Books: Doctor on Horseback

GENTLEMAN'S PROGRESS (267 pp.)—Dr. Alexander Hamilton, edited by Carl Bridenbaugh—Chapel Hill ($4).

This is the story of another Alexander Hamilton, a mildly libertine Scottish physician who left Maryland in 1744 on horseback, with his Negro slave Dromo, on a trip around the colonies. He hoped thereby to regain his failing health. In four months he covered 1,624 miles by horse and by sloop, got northeast as far as what is now York, Maine and northwest as far as Schenectady. During the journey he kept an Itinerarium, which, except for a collectors' limited edition in 1907, is now published for the first time.


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