Felt, 1849
LIT79 “Behind the Burnt Cork Mask: Early Blackface Minstrelsy and Antebellum Popular Culture”, William J Mahar, University of Illinois Press, 1998
LIT80 “Emersonian Circles: Essays in Honor of Joel Myerson”, By Joel Myerson, Wesley T. Mott, Robert E. Burkholder, 1997, Boydell & Brewer
LIT81 “Guide to the Crystal Palace and Park”, Samuel Phillips, 1854
LIT82 “History of the British Steel Industry”, J. C. Carr & W. Taplin, Harvard University Press, 1962
LIT83 “Mark Twain as Critic”, Sydney Joseph Krause, Johns Hopkins Univ Pr, 1967
LIT84 “Ohio Medical History – Pre-Civil War, Archeological And Historical Quarterly”, Volume 53, p344
LIT85 “Horrible Prettiness: Burlesque and American Culture”, Robert C Allen, UNC Press, 1991
LIT86 “Something Coming: Apocalyptic Expectation and Mid-nineteenth-century American Painting”, Gail E. Husch, UPNE, 2000
LIT87 “Spreading the Word: A History of Information in the California Gold Rush”, By Richard Thomas Stillson, Univ of Nebraska Press, 2006
LIT88 “Resonances, 1836-1849: the New York music scene in the days of George Templeton Strong”, Vera Brodsky Lawrence, University of Chicago Press, 1995
LIT89 “The British Controversialist and Literary Magazine”, Houlston and Stonemen, 1861
LIT90 “The History of Lynn: Including Nahant”, Alonzo Lewis, S.N.Dickinson, 1844
LIT91 “An Exposition of Spiritualism: Comprising Two Series of Letters, and a Review of the ‘Spiritual Magazine’, No. 20. as Published in the ‘Star and Dial’, Sceptic”, G. Manwaring, 1862
LIT92 “The Spiritual Magazine” VOL.III December 1,1862, Published by F. Pitman, 1862 – article re RHC in February issue included in this volume
LIT93 “The London Medical Gazette”, Printed for Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1847
LIT94 “The Phrenological Journal and Science of Health”, Fowler & Wells, 1839
LIT95 “The Scientific Review; Journal of The Inventors’ Institute”, 1866
LIT97 Chronological index of patents applied for and patents granted [afterw.] of patentees and… By Patent office
LIT98 Report of the commissioners for the exhibition of 1862, to the Right Hon. Sir George Grey, By Commissioners for the exhibition of 1862
LIT99 Official Catalogue … By United States Centennial Commission , 1876
LIT100 Patents for inventions. Abridgments of specifications, Patent Office, 1861
LIT101 “The Chemical News and Journal of Industrial Science”, 1865
LIT102 “The Year-book of Facts in Science and Art”, By John Timbs, Published by Simpkin, Marshall, and Co., 1863
LIT103 “Journal of the Society of Arts”, By Society of Arts (Great Britain), Published by The Society, 1860
MARC61 1861 Census Marylebone RG9/85, f 22, p 3, Sch 12
MC25 Marriage Certificate – ROBERT HANHAM COLLYER m Married SUSANNAH HAWLEY MACDONALD, Salcombe Regis, Devon, 1845
MC26 Marriage Certificate – ROBERT HANHAM COLLYER m EMILY JEANS CLEMENTS, London, 1864
MSC20 Ship’s Manifest – “Kensington”, 1836
MSC44 “The Medical Directory for 1873 & General Medical Register”, P 80
MSC45 “The Medical Directory for 1879 & General Medical Register”, P 80
MSC46 Review -“Lancet” item – History – Anaesthetic Discovery, 1871
MSC47 Catalogue – Berkshire (USA) Medical Institute, 1839
MSC48 Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon-General’s Office US Army Authors & Subjects, Vol III CHOLECYANIN-DZONDI, 1882, P 299.
MSC49 Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon-General’s Office US Army Authors & Subjects, Vol III C-CYZGAN, 1898, P 760.
MSC55 U.S.Citizenship Affidavit Robert Hanham Collyer, 1839
MSC139 COPAC List of Publications – COLLYER
MSC199 website http://microformguides.gale.com/Data/Download/1001000R.pdf – American Medical Periodicals, 1797-1900. Entry : Page 6, Reel: 54 The Mesmeric magazine, or, Journal of animal magnetism.Boston: Saxton and Pierce and R. Carter. 1842 Vol. 1 (July 1842).; 1 v.; No more published.; Edited by R.H. Collyer
MSC206 University College London Registers, 1842-1852
MSC207 Index to Divorce & Matrimonial Causes – CLEMENTS v COLLYER, 1872
MSC208 New York, 1820 – 1850 Passenger & Immigration List (Ancestry.com)
MSC210 US Patent Office – Patent No 397,536 – Machine for Decorticating Fibrous Plants
MSC211 US Patent Office – Patent No 408,085 – Cotton Seed Cleaner
MSC212 US Patent Office – Patent No 402,232 – Machine for Delinting Cotton-Seed
MSC213 The Authenticated Apparition of a Dying Captain – article re death of JOSEPH COLLYER from http://spiritwritings.com/EnigmaSurvivalHart.pdf
MSC222 US Patent Office – Patent No 10,388 – Improvement in Quartz-Pulverizers – ROBERT HANHAM COLLYER, 1854
MSC223 “New York Herald”, 7 April 1849 – Passenger list – B R Milan – bound for Galveston. http://www.pt5dome.com/NYHShips04071849.htm
MSC224 .ROBERT HANHAM COLLYER opens Athenaeum – Chronology on San Francisco Virtual Museum Website, http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist/chron2.html
MSC225 US Patent Office – Patent No 11,034 – Gold-Amalgamator
MSC233 “Science Magazine” – letter from H F Osborn re ROBERT HANHAM COLLYER and the Foxhall Jaw
MSC251 Passenger List Vessel “St Patrick” – ROBT H COLLYER and family listed as passengers.
MSC294 Hawthorne in Salem – copy of web page
MSC295 “US Patent Office – Patent No 304,910 – Treatment of flax in the retting or steeping process
NEW10 Liverpool Press” report on lecture by ROBERT HANHAM COLLYER, 1843
NEW11 “Liverpool Mail”, Saturday 14th October 1843.
NEW13 “Cheltenham Examiner”, Tuesday 14th February 1844.
NEW35 “The Times”, 23 May 1862 – letter re International Exhibition from ROBERT HANHAM COLLYER
NEW36 “The Times”, 10 May 1873 – CLEMENTS (FALSELY CALLED COLLYER) v COLLYER
NEW37 “The Times”, 17 May 1877 – SIGISMUND v SIGISMUND, COLLYER and WELLS
NEW39 “The Times”, 20 Dec 1872
NEW41 “The Times”, 9 Dec 1859
NEW42 “The Times”, Thursday, Apr 13, 1854 Money-Market and City Intelligence re gold-crushing machine, ROBERT HANHAM COLLYER
NEW43 “The Times”, Tuesday, Apr 17, 1860 – ROBERT HANHAM COLLYER presents a paper on paper material at the Society of Arts
NEW44 “The Times”, 11 May 1864 – Court Circular
NEW48 “The New York Daily Times”, 20 August 1853
NEW49 “The New York Daily Times”, 20 Aug 1852
NEW50 “The Nova Scotian”, July – August 1843
NEW51 “The New York Herald”, April-May 1841
NEW54 “The New York Times”, 5 April 1864
NEW55 “The Boston Morning Post”, May – June 1841
NEW56
“The Boston Morning Post”, 22 June 1841
NEW57 “Sacramento Daily Union”, 15 May 1865
NEW69 “The Times”, 15 Feb 1847
NEW70 “The Times”, 23 Apr 1851
NEW126 “Southport Telegraph” – Tuesday, April, 4, 1843 – South Port, Wisconsin
NEW127 “Wisconsin Democrat” – Tuesday, April, 18, 1843 – Madison, Wisconsin
NEW128 “Weekly Wisconsin” – Wednesday, May, 24, 1848 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
NEW129 “The Ohio Democrat” – Thursday, January, 1, 1880 – New Philadelphia, Ohio
NEW130 “Yates County Chronicle” – Thursday, March, 15, 1883 – Penn Yan, New York
NEW131 “The Wellsboro Agitator” – Tuesday, July, 16, 1878 – Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
NEW132 “Tioga Eagle” – Wednesday, June, 18, 1845 – Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
NEW135 “Huron Reflector” – Tuesday, May, 21, 1850 – Norwalk, Ohio
NEW136 “The Freeborn County Standard” – Thursday, December, 4, 1879 – Albert Lea, Minnesota
NEW137 “Bangor Daily Whig And Courier” – Monday, September, 20, 1841 – Bangor, Maine
NEW138 “Bangor Daily Whig And Courier” – Wednesday, September, 22, 1841 – Bangor, Maine
NEW139 “Bangor Daily Whig And Courier” – Friday, September 24, 1841 – Bangor, Maine
NEW140 “Bangor Daily Whig And Courier” – Saturday, September, 25, 1841 – Bangor, Maine
NEW141 “Bangor Daily Whig And Courier” – Wednesday, December, 1, 1841 – Bangor, Maine
NEW142 “The Daily Constitution” – Thursday, November, 27, 1879 – Atlanta, Georgia
NEW143 “The Daily Constitution” – Saturday, December, 13, 1879 – Atlanta, Georgia
NEW144 “The Appleton Motor” – Thursday, December, 8, 1859 – Appleton, Wisconsin
NEW145 “Southport Telegraph” – Tuesday, April, 11, 1843 – South Port, Wisconsin
NEW146 “Nevada State Journal” – Sunday, December, 19, 1880 – Reno, Nevada
NEW147 “The Sandusky Clarion” – July 3 1848
NEW148 “Bangor Daily Whig And Courier” – Saturday, September, 18, 1841
NEW149 Chillicothe Morning Constitution – Wednesday, February, 5, 1890
NEW150 “Bangor Daily Whig And Courier” – Friday, September 17, 1841
NEW170 “Brooklyn Eagle” – Humourous mention in passing of ROBERT HANHAM COLLYER
NEW171 “The Guardian” – Assault case involving ROBERT HANHAM COLLYER and a Mr Smith
NEW172 “The Guardian” – ROBERT HANHAM COLLYER at the Paris Exhibition
NEW173 “The Guardian” – ROBERT HANHAM COLLYER in India, visiting Egypt next
NEW174 “Iron City, and Pittsburgh Weekly Chronicle”, July 23 1842
NEW175 “The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser”, Saturday 2 June 1855, page 1
NEW176 “The Courier” (Hobart, Tas.), Wednesday 21 August 1850, page 3
NEW177 “Hobart Town Daily Mercury”, Wednesday 6 July 1859, page 2
NEW178 “The Courier” (Hobart, Tas.), Thursday 18 November 1858, page 3
NEW179 “The South Australian Advertiser”, Wednesday 1 August 1860, page 2
NEW180 “Boston Daily Atlas”, 23 Dec 1843
NEW181 “New York Times”, 19 June 1858, page 1

Page last updated by Geoff Culshaw on 8 May 2009.

Chronology last updated by Helen Mitchell & Geoff Culshaw March 2005.

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