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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.807.07 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Header Record Date: Pagination: 3 documents, 1 case

John Lorimer served as a surgeon for the British army in North America between 1758 and 1784, participating in both the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars. He was a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians at Edinburgh, and author of the book "A Concise Essay on Magnetism; with an Account of the Declination and Inclination of the Magnetic Needle; and an Attempt to ascertain the Cause of the Variation thereof," published in 1795. For Lorimer's account of his service as surgeon, refer to GLC01450.807.04.04.

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