[William Wilberforce, celebrated abolitionist, on Roman Catholicism ('better than no Religion at all') and vaccination.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Wilberforce') to the Bristol MP Richard Hart Davis, discussing his daughter's inoculation by Jenner.

William Wilberforce (1759-1833), celebrated abolitionist and Tory politician [Richard Hart Davis (1766-1842), Member of Parliament and West Indies merchant; Edward Jenner (1749-1823); vaccination]
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Bath. 16 December 1820.

2pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged. Folded into a packet in the customary fashion, with slight loss to paper (and text) as a result of the breaking of the red wax seal, minor traces of which still adhere. Addressed on reverse, with postmark: 'Bath Decr Sixteen 1820 [to free?] Wilberforce | Rd Hart Davis Esq | MP | Conduit Street | London'. For information on Davis, see his entry in the History of Parliament, which states that he 'presented a planters' petition against the slave registry bill, 22 May 1816'.

[ William Perfect, physician ] Promissory Note [probably autograph] Signed "Wm Perfect" (an ornate signature)

William Perfect (1731-1809), physician, pioneer of inoculation and mental health treatment
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[Head] Malling, 12 Feb. 1781; [Tail] Town Malling 11 Feb.1781.

Piece of paper, 18 x 10 cm, bottom edge irregularly cut, good condition. Text: Sir | Three days after Sight be pleased to pay Mr Richard Grover or Order this Sum of Eleven Pounds four Shillings for Value received by Bill for Mr Archd Duff from Sr | Yr humble servant | Wm Perfect." Followed by (possibly in different hand) "James Gordon Esq: Bury Couret | St Mary Axe London. | No. 14. On verso, signature of Richard Grover and "witness for Mr Leach | J Williams." Pencil note aded "Wine Merchant", but "The Tradesman" of 1808 records a Richard Grover, Grocer, in Town Malling.

[Smallpox vaccination.] Autograph Letter Signed from the Sub-Prefect of the District of Nyons to the Mayor of Propiac ('Le Sous-Préfet de l'arrondt. de Nyons, A Monsieur le Maire de Propiac'), regarding a visit by 'l'officier de Santé Vaccinateur'.

The Sub-Prefect of the District of Nyons, Drôme, France, 1813 [the Mayor of Propiac; smallpox vaccination; Le Sous-Préfet de l'arrondissement de Nyons; le Maire de Propiac]
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Nyons [Drôme, France]. 8 June 1813.

The author's signature is clear, but not entirely legible (it may read 'C Bourg'). 1p., 8vo. Sixteen lines of text. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. The letter concerns 'la seconde tournée de l'officier de Santé Vaccinateur', which will occur in the district on 28 June, with the following purpose: 'rectifier les vaccinations qui auraient mal pratiquées et vacciner tous les individus qui lui seront présentés.' He invites the mayor to supply 'Mr.

[George Rimington of Tyne Field House, near Penrith, Cumberland.] Autograph 'Day Book 1840 to 1841', comprising a diary, detailed accounts (taxes, 'Liverpool Rents', 'Loss on Mines', wine merchant, chimney sweeping), meteorological entries.

George Rimington (1783-1853) of Tyne Field House, near Penrith, Cumberland [Greenside Lead Mine]
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Cumberland. 1 January 1840 to 27 November 1841.

348pp., 4to, with openings numbered 1-174. In original vellum binding, marbled endpapers. 'Day Book 1840 & 1841' on spine, and the following in faded letters upside-down on back board: 'Geo: Rimingtons Day Book, <...> Weather Letters <...> | Jany. 1st. 1840 Sepr 14 1841'. Internally in very good condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and grubby binding. An extraordinarily detailed volume, filled with disparate information, written out in a neat close hand, with twenty-one lines to a page.

Anno Terito & Quarto Victoriae Reginae. Cap. XXIX. An Act to extend the Practice of Vaccination. [23d July 1840.]

[smallpox vaccination; medical history; Victorian medicine; Act of Parliament, 1840]
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London: Printed by George E. Eyre and Andrew Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's most Excellent Majesty. 1840.

8vo, 3 pp, paginated [225] to 227. Disbound bifolium. Two stab holes. Good, on lightly aged paper, with closed tear at head of crease line and slight loss along it. A piece of landmark legislation in the field of medical provision.

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