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As I understand the story Samuel Lee Jr was the first in Windham Conn filing a medicine patent in 1796. Richard was advertising as early as 1799 in Balto and Michael about the same time (prob slightly later). Richard moved to NYC a couple years into the 19th century. Probably irritated by the competition in Baltimore.

As far as who originated it... you will likely find they both claimed to. One thing that patent medicine dealers had in common is they were all liars. I expect thier insperation came from Samuel Lee.
 

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Thanks for all of the additional information Chris and Matt. I thought I read some where that Richard Lee was the first Lee in regards to medicines. I know I have another News paper from Philadelphia or Washington from 1802 where Richard Lee was advertising his medicine from Baltimore still.It is fun to research and I will go through my late 1790s news papers looking for any mention of the Lees Patent family Medicines. Chris the bottle is awesome it is the exact same glass in color and texture to my Glassboro Turlington Bottles. I am positive the vial was a product of the Glassboro works when Dyott contracted them for all of his work.
 

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what year did Richard Lee die? must have been around 1810 or so???

Noah Ridgely was selling in the 1830s. Not sure of the whole date range of his business.
Matt,
Hannah was Richards wife and she signs the advertisement shown here as a widow so it probably is safe to assume Richard had passed before April of 1807 when Hannah first ran this ad in the Aurora newspaper
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All of this makes sense as the start date for Dyott to begin touting his own brand.No offense to Lees wife as business women but all of us have seen in our own lives when the main or sole proprietor of a business who is a male passes on the place is never run as efficient and as profitable by the the heir apparent's for the most part as they never seem to be able to manage the daily nuances as the original owner and they just eventually cease to exist.
 

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Steve, Do you have a Richard Lee, Hannah Lee or Noah Ridgely glass bottle to sell? SPage
 

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