AUTOGRAPH

[Daniel Hack Tuke, physician to the York Retreat asylum.] Two Autograph Letters Signed to Bedford Pierce, one on Sir Thomas Clouston, the Royal Edinburgh Asylum, and Pierce's appointment at York, the other on insanity in 'a Lunatic's child'.

Author: 
Daniel Hack Tuke (1827-1895), physician and writer on psychological medicine, visiting physician to the York Retreat asylum and York Dispensary [Bedford Pierce (1861-1932); Sir Thomas Clouston]
Publication details: 
ONE: On letterhead of Lyndon Lodge, Hanwell, W. [London]; 22 June 1892. TWO: No place; 18 November 1893.
£500.00

Two good substantial letters, the first written with Pierce on the verge of leaving Sir Thomas Clouston (1840-1915) and the Royal Edinburgh Asylum, and taking up the position of medical superintendent at the York Retreat asylum, and contemplating going to a conference in Paris in the interim; and the second a discussion of the question of the propensity to insanity of 'a lunatic's Child'. Both items in good condition, lightly aged, on grey paper, with thin strips of paper adhering from mounts. ONE: 22 June 1892. 8pp, 12mo. On two bifoliums. Signed 'D Hack Tuke'.

[John Conolly, physician to Middlesex Asylum, Hanwell, pioneer of humane treatment of insane.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Conolly') to 'John Wilkes Esqe', asking for postponement as he is to give evidence before a Commission de Lunatico Inquirendo'

Author: 
John Conolly (1794-1866), psychiatrist and author, resident physician to the Middlesex County Asylum at Hanwell, pioneer of principle of non-restraint in treatment of the insane
Publication details: 
Hanwell; 6 May 1850.
£200.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded twice. The letter reads: 'My dear Sir, | I am required to give evidence before a Commission de Lunatico Inquirendo on Thursday morning at ten, in London. I trust, therefore, to being permitted to postpone my attendance on the Committee until two on that day.'

[Thomas Sutton, physician who first described delirium tremens.] Autograph Letter in the third person to Peter Mark Roget, regarding Alexander J. G. Marcet and 'a paper deliver'd to the Medical & Chirurgical Society'.

Author: 
Thomas Sutton (c.1767-1835), physician who first described delirium tremens [Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869); Alexander John Gaspard Marcet (1770-1822)]
Publication details: 
No place; 12 September 1812.
£500.00

2pp, 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper adhering to the reverse of the second leaf, which is addressed, with postmarks, 'To | Doctor Roget M.D. | Bernard Street | London -'. See the entries on Sutton, Roget and Marcet in the Oxford DNB. The letter concerns a misunderstanding between Sutton and Marcet. (Two of Sutton's letters to Marcet with a copy of a reply by Marcet are offered together separately elsewhere.) The present letter is 2pp, 4to. Bifolium.

[Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie, distinguished surgeon.] Autograph Letter Signed ('B C Brodie') to Mrs Hewitt of Nantwich, giving advice on what action to take regarding her indisposition.

Author: 
Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie (1783-1862), distinguished surgeon and physiologist, Serjeant Surgeon to William IV and Victoria, first President of the General Medical Council
Publication details: 
Zurich; 8 September 1853.
£75.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to the blank reverse of the second leaf. Tipped-in below the signature is the letter's envelope, addressed, with postmarks, to 'Mrs Hewitt | Wrenbury Hall | Nantwich', amended to 'Chislehurst | Kent'. He begins by explaining that he has 'been for the last few weeks on the continent, & in consequence of the gross neglect of the Geneva post office' her letter has only just reached him. He is sorry that he should have been 'made to appear so negligent'.

[Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie, Serjeant Surgeon to William IV and Victoria.] Autograph Prescription Signed ('B C Brodie') in case of 'Miss Smedley'.

Author: 
Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie (1783-1862), distinguished surgeon and physiologist, Serjeant Surgeon to William IV and Victoria, first President of the General Medical Council
Publication details: 
No place; 1 May 1845.
£50.00

1p, 4to. On grey paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse. Folded three times. A typical prescription, in Latin, beneath the heading 'Miss Smedley. April [last word deleted] May 1 1845'. The prescription begins with the usual 'Rx'; the last of the fourteen lines that follow ending with Brodie's signature ('B C Brodie').

[Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie, Serjeant Surgeon to William IV and Victoria.] Autograph Letter Signed ('B C Brodie')

Author: 
Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie (1783-1862), distinguished surgeon and physiologist, Serjeant Surgeon to William IV and Victoria, first President of the General Medical Council
Publication details: 
14 Savile Row [London]; 5 December 1836.
£90.00

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse. The recipient is not identified. Reads: 'My Dear Sir | I hope that I shall not put you to inconvenience by making my visit to your patient today as late as half past five o clock. A particular circumstance has occurred which will prevent my being in your part of the town at the time originally proposed.'

[Benjamin Harrison, Treasurer of Guy's Hospital.] Autograph Letter Signed ('B Harrison') to Alexander J. G. Marcet, Senior Surgeon at Guy's Hospital, regarding candidates to a post there, including Peter Mark Roget.

Author: 
Benjamin Harrison (1771-1856), Treasurer of Guy's Hospital, London; Alexander John Gaspard Marcet (1770-1822), Genevan-born physician to Guy's Hospital, London, and chemist; Peter Mark Roget]
Publication details: 
Worthing [Sussex]; 5 September 1816.
£500.00

See the entries on Harrison and Marcet in the Oxford DNB. 2pp, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, and folded twice, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to the reverse. Marcet is not identified as the recipient, but the item comes from his papers. It relates to an election to a post at Guy's Hospital, with reference to Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869), author of 'Roget's Thesaurus', whose father came from Geneva. The letter is written in a difficult hand, and the following transcriptions are tentative.

[Middlesex Hospital, London.] Printed Certificate, with engraving of the hospital, signed by Peter Mere Latham and Henry Herbert Southey, recording the attendance of Henry Davey at one of their 'courses of lectures on The Materia Medica'.

Author: 
Peter Mere Latham (1789-1875), physician to the Middlesex Hospital; Henry Herbert Southey (1783-1865), physician, brother of poet laureate Robert Southey [Henry William Robert Davey of Yarmouth]
Publication details: 
Middlesex Hospital [London]; 7 May 1820.
£180.00

The subject of the letter is the surgeon Henry William Robert Davey (1798-1870), son of surgeon Henry Sallows Davey (1781-1855) of Beccles, who also studied under Sir Charles Bell at the Hunterian School of Medicine in Great Windmill Street, London. 1p, 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to edge on blank reverse. An attractive item, with an engraving of the frontage of the hospital at the head, beneath which, in an arrangement of types and point sizes: 'MIDDLESEX HOSPITAL. | THIS IS TO CERTIFY, | THAT | [Mr. Henry W. R.

[Middlesex Hospital, London.] Printed Certificate of attendance for Henry W. R. Davey, signed by Samuel Merriman, Physician Accoucheur, and Hugh Ley, Lecturer on Midwifery, with engraving of the building.

Author: 
Samuel Merriman (1771-1852), Physician Accoucheur; Hugh Ley (1790-1837), physician, Lecturer on Midwifery at Middlesex Hospital, London [Henry William Robert Davey]
Publication details: 
Middlesex Hospital [London]. Undated [circa 1820).
£200.00

The subject of the letter is the surgeon Henry William Robert Davey (1798-1870), son of surgeon Henry Sallows Davey (1781-1855) of Beccles, who also studied under Sir Charles Bell at the Hunterian School of Medicine in Great Windmill Street, London. 1p, 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to edge on blank reverse. An attractive document, with 'MIDDLESEX HOSPITAL.' at the head, above an engraving of the frontage of the hospital.

[Samuel Tuke of the York Retreat, asylum reformer.] Autograph Letter in the third person to the medical publisher John Churchill, instructing him to send a copy of his book to German psychiatrist Maximilian Jacobi.

Author: 
Samuel Tuke (1784-1857), Quaker minister, asylum reformer at the York Retreat [John Churchill (1801-1875), London medical publisher; Carl Wigand Maximilian Jacobi, German psychiatrist]
Publication details: 
York; 14 September 1841.
£400.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to one edge. Begins: 'Samuel Tuke having been disappointed of an opportunity of sending by a private hand a parcel to his friend Dr Max. Jacobi will be much obliged to J. Churchill to send to him four copies of the translation of his work'.

[Guy's Hospital: Benjamin Harrison, Treasurer, and Alexander J. G. Marcet, Senior Surgeon.] Autograph Letter Signed from 'Benj Harrison', replying to Marcet's application on behalf of John Yelloby as his replacement, with Marcet's copy of his letter.

Author: 
Benjamin Harrison (1771-1856), Treasurer of Guy's Hospital, London; Alexander John Gaspard Marcet (1770-1822), Genevan-born physician to Guy's Hospital, London, and chemist [John Yelloby, physician]
Publication details: 
Marcet's draft: 23 March [1804]. Harrison's letter: 'Guys' [Guy's Hospital, London]; 25 March 1804.
£500.00

See the entries on Harrison and Marcet in the Oxford DNB. Both items in good condition, lightly aged and worn, and each folded twice. Harrison's letter with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to the reverse. Marcet is only identified in pencil annotations to the letters, but the details given by the writer of his education accord with Marcet's.

[E.A. Letts, chemist ] Autograph Note Signed "E.A. Letts" to the editor of "Nature", about a minor contribution to "Nature"

Author: 
E.A. Letts [Prof Edmund Albert Letts, British chemist, pioneer of analytical chemistry.
Publication details: 
Queens College, Belfast, 4 Feb [no year]
£75.00

One page, 12mo, left edge sl. ragged, fold marks, text clear and complete. I have been requested to ask you to be kind enough to insert a notice in 'Nature' respecting the 'Andrews Memorial' - for which funds are now being collected. | I have written out the notice in what I think is a suitable form for publication, but you can make any alterations or additions that you think advisable." Presumably to do with a memorial to Thomas Andrews, Irish scientist.

[ Helen O'Hara, Irish artist ] Autograph Letter Signed "Helen O'Hara" to an unnamed gentleman (organiser of an Art Exhibition)

Author: 
Helen O'Hara [ Helen Sophia O'Hara (1846 - 1920), Irish watercolour artist
Publication details: 
Portstewart, Co, Derry, 22 Oct. [no year]
£120.00

Two pages, 12mo, lightish foxing, fold marks, text clear and complete. "Thank you for your note which has been forwarded to me from Lismore- I hope to have the pleasure of seeing your Exhibition when I go to Belfast next month. It is the best watercolour Exhibition I know in Ireland, & I am greatly pleased that you have thought my pictures worthy of a place on the [line?]"

[ John Tyndall ] Autograph Note Signed "John Tyndall" in response to an autograph-hunter.

Author: 
John Tyndall (1820–1893), prominent 19th-century Irish physicist
Publication details: 
No place or date
£65.00

One page, 12mo, bifolium (rest blank). Firstly he writes the following statement: "Though the writing of autographs is Somewhat wearisome, I cannot refuse the request, made in such a gentlemanly style, by my young friend Mr. Wilson". He then signs it below. This note derives from the N. Irish Wilson family, the autograph hunter being [Rev.] W. A. Wilson, father of poet, Robert [Robin] Wilson.

[Sir Henry W. Acland, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry W: Acland'), regarding arrangements made by Benjamin Jowett for recipient and Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie to stay at Balliol while in Oxford for a meeting.

Author: 
Sir Henry W. Acland [Sir Henry Wentworth Dyke Acland] (1815-1900), Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford [Benjamin Jowett, Master of Balliol; Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie, celebrated surgeon]
Publication details: 
Oxford; 17 June [1847].
£120.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. The year has been noted in another hand. The recipient is not identified. The letter begins: 'My dear sir, | I have made arrangements with my excellent friend Mr. Jowett of Baliol Coll. that he should offer to you rooms in Balliol. You will be there with our common friend Brodie, and will I am quite sure find nothing that will not add to your comfort and enjoyment in the Meeting'.

[Sir Jonathan Hutchinson, Professor of Surgery and Pathology at the Royal College of Surgeons.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jonathan Hutchinson') to the physician W. F. Cleveland, regarding the forthcoming British Medical Association general meeting.

Author: 
Sir Jonathan Hutchinson (1828-1913), surgeon and ophthalmologist, Professor of Surgery and Pathology at the Royal College of Surgeons [William Frederick Cleveland, physician]
Publication details: 
Finsbury Circus, E.C. [London]; 26 July 1859.
£120.00

For information on the recipient the physician William Frederick Cleveland (1823-1898), see his obituary, BMJ, 3 December 1898. The letter concerns the twenty-seventh annual meeting of the British Medical. Association, held at Liverpool, 27 to 29 July 1859.. 2pp, 12mo. Lightly aged and worn, with small square of paper cut from head, slightly affecting the address, and thin strip of paper from mount adhering to the reverse. The letter begins: 'Dear Sir, | The balloting list is of no use excepting to those who attend the Genl Meeting at Liverpool'.

[Sir Morell Mackenzie, British physician and pioneer of laryngology.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Morell Mackenzie'), inviting 'Mr Squire' to dinner at the Reform Club.

Author: 
Sir Morell Mackenzie (1837-1892), British physician and pioneer of laryngology
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 19 Harley Street, Cavendish Square, W. [London]; 25 July 1891.
£35.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse. Reads: 'Dear Mr Squire, | Will you give me the pleasure of your company at dinner at the Reform Club Pall Mall next Friday the 31st. instant at 8 o'clock'. From the distinguished autograph collection of the psychiatrist Richard Alfred Hunter (1923-1981), whose collection of 7000 works relating to psychiatry is now in Cambridge University Library.

[William Benjamin Carpenter, biologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Willm B Carpenter'), as Registrar of University College London, to 'S Walker Esq', regarding the epistles of Horace, and 'the Special English subjects for 1862'.

Author: 
William Benjamin Carpenter (1813-1885), biologist, zoologist, physician and administrator at the University of London
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the University of London, Burlington House, W.; 1 December 1860.
£35.00

1p, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. In reply to Walker's enquiries he informs him that 'the “De Arte Poeticâ” ranks as one of the Epistles of Horace; and that the Special English subjects for 1862 will be announced in the forthcoming Calendar for 1861'. From the distinguished autograph collection of the psychiatrist Richard Alfred Hunter (1923-1981), whose collection of 7000 works relating to psychiatry is now in Cambridge University Library.

[William Benjamin Carpenter, biologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Willm. B Carpenter'), inviting the recipient and one of his sons to look over his 'Microscopic preparations'.

Author: 
William Benjamin Carpenter (1813-1885), biologist, zoologist, physician and administrator at the University of London
Publication details: 
61 St Martin's Lane [London]; 28 May [no year].
£40.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight repair to second leaf, which bears a thin strip of paper from mount on its blank reverse. The recipient is not named.

[Robert Willan, pioneering dermatologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('R: Willan') to A. J. G. Marcet, regarding his pupil 'Mr. Knowles' (i.e. James Sheridan Knowles), a specimen for examination, and his own published work.

Author: 
Robert Willan (1757-1812), pioneering dermatologist [Alexander John Gaspard Marcet (1770-1822), Genevan-born physician to Guy's Hospital, London, and chemist; James Sheridan Knowles (1784-1862)]
Publication details: 
'Friday Eveng' [18 April 1806].
£450.00

See the Oxford DNB for information on Willan. Marcet and the subject of the letter, the Irish playwright James Sheridan Knowles. Knowles's entry only states that he studied medicine 'under Dr Willan, taking the degree of MD from the University of Aberdeen, and becoming resident vaccinator to the Jennerian Society'. In fact such was Willan's opinion of Knowles that he offered him a share in his practice. The letter is 2pp, 4to. Bifolium.

[Robert Willan, pioneering dermatologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('R: Willan') to A. J. G. Marcet, on the election of James Sheridan Knowles as resident vaccinator to Royal Jennerian Society, with reference to Jenner, Walker, Ring, Paytherus, Field

Author: 
Robert Willan (1757-1812), pioneering dermatologist [Alexander John Gaspard Marcet (1770-1822), physician and chemist; Royal Jennerian Society; James Sheridan Knowles (1784-1862); vaccination]
Publication details: 
Bloomsbury Square [London]; 30 September.[1806].
£1,800.00

A highly interesting letter, casting light on the tensions between the various factions (including the 'Anti-Jennerian party') surrounding the vaccination movement in early Georgian London. See the Oxford DNB for information on Willan. Marcet and the subject of the letter, the Irish playwright James Sheridan Knowles, and others (Ring, Field, Walker) referred to. Knowles's entry only states that he studied medicine 'under Dr Willan, taking the degree of MD from the University of Aberdeen, and becoming resident vaccinator to the Jennerian Society'.

[Royal College of Surgeons.] Document with ten Signatures: Thomas Keate, Master; Sir Charles Blicke, Sir David Dundas, Governors; Sir William Blizard; Henry Cline; Sir James Earle; Sir Everard Home; George Chandler; Thompson Forster; Charles Hawkins.

Author: 
Royal College of Surgeons: Thomas Keate; Sir Charles Blicke; Sir David Dundas; Sir William Blizard; Henry Cline; Sir James Earle; Sir Everard Home; George Chandler; Thompson Forster; Charles Hawkins
Publication details: 
Royal College of Surgeons [London]; 6 July 1810.
£800.00

The document bearing the ten signatures is 1p, 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse of document. Folded twice. A printed form, completed in manuscript, with the ten signatures of leading figures in the medical world of Georgian London in a column at bottom right, the first two grouped as 'Governors' and the other seven as 'Examiners': 'Charles Blicke | David Dundas | C Hawkins | J Earle | G Chandler | T Forster | Everard Home | William Blizard | Henry Cline'.

[Sir Samuel Wilks, Physician Extraordinary to Queen Victoria and President of the Royal College of Physicians.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Samuel Wilks') to W. F. Cleveland, comparing two cases, and discussing Metcalfe Johnson and 'Dr Silsons case'.

Author: 
Sir Samuel Wilks (1824-1911), Physician Extraordinary to Queen Victoria, President of the Royal College of Physicians, medical author [William Frederick Cleveland (1823-1898), surgeon]
Publication details: 
St Thomas's Hospital, Southwark [London]. 7 March 1854.
£250.00

For information on the recipient William Frederick Cleveland, see his obituary, BMJ, 3 December 1898. 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf. Folded twice. The letter begins: 'My dear Cleveland, | I am much obliged for referring me to the case I speak of. I have had a somewhat similar one myself at the lung dispensary.

[Sir Thomas Spencer Wells, surgeon to Queen Victoria and President of Royal College of Surgeons.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. Spencer Wells') to W. F. Cleveland, arranging a joint consultation, and inviting him to 'see me do ovariotomy'.

Author: 
Sir Thomas Spencer Wells (1818-1897), surgeon to Queen Victoria and President of the Royal College of Surgeons [William Frederick Cleveland (1823-1898), surgeon]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 3 Upper Grosvenor Street, Grosvenor Square, London W.; 13 May [no year].
£220.00

For information on the recipient William Frederick Cleveland, see his obituary, BMJ, 3 December 1898. 2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper adhering to the reverse of the blank second leaf. Folded twice. He begins by explaining that he has been that day asked 'to see a patient of your with a large abdominal tumour – (named Conlon, I think) living somewhere near you – I said I had better see her with you & she asked me to arrange with you to see her on Thursday afternoon'.

[Malcolm Flemyng, Scottish physiologist and medical author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Malcolm Flemyng') [to his London publisher John Nourse], ordering books, discussing his 'Lectures', and requesting news of a 'Discovery' by William Hunter.

Author: 
Malcolm Flemyng (c.1700-1764), Scottish physiologist and medical author [John Nourse (1705-1780), London scientific bookseller and publisher; William Hunter (1718-1783), anatomist]
Publication details: 
Caistor [Lincolnshire]; 23 April 1758.
£500.00

The recipient of the present letter is not named, but it is the scientific bookseller and publisher John Nourse (1705-1780), who the following year would published the 'Lectures' referred to in the letter: 'An Introduction to Physiology, being A Course of Lectures upon The most important Parts of the Animal Oeconomy', 'Printed for J. Nourse at the Lamb opposite Katherine-Street in the Strand.

[Robert Gooch, physician, obstetrician and Librarian to George IV.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robt Gooch'), inviting the recipient to his house to talk 'for an hour or two about Yarmouth news'.

Author: 
Robert Gooch (1784-1830), physician, obstetrician, Librarian to George IV, friend of poet laureate Robert Southey
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£100.00

1p, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to the second leaf, which has been cut down the middle vertically, resulting in loss to one of the two postmarks, as well as to Gooch's addressing of the letter: '[...]ent Esqre | […] Webb Street | […] Borough –'.

[Samuel Jones Gee, physician and paediatrician who first described coeliac disease.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Samuel Gee') to 'Auden' [the physician George Augustus Auden, father of W. H. Auden], regarding literary references in his writings.

Author: 
Samuel Gee [Samuel Jones Gee] (1839-1911), physician, paediatrician, first describer of coeliac disease [George Augustus Auden (1872-1957), physician, professor of public health, father of W. H. Auden
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 9 Stanhope Place, Marble Arch, Hyde Park, W. [London]; 30 March 1909.
£180.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Folded once. He begins by stating that he found 'the saying about Crete in Phineas Fletcher's Purple Island'.

[David Daniel Davis, Professor in Midwifery at the University of London, who attended at the birth of Queen Victoria.] Autograph Letter Signed ('D D Davis') to his publishers Cadell & Davies, about his translation of Pibel's 'Treatise on Insanity'.

Author: 
David Daniel Davis (1777-1841), Physician Accoucher at the Queen Charlotte Lying-in Hospital; attended at birth of Queen Victoria; Professor in Midwifery, University of London [Cadell & Davies]
Publication details: 
Sheffield; 6 April 1807.
£320.00

2pp, 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf, which is addressed, with Sheffield postmark, to 'Messrs Cadell & Davies | Booksellers | Strand | London'. Folded several times. He begins by reporting the safe arrival of 'The parcel', with thanks for 'attending to my request in point of time'. The letter continues, with reference to his 1806 translation of Phillipe Pinel's 'Treatise on Insanity'.

[James Currie, Scottish physician in Liverpool, abolitionist and editor of Robert Burns.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ja Currie') [to Mrs Riddell?], playfully critiquing a poem and 'Riddle', with reference to 'Mr & Mrs Ogle' and 'Miss Moore'.

Author: 
James Currie (1756-1805), Scottish physician in Liverpool, abolitionist and editor of Robert Burns [George Ogle, Irish politician; Bath; Mrs Riddell]
Publication details: 
Annotated in pencil: 'Bath - in the Spring of 1805'.
£180.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of leaf. Folded three times. The recipient is not named, but the letter is annotated in pencil with the words 'From Bath – in the Spring of 1805 | To a lady of the name of Riddell' (explaining a pun on the word 'Riddle' in the letter). (Another candidate for recipient is the 'Miss Moore' referred to in the letter, although this does not accord with the salutation.) Apparently written in the final months of Currie's life.

[John Bunnell Davis, physician, founder of the Universal Dispensary for Children [now Royal Waterloo Hospital.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jno B Davis M D') [to the trustees], tendering in odd terms his resignation from the 'valuable Institution'.

Author: 
John Bunnell Davis (1777-1824), physician, founder in 1816 of the Universal Dispensary for Children [now Royal Waterloo Hospital for Children and Women], London
Publication details: 
'103 Great Surry [sic] Street | Blackf[riar]s [London]. | July 1 1824'.
£250.00

For Davis see Munk's Roll, the Gentleman's Magazine for January 1825, and I. S. L. Loudon's paper 'John Bunnell Davis and the Universal Dispensary for Children' (BMJ, 5 May 1979). The Universal Dispensary for Children, founded by Davis in 1816 and open to the under-twelves, was as Loudon points out 'the first major institution in England devoted solely to the care of sick children, 35 years before the first children's hospital in Liverpool, and 36 before Great Ormond Street'.

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