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  • Title
    Hunterian Letters: Grey-Turner Bequest
  • Reference
    MS0191
  • Level of description
    fonds
  • Date
    1775-1793
  • Creator
  • Scope and Content
    The volume contains a photograph of Professor George Grey Turner (1877-1951) followed by his collection of 5 Hunterian letters: 1) Letter from John Hunter to Edward Jenner, dated London, 24 May [1775], regarding a scheme to teach Natural History including both Human and Comparative anatomy, and requesting Jenner to assist him by coming to London. 2) Letter from John Hunter to Robert Adam, dated Leicester Square, 31 May 1789, concerning a testimonial for his nephew, Dr Baillie, for the position of Physician at St George's Hospital. 3) Letter from John Hunter to an unidentified correspondent, dated 15 January 1793, concerning natural history specimens. 4) Letter from William Hunter to an unidentified correspondent, dated Windmill Street, 6 November 1779, concerning some coins, and the dissection of a body where death was caused by sudden contraction of the heart. A hole is burnt in the page, which is described by William Hunter in a postscript, explaining the page was accidently set alight. 5) Letter from Anne Hunter to an unidentified correspondent, dated Lower Grosvenor Street, Monday, regarding collection of a manuscript.
  • Extent
    1 Volume
  • Language
    English
  • System of arrangement
    The letters are ordered as they appear in the volume.
  • Conditions governing access
    By appointment only. See College website for contact details of the Archives.
  • Conditions governing reproduction
    No photocopying permitted
  • Admin./ biographical history
    John Hunter (1728-1793) was born in East Kilbride. In September 1748 he travelled to London to join his elder brother William Hunter (1718-1783). John assisted William by carrying out dissections and preparing specimens. In 1749 John began attending lectures by leading surgeons, and by 1754 John was a surgeon-pupil at St George’s Hospital, London. Soon after he began to take some of William Hunter’s lectures. John Hunter carried out research into a variety of areas, many of which were published later in his life. In 1761 John Hunter was commission as army surgeon to the British Army, and in 1767 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He became a member of the Company of Surgeons in 1768. In 1771 John Hunter married Anne Home, with whom he had two children, John Banks Hunter and Agnes Hunter. (Two further children died in infancy). John Hunter built up his private practice and continued to give lectures in surgery. He remained an active teacher and researcher until his death in 1793. For a full biography of John Hunter see MS0189 in this catalogue. William Hunter (1718-1783) was also born in East Kilbride, and studied medicine at Edinburgh. By 1746 had embarked on a successful private career in London as a midwife and physician and a private lecturer in surgery and anatomy.
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