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'
['By Command of the Army Council'] [The War Office, Whitehall; Second World War; British government publications; reconstructive surgery; maxillo-facial injury]
'The War Office [Whitehall], 30th July, 1941.' ['Notified in A.C.Is.']
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. Headings: Respiratory Obstruction; Haemorrhage; Bandaging; Preliminary Operative Treatment; Injuries to Hard Tissues [Without loss of tissue; With loss of tissue]; Injuries to Soft Tissues (Skin, Muscle, Mucous Membrane) [Without loss of tissue; With loss of tissue; Drainage; Feeding; Mouth washing; Dressings; Disposal of cases]. Scarce: no copy in the Wellcome Library or on COPAC, and only one copy on OCLC WorldCat. From a small archive of material belonging to Daphne Kayton of the Royal Army Medical Corps.
[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'.
Christopher Heath (1835-1905), FRCS, English surgeon, Holme Professor of Clinical Surgery, University College Hospital [Sir William Henry Flower]
On letterhead of 36 Cavendish Square, W. [London]. 6 July 1895.
1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with part of stub from mounting adhering to the reverse. The letter reads: 'Dear Flower, | Can you direct one of your subordinates to send me the documents relating to a young man entering your department? I have been asked to find out all about it & so venture to trouble you. Yours truly | Chrisr. Heath'. Docketted by Flower in the top left-hand corner: 'Schedules relating to Assistants - Attendants & Boy-Attendants sent | 8/vii/95.'
Sir Heneage Ogilvie (1887-1971), British surgeon [Sir Hedley Atkins (1905-1983), Professor of Surgery at Guy's Hospital; Charles Noon (d.1957), senior surgeon to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital]
5 February 1952; on letterhead with the addresses of his London residence and consulting room.
4to, 1 p. Seventeen lines of text, clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with small area lacking in top left-hand corner. Concerning Hedley Atkins, who, '[a]s a Guy's man', Ogilvie is keen to have replace him on the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons, from which he is retiring after sixteen years. The condition with which Ogilvie is related, Ogilvie's Syndrome, was first reported by him in 1948.
Sir James Paterson Ross (1895-1980), Professor of Surgery at St Bartholomew's Hospital London, and Surgeon to the Royal Household [Charles Noon (d.1957), senior surgeon, Norfolk and Norwich Hospital]
Between 1951 and 1955; six on St Bartholomew's Hospital letterhead and three on that of Ross's Oakleigh Park address.
Five of the nine items in 4to, and the rest 12mo. All texts clear and complete. Collection in good condition on lightly-aged paper. Occasional minor traces of brown-paper mounts, and most items with punch-holes to top left-hand corners. A cordial correspondence between two colleagues. Several letters relate to Noon's soon Charles, training under Ross to be a surgeon. On 26 June 1952 (12mo, 3 pp) Ross writes discussing the son's failure in an examination..
May 4 [no year], with the letterhead 13 Harley Street.
Surgeon (1836-1901). "My dear Lanyon, / The young woman who has been working for me for some time past comes here when I want her to work, very well knowing my writing &c. I should not like to change without Cause but if an opportunity occur would be glad to assist your friend. I am sorry I missed seeing you, but I hope I shall be fortunate when you call again." Signed "W. MacCormac". With four pieces of gummed paper from mounting still adhering.