Ambrose Dickins (d.1747), Sergeant Surgeon to King George II
[ London. ] 2 October 1745.
The debenture is on a 12 x 18.5 cm. piece of paper. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, but with slight loss to one edge causing loss of a few words of text. On the recto are the details in Latin of the debenture, which is paid 'Out of Seizures', beginning: 'Franco Dickins Juris Civilis Doctor et Lector ejusdem in Academ Cantabrig [...]'. On the reverse: 'Amrbose Dickins Atto. J Dawson | Recd the contents of this Debentur | p Ambr. Dickins | Record 2 Octobr 1745'.
H. Crofts of Offa Street, Bedford, Victorian veterinary practitioner
Bedford, England. 1869 to 1879 (with two items from 1888).
105 pp, in contemporary 4to notebook; started at both ends, with 53 pp at one, and 52 pp at the other. Quarter-bound in brown calf, marbled boards. Aged, in worn binding with a few loose leaves, but fair, and with text clear and complete. Ticket of 'Gotelee, Bookseller Printer and Stationer, Oakingham' on front pastedown. In two hands, the first considerably neater than the other, writing 18 pp of patrons (23 to a page), beginning with 'His Grace the Duke of Manchester Kimbolton Castle Hants', and featuring Sir E. Page Turner Bart Battleden House Woburn'.
William A. Hammond, Author of "Lal." [ William Alexander Hammond (1828-1900), Surgeon General of the United States Army during the American Civil War ]
London: Richard Bentley & Son, New Burlington Street. 1885.
417pp., 8vo. A fair copy, on lightly aged paper, a little loose in worn publisher's brown cloth binding, with gilt title on spine and decorative cross on front board, and green patterned endpapers. Blind stamp of the W. H. Smith Library, Strand, to front free endpaper. According to Hammond's biographer Bonnie Ellen Blustein, 'The complex plot of Doctor Grattan revolved around the relation of insanity to neurological impairment, and touched on the subjects of neuralgia, headache, kleptomania, and delusions.' This English edition of Hammond's book is now uncommon.
Sir Geoffrey Keynes [ Geoffrey Langdon Keynes ] (1887-1982), author and surgeon, younger brother of John Maynard Keynes [ J. H. Dingwall [ John Hubert Dingwall ] (c.1913-2001), Wimbledon bookseller ]
Card with his letterhead, Lammas House, Brinkley, Newmarket, Suffolk. With postmark of 17 November 1953.
Cream postcard with letterhead printed in brown. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, dinked at head and with two punch holes for placement in album. Addressed to 'Mr. J. H. Dingwall | 26 Woodhayes Rd | Wimbledon | London SW19'. Reads: 'Please send | 58 Underhill | I should be obliged if you would send future catalogues | G L Keynes'. Ink note by recipient above message at top right.
Sir William Henry Flower (1831-1899), anatomist and surgeon, Director of the Natural History Museum, London
On letterhead of the British Museum (Natural History), Cromwell Road, London. 13 April 1896.
2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-creased paper, with traces of glue from mount at head of second page. Annotated at head in a contemporary hand. If mention of his name 'can in any way help you for the Welsh University or for any other post, by all means use it'. Regarding the 'next years cataloguing', plans are only in consideration, 'with the preparation of the estimates at end of the summer'. He explains that in the previous year these were 'framed by Dr. Smith', and that her application 'came just too late'.
Sir John Russell Reynolds [ J. Russell Reynolds ] (1828-1896), English neurologist [ Sir William Henry Flower (1831-1899), zoologist, director of the Natural HIstory Museum, London
On letterhead of 38 Grosvenor Street, W. [ London ] 21 November 1894.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Written in purple ink. He will not be in town the following Saturday morning, 'at the time of the meeting at the South Kensington Museum, so that if there is any doubt as to securing a "Quorum" you may know, as early as I can tell you, of my necessary absence'.
Sir William Fergusson (1808-1877), Scottish surgeon
On his letterhead, 16 George Street, Hanover Square, W. [ London ]. 11 November 1874.
3pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition. He begins by thanking her for her 'pretty and considerate gift' which, as winter approaches, will see her 'more frequently kept in memory'. He regrets her recent indisposition, her absence from Spittlehaugh (the Peeblesshire estate of his wife's family) having been 'often felt'. He gives news of 'the Colonel & Mrs. Thompson' and 'Fordyce'
Sir Geoffrey Keynes [ Sir Geoffrey Langdon Keynes ] (1887-1982), author, surgeon and bibliophile, brother of the economist John Maynard Keynes
On letterhead of Lammas House, Brinkley, Newmarket, Suffolk. 28 October 1966.
1p., 8vo. In good condition. The letter presumably refers to the portrait of Keynes which was used as a frontispiece to the OUP festschrift to him published in 1973. Not having heard from him, Keynes is sending a cheque for £35 10s 0d. 'This is reckoning the frame at £4. I hope this is correct. | The picture is much appreciated, and I am very grateful to you'.
Sir Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910), etcher and surgeon
Place not stated. Dated '9th.', with 'January 1906' added in another hand.
1p., landscape 12mo. On aged, worn and creased paper. Written in a shaky hand. Reads: '9th. | This was just going out as your Letter came in yesterday. So thought it better too keep back till I had mastered the contents of yours which was most satisfactory and told me all I wanted to know - | A thousand thanks for all you have done | F. S. H.'
Edward Mason Wrench (1833-1912), of Baslow, Derbyshire, Assistant Surgeon, 34th Regiment of Foot [ New York City in 1881 ]
New York. 22 October 1881.
6pp., 12mo. Cyclostyled in purple ink on two loose leaves of 8vo paper (one printed on one side only, and the other on both sides). A facsimile of small handwriting, with five illustrations, including one captioned 'Steamer on the Hudson River' (the others a view of the Brooklyn Bridge from the river, a silhouette of a racing 'sulky' carriage, a steamer, and an ancient statue 'From Cyprus'). In fair condition, lightly-aged, with light rust marks from a paperclip. The second sheet, of four pages, ends abruptly, with a pencil note: 'concluding pages wanted'. The text begins: 'New York.
Edward Mason Wrench (1833-1912), MVO, FRCS, of Baslow, Derbyshire, Assistant Surgeon 4th Lancers [ The Indian Mutiny, 1857 ]
Two from Park Lodge, Baslow [ Derbyshire ], one of them dated both August 1909 and 13 September 1909, and the other 4 October 1911. The third without place or date.
Part of a series of cyclostyled documents, in facsimile of Wrench's autograph, for distribution amongst his family. The three items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: Facsimile letter with facsimile signature 'Ed M Wrench'. Headed 'Aug 1909' and with 'Sep 13 1909' at foot. 3pp., 4to.
Edward Mason Wrench (1833-1912), Assistant Surgeon 34th Regiment of Foot; The British Army in the Crimean War; Siege of Sebastopol; Crimea; trench warfare ]
Handbill without place or date [ late nineteenth century ]. Cyclostyled letter from Park Lodge, Baslow, Derbyshire. 13 June 1905.
ONE: 'The Trenches'. Handbill printed in two columns of small print on one side of a piece of 4to paper. Drophead title to first column. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with closed tear along central vertical fold line unobtrusively repaired with archival tape. The article begins: 'WHAT was service in the trenches before Sebastopol like?
[Thomas Young (1773-1829), Physician at St George's Hospital, London, and groundbreaking natural scientist in the field of optics] [Albrecht von Haller; William Porterfield; William Cheselden]
Without place or date. [London, 1800s?]
A whole section of Young's entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is devoted to Young's activities in the field of optics, a topic concerning which he gave the Royal Society Bakerian lecture for 1800, entitled ‘The mechanism of the eye’. This MS. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with slight damp staining at foot. The first page is headed '(3)', and amended to '(2)'.
1p., 12mo. Bifolium. Addressed on the reverse of the second leaf, with red wax seal and postmark, to '- Stevens Esqr | Surgeon | Redborn'. The letter reads: 'Sir Astley Cooper presents his compliments to Mr Stevens and would feel obliged, if he could bring him the Pheasants on Sunday next, as the place he intends keeping them in will not be ready till then -'.
Sir William Fergusson (1808-1877), 1st Baronet FRCS FRS, Scottish surgeon, Sergeant-Surgeon to Queen Victoria [King's College Hospital; F. A. Bulley of Reading]
16 George Street, Hanover Square [London]. 27 December 1849.
4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper, with small spike-hole on one leaf. The letter begins: 'I am sorry to say that the poor man from whom I removed the large tumour has died of Erysipilas - It is a great pity - but one of those results over which we have little or no control - Perhaps the inflammation was a kind of continuance of that which he had on him when the operation was done'. He points out that 'at the present time the Hospital [i.e. King's College Hospital] is remarkably free from Erysipilas - a thing which few of us in London can boast much about in general'.
Sir William Fergusson (1808-1877), 1st Baronet FRCS FRS, Scottish surgeon, Sergeant-Surgeon to Queen Victoria
Dover Street [Piccadilly, London]. 24 November 1844.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper with small spike-hole to one leaf. The letter begins: 'A hare and a pheasant delivered here the other day with F.A.B. Reading upon the parchment card - the initials, I immediately concluded of my old friend Mr. Bulley and the first information that he still lives after a certain bloody deed performed upon him many months ago.
Sir Francis Seymour Haden [pseud. H. Dean] (1818-1910), etcher and surgeon
On letterhead of Woodcote Manor, Alresford, Hampshire.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. On aged paper, with a patch of damp staining across both leaves. He should be happy to accept the 'kind invitation', 'if it were not that I believe I am to be the Guest of your Honorary Secretary Dr. Rice Oxley on this occasion'. He hopes that 'Gipsy Hall will be the proper to come to in either case'. He requires 'certain particulars', and will be writing to Oxley regarding 'the ability of the lantern man to obtain fine definition - linear definition I mean'.
R. Clement Lucas [Richard Clement Lucas] (d.1915), Senior Surgeon at Guy’s Hospital; Vice-President of the Royal College of Surgeons [Surgeon-Major Henry Ogilvy Stuart (d.1896)]
4 St Thomas's Street, London Bridge, SE. 22 June 1876/
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on aged paper, with original worn and torn envelope, with stamp and postmarks, addressed by Lucas to 'H. W. Stuart Esq. | Mulgrave House | Rectory Place | Woolwich'. Stuart's son has 'shown himself so good a worker' at Guy's that Lucas is 'anxious that he should have an opportunity of taking a good position in the profession'. Lucas has 'persuaded him to try for the fellowship & if possible, to pass the preliminary next September'. Lucas hopes Stuart will encourage his son, as he is 'convinced that he has the power, if you give him the opportunity'.
Henry R. Thompson, F.R.C.S., Surgeon, St. Mark's Hospital; Master of the Worshipful Company of Barbers [Royal College of Surgeons of England]
Printed by Jackson, Ruston and Keeson Limited, Pear Tree Court, London, E.C.1. 'Reprinted from Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Volume 26 - January, 1960. Pages 1-23.'
25pp., 8vo. Eleven photographic figures in text. Stapled and unbound. Printed on art paper. Creasing and wear to title-leaf, otherwise in fair condition, with corners slightly dog-eared. Signature 'Henry' at head of title, with purple stamp: 'With the author's compliments.'' This offprint is scarce: no copy in the British Library, and the only copy on COPAC in the Guildhall.
William M. Eldridge of Philadelphia, inventor [Valentine Mott (1785-1865), American surgeon]
Paris. 23 May 1836.
3pp., 4to. 60 lines of text. Bifolium. Good, on aged paper. Addressed, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Valentine Mott M.D. | 25 Park Place | New-York'; with three postmarks, one from Havre and another 'Forwarded by Lewis Rogers & Co.' (Mott was in Europe at the time of writing.) An tantalising letter, regarding an intriguing affair about which nothing else appears discoverable. Eldridge is sending 'a hand bill, 5000 of which have been circulated thro Paris and the towns in its vicinity'.
William Gordon Stables (1840-1910), Scottish Royal Navy surgeon and writer of boys' adventure books
On letterhead of The Jungle, Twyford, Berkshire. 10 December 1894.
4pp., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with the second leaf neatly placed in a paper windowpane mount. He writes that he has been 'excessively busy', and this has delayed his 'coming to a decision re the lecture'. 'Since the 4th Oct. I have written two large books, besides any amount of magazine work &c.' As he has '4 books to write before May', he is afraid his 'lecture on Caravan Life will have to be deferred till another season'. He has been asked to 'lecture on Kindness to Dogs, &c with living specimens on the stage at Birmingham', and fears that 'even this will have to be put off'.
Lieut-Col Sir David William Keith Barr (1846-1916), Indian Army [Surgeon Charles Lowdell; Bagelkhand; Baghelkhand]
Letter, on Government of India letterhead, dated from the 'Baghelkhund [Bagelkhand; Baghelkhand] Agency, Sutua; 31 July 1883.
3 pp, folio. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Supporting the application of 'Surgeon [Charles] Lowdell, Officiating Agency Surgeon Baghelkhund, [sic] applying for the Acting Appointment of Medical Officer in Charge Bhopal Battalion in the event of a vacancy occurring in October next'. Lowdell is holding his current post while Surgeon Goldsmith is on furlough, and on his return will be without an appointment. 'His duties in connection with the special charge of the young Maharaja have been difficult and have required the exercise of tact and patience.
Richard King, surgeon, Arctic traveller, later of the Ethnological Society
[Embossed stamp of the Ethnological Society] 4 Piccadilly, [London], 28 Feb. [no year].
One page, 12mo, embossed stamp slightly damaged, some staining but text clear and complete. "I perceive by your card that you were present & I much regret I did not know you. However I find you had some communication with Dr. Hodgkin & I am delighted to hear that we shall have you as a Member. I now return the charts & beg to return my sincere thanks for their use." This letter is from a colelction of letters addressed to James Wyld, cartographer. The Ethnological Society evolved from the Aborigines Protection Society and later evolved into the Royal Antropological Insitute.
Dr Henry Macnaughton Jones (d.1918), Irish consulting surgeon and writer; Professor of Midwifery, Queen's College, Cork; President of the British Gynaecological Society
Undated; on letterhead of 141 Harley Street, Cavendish Square, London.
12mo, 2 pp. Twenty-six lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. Having examined Mrs Damon in her bed, he now finds her 'up & down stairs', and requests Coffin to 'kindly give her a look up & control her & force her to be an invalid for a few days'. Ends with the news that his wife is 'still most seriously & dangerously ill'. For some of Jones's many achievements see his entry in Who Was Who, and also his obituary, British Medical Journal, 4 May 1918, pp.521–522
Dr Robert Milne (1881-1949), consulting surgeon to the London Hospital [Frederic Eve, T. H. Openshaw, Percy Furnivall, A. B. Roxburgh, Francis Warner, Arthur H. N. Lewers, Bertrand Dawson]
8 July 1910; 31 Finsbury Square, E.C.
4to, 10 pp. On one side each of ten leaves, attached to one another with a pin. Texts clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with light rust staining to the first leaf, which carries Milne's printed covering letter. The other nine leaves carry a testimonial letter each (the last two being by Henry Russell Andrews and Hubert M. Turnbull), all couched in glowing terms. Eve describes Milne as 'one of the best House-Surgeons I have ever had', and Bertrand Dawson states that his 'record is one of brilliant success'.
[Lionel Norbury (1882-1967), OBE, FRCS, consulting surgeon, holder of the Hunterian Professorship in 1941, and Vice-President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England]
A large quantity of material, mainly letters, from the personal papers of Lionel Norbury and Family, including a substantial correspondence between Norbury and his wife, Grace (nee Rogerson), who worked as a Nurse, their correspondence throwing light on medical activity during the First World War and later.