BEDLAM

[John Haslam, apothecary of Bethlem Hospital.] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Haslam.') to physician and Egyptologist T. J. Pettigrew, regarding his liking for 'Conversazione' and his recent hoarseness and deafness.

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John Haslam (1764-1844), apothecary to Bethlem Hospital, physician and medical writer, who first described paranoid schizophrenia [Thomas Joseph Pettigrew (1791-1865), physician and Egyptologist]
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2 Hart Street, Bloomsbury [London]. 26 May 1825.
£600.00

1p, 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with the reverse of the second leaf bearing a thin strip of paper from mount, and addressed, with postmark, to 'T. J. Pettigrew Esqr | 8 Saville Street | Burlington Gardens.' Folded five times. The letter begins: 'My dear Pettigrew. | I shall with much pleasure attend your Conversazione, indeed I am partial to that mode of passing an evening. I like the sparks that are struck from different minds.

[Anthony McKenrot [Mackenroth; MacKenrot], lunatic who tried to serve subpoena on Napoleon Bonaparte.] Two Autograph Petitions Signed (both 'Anthony Mc:Kenrot') from Newgate to the Prince Regent and home secretary Lord Sidmouth, with covering letter.

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[Anthony McKenrot [Mackenroth; MacKenrot], lunatic; Prince Regent [George IV]; Lord Sidmouth [Henry Addington, Viscount Sidmouth]; John Beckett [Newgate Prison; Bethlem Hospital; Napoleon Bonaparte]
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The two petitions and the covering letter to John Beckett of the Home Office, Whitehall, all three dated from State Side Newgate [Prison], 24 May 1816.
£1,750.00

Anthony Mckenrot's attempt to serve a writ on the captive Napoleon Bonaparte is well-described by Colin Fox ('Napoleon Bonaparte: POW'), in The Journal of the Friends of St Helena, 2016. Mckenrot (also MacKenrot or Mackenroth) who was of German extraction, was a lawyer, merchant and prize agent on the Caribbean island of Tortola, who criticised Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane (1758-1832) for failing to act against a French squadron off the island in 1806. His obsession grew with the years, and his claims of Cochrane's cowardice and financial impropriety became increasingly extravagant.

[Bethlem Royal Hospital (Bedlam): printed pamphlet for the 700th Anniversary Celebrations, titled 'Bethlem Royal Hospital 1247-1947'. With printed programme of the 'Bethlem Royal Hospital 700th Anniversary Celebrations.'

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[Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard, Beckenham, Kent; Bedlam]
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Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard, Beckenham, Kent. 1947. [Printed by the Baynard Press.]
£30.00

Pamphlet: 19pp., small 4to. Stapled pamphlet in cream wraps, with the Hospital's arms printed in gold on front cover. On shiny art paper, with full-page frontispiece, seven illustrations in text, and two maps at rear. Internally in fair condition, lighty-aged; in worn wraps with slight discolouration to the back. Uncommon. No copy at the British Library; four copies on COPAC, all at London libraries (Guildhall; King's College; Bishopsgate; Wellcome); and only one more copy (Yale) on OCLC WorldCat. Programme: 2pp., 4to, on a single leaf. In fair condition, aged and worn, neatly folded.

[Printed act.] Anno Regni Georgii III. Regis. Cap. LXXVII. An Act [concerning the hospitals of 'Christ, Bridewell, and Saint Thomas the Apostle [...] "The House of the Poor," in West Smithfield, [...] and of the House and Hospital called Bethlehem'].

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[Act of Parliament, 1781, relating to the Corporation of the City of London and hospitals St Thomas's, Southwark; St Bartholomew's, Smithfield; Bedlam; Clayton, Cookson & Wainewright, solicitors]
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London: Printed by George Eyre and Andrew Spottiswoode, Printers to the King's most Excellent Majesty. 1834.
£120.00

11pp., foolscap 8vo. Stitched and unbound. Aged and worn, with closted vertical 5cm cut from bottom through all six leaves. The full drophead title reads: 'CAP. LXXVII.

Autograph Letter Signed to [K. W. Luckhurst], Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, together with unsigned carbon of reply.

Author: 
Thomas Girtin
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The letter, 17 July 1951, on letterhead 'PELHAM MOUNT | PELHAMS WALK | ESHER'; the carbon, 13 July 1951.
£45.00

British metallurgist (1874-1960) and Master of the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers. Apologises for assuming that Dr Thomas Monro was a member of the Society. 'I never doubted it because not only did he live in Adelphi Terrace, next door to his friend David Garrick, but he was friendly with so many of the Members of that day, and a great patron of the Arts. For the rest he was a medical man - chief physician to 'Bedlam' and one of poor old George III's mental doctors -'.

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