CW Shirley Deakin to W Carter MD

Scope and Content

Written from University College Hospital WC. Dr Deakin exercises his irony at the expense of the 'Shield'. And asks whom the Abolitionists have as supporters in the medical world compared to the 87 leading medical men in town, which include such well known names as Jenner, Gull, Wilks, Paget, Fergusson and Keys, who support the Acts. (Note added by Dr Carter: 'this letter was written on the very night when Mr Bruce announced his intention of introducing a Government measure to repeal the Acts.)

Administrative / Biographical History

'The London Memorial' - This was an Association for the advocates of the Continental system of control of prostitutes

'It was formed for this purpose and its energetic secretary Dr Berkeley Hill addressed meetings in several towns with the result that in 1868 43 branch associations were established. The leading doctors such as Jenner, Paget, Acland and the Presidents of the RCS and RCP threw themselves into this agitation. ... Berkeley Hill writing to the Times in 1871 said that petitions in favour of extension had been signed by 6 bishops, 10 deans, 42 clergymen and ministers, 24 heads of Colleges and 14 professors'. ('James Stansfeld' by JL Hammond and Barbara Hammond p 132-4

Biog: Jenner; Gull; Wilks; Paget; Fergusson; Keys