Medical commonplace-book, including a catalogue of the books in the Medical Library at the Leeds Infirmary

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      GB 206 MS 1587
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  • Language of Material
      English Latin
  • Physical Description
      1 vol. (96 ff.) manuscript. Bound with boards and a vellum backstrip which is partly lost through damage

Scope and Content

Comprises extracts on various subjects, but chiefly medical, written between 1783 and 1799, as follows: Ff. 1-4, "An observation on ye management of children at ye time of birth, by Dr Denman"; ff. 5v-6r, "Extracted from ye Quaker's epistle ye 16 of the 6th month 1783, Leeds Intelligencer, 1 July 1783"; ff. 6v-7v, "The way to make money plenty in every man's pocket, by Dr Franklin ... Leeds Intelligencer, 8 November 1785"; ff. 8r-17r, "The following observations are Mr Hey's: he was so kind as to lend me them. The principal objects of attention in natural labours ... "; ff. 17v-23v, "Extract from a discourse on Romans 12 v.16 ... 'wise in your own conceits' ... Monthly Review for December 1788, p. 528"; f.24, "If a man works for nothing ... [and another extract] ... Monthly Review, December 1788"; ff. 25r-44r, "Pharmacopeia in usum valetudinarii generalis Leodiensis" (prescriptions in Latin); ff. 45r-58r, "A catalogue of the books in the Medical Library at the Leeds Infirmary with their value annexed according to the catalogue deposited in ye library-room"; ff. 59r-60v, "A catalogue of surgeon's instruments in the appropriate closet at the General Infirmary, 19 June 1775"; ff. 61r-63r, "Remarks on the speech of Lord Thurlow, on a motion ... [and two other items] ... Monthly Review for November 1788"; f. 63v, "The conclusion of the critique upon Gibbon's history, in the Monthly Review ... for September 1788"; ff.64r-70v, Various medical notes, perhaps by an apprentice of Dr Denman; ff. 70v-71r, "Soup. A cheap soup ... Leeds Intelligencer, 15 December 1789"; f. 71v, "Where have I seen this adage, that 'the ready way to ruin a man is to dress him up in fine clothes'?"; f. 72v, "Extract from the advertisement for a matron for the infirmary in the room of Mrs Hanson deceased, Leeds Intelligencer, 28 January 1793"; f. 73r, Short booklist; f. 73v, "A plan for assisting the public credit ... Leeds Intelligencer, June 10 1793"; f. 74, "Mr Burke, in his lofty situation ... Leeds Intelligencer, 9 September 1793"; f. 75r, "Women, because they have not been led ... Wollstonecraft's Rights of women, vol.1, p.415"; f. 75v, "Pure mathematics ... The Star, October 23 1793"; f. 76r, "Mr Stoke against whom a bill of indictment for high treason ... Leeds Intelligencer, 15 September 1794"; f. 76r-v, "When Mr Addison ... Johnson's lives of ye poets in ye life of Addison"; ff. 77r-84r, "Lackington ... Beaumont and Fletcher's Scornful lady"; f. 84v, "An epitaph in Batley church yard"; f. 85, Jottings on education, 1798; ff. 86-88, Extracts from Swift's letters; ff.89-96, Blank

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The compiler of the commonplace-book is unknown

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Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Health Sciences Historical Collection 2002


In English with some Latin

Custodial History

Purchased from Thomas Crowe, Bookdealer, of Norwich, 30 April 1975