W0057 TO [DR.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from friend Jesse Little
Feb 9 1828
To: [Dr.] Calvin McQuesten Bedford, New Hampshire
From: Wentworth, [likely, New Hampshire]
I have been busy this day in reading Good's second class Pneumatica.
My eyes failing me in reading this evening I thought I would spend a small share of it in writing you--I have not received a line from any one of my good old friends since I left Hanover and thinking you would like to know whether I lived through that awful scene which I had so long dreaded and which you are now impatiently waiting for, I improve this opportunity to inform you.
We were examined at Dr. Mussey's house and when my hour arrived I went as it were trembling, but after I got into the room I professed as much composure of mind as I ever did when questioned in the hall. I was much disappointed. Dr. Oliver commenced first on physiology then on theory, and practice, took up haemorrhage in general and then the different kinds, he puts his questions very fair indeed. Professor Hale next took me on electricity, affinity, attraction etc. Dr. Mussey brought up the rear, delegates nothing to say.
Dr. Mussey took me on the blood vessels and nerves. I went in at half past eight and they let me out before the clock struck nine. I advise you to be a good scholar if you wish to be questioned a good while on examination for they would keep such as York, Sergeant, Simpson, Hutchinson, Whyte in a screwing of them an hour and a half, but a poor scholar like Spaldwin, Haseltine and some others not more that half or three quarters of an hour at most before they would get sick of them and let them go.
After I went to my room that evening we had a little good old Cognac and Madeira, quite a number in my room that evening, friend Leavett I left on the ground when I came from Hanover he was not examined, friend Anderson I left in our room and he was not only sick but well to live under the influence of O be Joyful. Give my respects to him when you see him at Brunswick next spring. Be so good as to favour me with a catalogue from Brunswick institution. I am at Dr. Whipples in Wentworth, expect to stay till he returns from Washington and perhaps longer. Nobody sick, nothing to do but study. I chew no tobacco, smoke no pipes, nor take any snuff, and so poor that I can't get much spirit to drink--
Be so kind as to write soon and I will assure you I remain with much respect your friend