Two leather bound books used as daily medical logs by Dr. William Hamilton.
#3 (1799-1803), 6 1/2" x 15" leather bound, 190 pages of heavy cloth stock paper, folded over and tied at the binding with three leather straps, each leaf forming two double sided pages. Writing in ink on the interior and exterior leather covers is faded to non-existent. Cover shows signs of rot and insect damage. Each page is numbered and dated, containing 25-35 entries, separated by hand-drawn lines, noting patient, action taken or prescribed medicine, and a notation of fee charged. First page has William Hamilton's name in calligraphic ink and indicates it is his "Day Book No. 3". Many pages are partially deteriorated, stained and faded. Some pages are only partially legible. A card in the book reads:
"Record Book of Dr. Hamilton 1799-1803
Given to Dr. Laidley by member of Hamilton family and given to Historical Collection of library by Mrs. Laidley in 1915."
#6 (1808-1810), 7 1/2" x 11 1/2", leather bound, 230 pages of heavy cloth watermarked paper. Paper is folded over and it is tied with three leather straps at the binding, each leaf forming two double-sided pages. Front cover has writing in ink, faded to brown and some illegible. Identifiable is "July 16th 1808" and "Wm Hamilton" appears several times, as does "Conway" and some other marks. On back cover "Wm. Hamilton" also appears. Inside cover identifies it as "Day Book No. 6". Every page has about 20 -25 entries, separated by hand-drawn lines, each line noting a patient, action taken or medicine proscribed, and a notation of fee charged. Heavily worn. Ink has faded and many pages show foxing and stains.