Wills and BequestsThe Illustrated London News, vol. 39, no. 1102, p. 133.
August 10, 1861
...A benevolent individual, Mr. Bowditch, of New York, has left 5000 dollars to the Massachusetts General Hospital, as a fund to be called the Wooden-leg Fund, the income to be applied towards defraying the expenses of wooden legs for patients who have been obliged to submit to amputation, females and young patients to have the preference.-Medical Times and Gazette.