WILLIAM "1ST BARONET" JENNER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/01/1875 CO-SIGNED BY: THOMAS SPENCER WELLS - HFSID 272974
Sale Price $405.00
WILLIAM JENNER and THOMAS SPENCER WELLS
William Jenner and Thomas Spencer Wells send an autograph letter agreeing to a date.
Autograph Letter Signed: "W. Jenner.", 1p, 4½x7. Grosvenor Square, 1875 June 1. On imprinted stationery to "T. Spencer Wells Eq." Begins: "Dear Mr Wells". In full: "I shall be glad to meet you at 45 Grosvenor Place at 2:30 on Thursday truly yours". On verso of integral leaf, Autograph Letter Signed: "T. Spencer Wells". No place, no date. To "Dear Mr [illegible]". In full: "Thursday 2-30 is the hour, as you see on this [two words illegible] Yrs [illegible]". At the time of this letter, Jenner was a physician at University College Hospital in London (1854-1876). British physician WILLIAM JENNER (1815-1898) is best known for distinguishing the separate identities of typhus and typhoid fevers (1847). A renowned physician and consultant, he was named Physician Extraordinary (1861) and Physician in Ordinary to Queen Victoria (1862) and Physician in Ordinary to the Prince of Wales (1863). Jenner, who was created a Baronet in 1868, was President of the Royal College of Physicians from 1881-1888. THOMAS SPENCER WELLS (1818-1897) had entered the Royal Navy as a surgeon and served at the Naval Hospital at Malta from 1841-1847 as well as aboard the HMS Hibernia and the HMS Modeste before his retirement from service in 1854. He then set up a practice in London, specializing in obstetrics and ophthalmic surgery. A pioneer in abdominal surgery, Wells was a lecturer in surgery at St. George's Hospital at the time of this letter. In 1877, he became Hunterian Professor of Surgery and Pathology at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Lightly creased with folds, light vertical folds at the second "e" in Jenner, horizontal fold at one letter of Wells' signature. Ink smudged at one word, minor ink transference at upper blank margin. Overall, fine condition.
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