Samuel Stearns

Samuel Stearns (1741-1810), was an American astronomer, doctor, author and publisher.

Stearns was born 13 July 1741 at Bolton, Massachusetts. He lived at Paxton, Massachusetts, from 1771 until 1784, from there issuing his annual ''The North-American’s almanack''. He moved to Brattleboro, Vermont, where his regular almanac became ''The Universal Calendar: and Northamerican Almanack''. He also published the first ever nautical almanack (1792) to be printed in America.

His trade was medicine but he also studied herbalism and astronomy. The book ''Annals of Brattleboro, 1681-1895'' states of him that: "His fame as an astronomer led many of the inhabitants to consult him on the turn of future events."

Stearns was a British Loyalist during and after the American Revolutionary War, which caused him to be falsely accused of several crimes and falsely imprisoned. He was forced at various times to flee to the British, first in Long Island, New York (1780–83), later to Britain itself. In 1790 he took a degree from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and travelled in Europe. He returned to America and died at Brattleboro on 8 August 1810. He was buried at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Brattleboro.

His sister married William Herschel, the astronomer.

The Stearns papers are held at 2013 as: "Stearns, Samuel, Papers, 1784-1810; 1904-1935", as part of the American Antiquarian Society's Manuscript Collections.

Works:

* ''The American Herbal or Materia Medica'' (1801) (Part of his larger ''North American Dispensatory'', a uniform textbook for medical treatment). * ''The American Oracle'' (1791) (his collected contributions to ''The Philadelphia Magazine'' of which he was the editor for a short time, on recent discoveries in the arts and sciences). * ''The mystery of animal magnetism revealed'' (1791, a debunking account). * ''Dr. Stearns's Tour from London to Paris'' (1790). * ''A Tour in Holland, by an American'' (1790).

Further reading:

John C.L. Clark, [http://www.americanantiquarian.org/proceedings/44806931.pdf "'The famous Doctor Stearns.' A biographical sketch of Dr. Samuel Stearns with a bibliography"], ''Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society'' 45(2): 317-424. 1935 Provided by Wikipedia

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Published 1785
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by Stearns, Samuel
Published 1771
Printed and sold by R. Draper, T. & J. Fleet and Edes & Gill

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by Stearns, Samuel
Published 1786
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by Stearns, Samuel
Published 1787
[Printed and sold, wholesale and retail, by John Mycall at Newbury-port. [sic]

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by Stearns, Samuel
Published 1791
Printed for, and sold by Hodge and Campbell, Berry and Rogers, and T. Allen. M.DCC.XCI. The copyright of this book is secured agreeable to the act of Congress. (Price two dollars in boards.)

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by Stearns, Samuel
Published 1791
printed for, and sold by, J. Lackington, No. 46 and 47, Chiswell-Street, Moorfields ; and J. Parsons, No. 21, Pater-Noster-Row, London

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by Stearns, Samuel
Published 1775
Printed by I. Thomas, in Worcester; B. Edes, in Watertown; and S. & E. Hall, in Cambridge. (Price 6 coppers single, and 20 shillings the dozen.)

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by Stearns, Samuel
Published 1791
printed by and for W. Sleater, No. 28, Dame-Street, and J. Rice, No. 5, College-Green

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by Stearns, Samuel D., Hush, Don R.
Published 2011
CRC Press

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by Gleason, Ezra
Published 1785
by Isaiah Thomas. (Price 40 s. per gross. 4 s. per dozen. Six-pence single.)
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by Gleason, Ezra
Published 1787
by Isaiah Thomas. (Price 40 s. per gross. 4 s. per dozen. Six pence single.)
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Published 1793
Printed and sold by Samuel Campbell, no 37, Hanover-Square, opposite the bank
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by Freeman, Philo
Published 1772
Printed & sold by S. And E. Hall, near the town-house. (Price 2s. 8d. per dozen, and 4d. single.)
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