Letters from Sir Erasmus Wilson, with related material

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      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Misc. Letters 2 Wilson (2)
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      6 letters (11 ff. with 10 ff. conjoined in 5 pairs), 1 envelope, 1 printed card, 2 portrait photographs, and 4 press-cuttings, all held in 1 envelope, manuscript, photographs, and printed material.  The material was formerly bound into a volume containing also transcripts of the letters, which is now shelved in a separate author/alphabetical sequence following the main sequence of Miscellaneous Letters.

Scope and Content

Comprises 6 autograph letters, including 5 from Erasmus Wilson to Jabez Hogg dated 3 August 1863-7 April 1879 and 1 from A. Morton to Jabez Hogg undated, but probably late 1881 (all with transcripts), 1 stamped-addressed envelope to Jabez Hogg postmarked 12 December 1881, 1 printed card dated 7 December 1881 sent by Sir Erasmus and Lady Wilson thanking friends for their congratulations to him, probably upon the occasion of his knighthood, 1 large portrait photograph of Erasmus Wilson, 1 photograph of Cleopatra's Needle standing on the Thames Embankment accompanied by 2 press-cuttings concerning Wilson's financing of the obelisk's transportation to London by sea in 1881, another cutting concerning him extracted from The Illustrated London News for 26 November 1881 and including a printed portrait, and an obituary on him extracted from the press in 1884.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir William James Erasmus Wilson (1809-1884), the surgeon and President of the Royal College of Surgeons. For fuller details of his life and achievements see the Dictionary of National Biography.

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Acquisition Information

From the library of Lord Brotherton.


In English.