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Scarce ALS: "Lister", 2p, 4½x7, front and verso. 32 Brook Street, Bath, 1903 June 3. On black-bordered imprinted stationery to Mr. Fry.

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JOSEPH LISTER. Scarce ALS: "Lister", 2p, 4½x7, front and verso. 32 Brook Street, Bath, 1903 June 3. On black-bordered imprinted stationery to Mr. Fry. In full: "I have received your most kind letter at this place where I am at present staying: and also the official intimation of the honour which the Merchant Taylors' Company have offered me. I have written to the Clerk begging him to express to the Master and Wardens my deep sense of that honour and also informing him that I look to returning to London in a fortnight, when I shall be prepared to confer, as proposed, with the Master and Wardens as to the most suitable time for the ceremony. I am sorry you had the trouble of calling during my absence." The Merchant Taylors' Company is one of "Twelve Great Livery Companies" (Guilds) located in the city of London. Founded in the 13th century as a religious and social fraternity, the Guild today is a philanthropic and social organization. British surgeon and medical researcher Joseph Lister (1827-1912), is considered to be the father of antiseptics and modern surgery. In 1865, Lister, who had made a study of inflammation and suppuration following injuries and wounds, began using carbolic acid sprays to kill airborne germs. He realized that germs were present everywhere, making it necessary for doctors and nurses to wash their hands and to disinfect instruments and dressings used in the operating room. This procedure saved nearly 50% of his patients who would have died from infection without the antiseptic conditions. In 1877, Lister demonstrated conclusively that his method of antisepsis reduced danger to life from surgery. That year, he began serving as the Chair of Clinical Surgery at Kings College, a post that he held until his retirement from surgical practice in 1893, ten years before this letter was written. The honor mentioned in this letter was not the first awarded to Lister in recognition of his work: he had been created a Baronet in 1883 and Queen Victoria named him Baron Lister of Lyme Regis in 1897 as a result of his contributions to the medical profession. Slightly soiled. Irregular left edge. Mounting remnants at upper blank margin of verso (no show through). Fine condition.

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