Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846
Jenner, Edward, 1749-1823
This silver snuffbox was a gift from Edward Jenner to Benjamin Waterhouse and contained quills impregnated with cowpox vaccine matter for use in America. In a letter dated November 16, 1802, Waterhouse said,"Dr. Jenner has been to me what the sun is to the moon... Dr. Jenner has just sent me a present I highly prize, a silver box inlaid with gold of exquisite taste and workmanship, bearing the inscription, 'Edward Jenner to Benjamin Waterhouse.' But Mr. [John] Ring annexed the superscription in rather a hyperbolic style, 'From the Jenner of the Old World to the Jenner of the New World.'"
Silver snuffbox given to Benjamin Waterhouse by Edward Jenner, containing quills impregnated with cowpox vaccine
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Gift of Mrs. William Roscoe Thayer to the Harvard Medical School, 1933
Unknown, “Snuffbox,” OnView: Digital Collections & Exhibits, accessed April 17, 2021, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6640.