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Burroughs Wellcome & Co, Private Letter Book 2

Date
May 1897 - December 1898
Reference
WF/E/03/02 (copy, part 2)
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Wellcome Foundation Ltd
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** The original item is too fragile to be produced. The description below applies to the entire original volume, which is now spread across two microfilms (AMS/MF/175 and AMS/MF/176). Please order both films to be sure of finding material listed below. **

Letterbook consisting of copies of internal and external letters sent by the head office of Burroughs Wellcome & Co, Snow Hill, May 1897 - December 1898.

Topics covered in this letterbook include the day-to-day running of the business, with detailed correspondence with the Burroughs Wellcome productions site in Dartford and also the branch in Sydney. Internal correspondence covers such administrative details as terms of employment and recruitment. Some of this internal correspondence - and much of the external - concerns the aftermath of a fatal explosion at the Dartford works, December 1897.

A great deal of the correspondence relates to trade and sales, whether it is the gift of BW&Co 'Tabloid' products to notable names (eg King Chulalongkorn of Siam; General Sir William Lockhart; Lieut Robert E Peary, US Arctic Explorer; Otto Sverdrup, Norwegian Polar Explorer; the US Army in their war with Spain); correspondence with trade journals over advertisements for BW&Co products; problems over the sale of BW&Co 'Tabloid' products in Germany or routine correspondence with travelling salesman employed by BW&Co.

There is also letters giving details of current research carried out at the Wellcome Research Laboratories (eg anti-toxin research on horses)

The letters to Henry Wellcome himself - written to him whilst he recuperated abroad - are extremely detailed and offer the best overall summary to the range of issues in the rest of the volume.

1000 pages used. Index as follows:

Jules ACKERMANN, Geneva, 6
AERZTLICHER MEDICINISCHE WOCHENSCHRIFT, 468
ALLEN & HOARE, 394
ANALYST, 220
W.D. ASTILL, 125

J BADOCK, 689, 726
William BAKER, 134
Dr Wiston BAKER, 47a, 64, 65, 66
BANK OF AUSTRALIA Ltd, 21
Lieut Col BATES, Military Attache, American Embassy, London (forwarding on Congo 'Tabloid' Medicine Cases to Surgeon General, United States Army), 566
Dr Berthold BEER, Vienna, 759
JOHN BELL & Co, 570
GJ BIRKS, Sydney, 737 (reporting the use of BW&Co's trademarked word 'Tabloid' by an Australian company)
Dr C BISCHOFF, Berlin, 477 (on Bischoff writing a report for BW&Co on their 'Tabloi'd products)
A BLAKISTON, LRCP, 609
BOARD OF TRADE (Commissioner for Labour), 369
T J BOKENHAM, MRCS, 48, 54 (re dry Anti-diptheritic Serum), 55, 61, 83, 93 (HSW requesting Bokenham's resignation as director of the Wellcome Physiological Laboratories), 95, 102
BRADY & MARTIN, 47
BRAMIGK & Co, 880
BRITISH AND COLONIAL DRUGGIST, 220 (letter submitted by BW&Co re explosion at Dartford Works on 15th December 1897), 782
BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 220
F N BUNGEY, 582
J F BURNETT, 90, 167, 248, 658, 929
BURROUGHS WELLCOME & Co (Dartford) (letter sent from BW&Co offices, Snow Hill), 18, 37, 124, 130, 132, 138, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 147, 149, 150, 151, 152, 159, 161, 162, 164, 165, 166, 168, 170-178, 182, 183, 185, 187-190, 196-198, 207, 223, 226, 240,245, 246, 288, 297, 298, 300, 325, 327, 343, 372, 373, 374, 391, 413, 433, 437, 452, 470, 471, 474, 484, 485, 493, 495, 496, 499, 500, 501, 506, 508, 509, 526, 528, 530, 533, 534, 541, 578, 579, 591, 595, 600, 601, 615, 636, 639, 648, 650, 653, 657, 663, 664, 666, 673, 677, 679, 680, 684, 694, 698, 711, 715, 728, 732, 753, 755, 758, 766, 775, 777, 787, 788, 789, 793, 793, 807, 808, 818, 821, 822, 828, 829, 830, 832, 834, 841, 842, 848, 849, 857, 858, 862, 863, 864, 868, 871, 876, 876, 883, 896, 897, 906, 913, 918, 918, 919, 919, 920, 921, 922, 931, 936, 942, 943, 951, 953, 957, 964, 971, 973, 978, 980, 981, 983, 985, 989, 990
BURROUGHS WELLCOME & Co (Sydney), 24, 31, 97, 98, 121, 228, 232, 233, 235, 237, 244, 250, 251, 328, 329, 438, 480, 519, 520, 556, 557, 558, 577, 588, 589, 599, 612, 620, 646, 670, 672, 676, 716, 717, 719, 733, 736, 772, 783, 784, 798, 804, 805, 813, 819, 823, 824, 825, 826, 827, 837, 854, 855, 867, 947, 959, 967, 1000
BUTLER & CRISPE, 990

Stanislao CANNIZZARO, 652 (requesting Cannizzaro make an analysis of BW&Co 'Tabloid' preparations)
H CARDY, 820
F H CARR, 60
P W CHANDLER, 742, 752
CHEMIST & DRUGGIST, 220, 782 (on publishing a note by BW&Co on "The Testing of the Thyroid Gland", 19 August 1898)
CHEMICAL INDUSTRY, 220
CHEMICAL NEWS, 220
C J CHRISTIE, 87 (instructions for Christie, re visiting Doctors in South America to sell BW&Co goods)
G Ernest CLARKE, 11
Dr Louis COBBETT, 36 (re anti-toxin serum), 40, 57, 84, 86
W Grossett COLLINS, 874, 886
COLLYER-BRISTOW, RUSSELL, HILL, CURTIS & DODS, 887, 943
COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR (Board of Trade), 369
COMMISSONER of CANADA, 184 (gifting 'Tabloid products to be passed on to the Chief Medical Officer of the Canadian Government, including the "Tabloid" Cow-hide saddle case)
The COMPTROLLER, Patent Office, 59
CORBYN & STACEY & Co, 838
J Ward COUSINS, 38
R Newton CRANE, 28
CRUISERMAN & ROUSE, 514

Marcello DALMAZZO, 153
DARTFORD CHRONICLE, 220
DARTFORD EXPRESS, 220
DARTFORD URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL, 770, 865
G E DAVIS, 8 (termination of his contract as a travelling agent for BW&Co)
T J DAVIDSON, Royal Insurance Co, 20
T F DAUNCEY, 35
C F DAY, 982
CHARLES DELACRE & Co, Brussels, 700
E E DICKINSON & Co, Essex, Conneticut, 671
DIXON WATTS & ELKIN, 473
Thomas DIXON, 888, 894
Walter DOWSON (mostly on Dowson assuming the role of Director, Wellcome Physiological Laboratories; staffing matters), 92, 101, 107, 201, 202, 505, 776, 816, 833, 872, 873, 889, 911
W James DRUMMOND, 342
J W DRYSDALE, 131, 155, 836, 927

ESSENTIAL OIL IMPORTERS & EXPORTERS Ltd, 655

FAIRCHILD BROS & FOSTER, 5a, 194, 212, 602, 607, 622, 643, 690, 751
Thomas FEARNHEAD, MRCS, 665
A Chune FLETCHER, MRCS, 119, 192, 193, 205, 606, 634, 674, 725, 815
F W FLETCHER, 475
J H FRANCIS (Traveller), 71, 78, 617, 764
Prof FRASENUIS, Wiesbaden, 289 (forwarding details of Tabloid brand drugs stocked in Germany), 367, 398, 417, 553, 567, 637, 682, 712, 730, 750
Prof FRASER, Edinburgh, 315, 368 (on the Medical Council of the Duchy of Brunswick, forbidding pharmacists to stock BW&Co preparations), 399
Francis FORBES, 654, 718
W H FOWKES, 926
John FOXTON, 852, 861
Sir Edward FRANKLAND, 641
A Lloyd FRYER, 473

GALEN MANUFACTURING Co, 167
Lt Col Brigade Surgeon GALLOWAY, Cairo, 181
GENERAL POST OFFICE, 753, 800
Dr GENESE, Baltimore, 723, 955
Bruce GREEN, 59
Harry GREY, San Remo, 423
Dr GUBB, 709

D C HALDERMAN, Mutual Life Insurance Co., New York, 33
J & E HALL, 163, 296
Dr James HAMILTON, Dartford, 69 (on Hamilton becoming consulting medical officer to BW&Co in Dartford)
J H HARRIS, 361, 668
HASELTINE LAKE & Co, 697 (illegal use of 'Tabloid' term)
A B HECTOR, BW&Co Sydney, 73, 156, 157, 229, 231, 395, 573, 812, 909, 944, 958, 969, 997
J A HENRY, 23
Aubrey J HILL, 26, 27
Dr HOFFMANN, Charlottenburg, 635
C M HOLMES (Pharmaceutical Society), (request by HSW for Materia Medica specimens) 378
HOME OFFICE (Secretary of State) (re explosion at BW&Co Chemical Works, Dartford), 202, 213, 214, 301, 364
HORNE & Co, 658
HORNSBY & SONS, 696
W F HORTON, New York, 835
J W HULL, (questioning Hull's role as a salesman) 616, 659, 660, 720
HUMPHREYS Ltd, 709

E B I'ANSON, 731, 881, 882

A J JACOUTOT, 932
JAFFE & DARMSTAEDTER ((BW&Co acted as an agent for their 'Lanoline' products), 41, 106, 112, 123, 208, 209, 274, 422, 529, 543, 707, 879
JOHNS & PORTER, Baltimore, 450, 954, 989
John A JOHNSTON, 797
JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY OF CHEMICAL INDUSTRY, 220

Dr A A KANTHACK, Pathological Laboratory, Cambridge, 22, 25, 39, 42, 45, 50, 56, 58, 62, 74, 85, 105, (on the Medical Council of the Duchy of Brunswick, forbidding pharmacists to stock BW&Co preparations) 316, 337, 436
James KELLY, 779, 817
KENSINGTON CO-OP STORES Ltd, 699
W G KING, 490
Baron KITCHENER of KHARTOUM, (on receipt of a cheque from Kitchener of 100 guineas towards the Gordon Memoiral College Fund), 949
M KRIS, (on Kris arranging the publication in Austrain Journals of reports on BW&Co products by eminent doctors), 703
B KUHN, 722, 738

LANCET, 17, 220
E A LARMITTE, 749
Miss M Martin LEAKE, 27
Prof Oscar LIEBREICH, Berlin, 453, 497, 554, 587, 594, 597, 608, 611, 621, 623, 625, 629, 729, 754, 774, 791, 795, 809,902, 908, 925
LINKENHEIL & Co (Berlin), 80, 146, 179, 224, 273, 294, 341, 362, 370, 377, 390, 392, 412, 421, 424, 466, 467, 476, 479, 486, 487, 498, 507, 513, 515, 516, 532, 539, 542, 549, 568, 571, 572, 575, 590, 592, 605, 638, 705, 734, 760, 778, 796, 801, 806, 839, 875, 814, 916, 923, 924, 941, 961, 965, 976, 994, 996, 1002
E E LITTLEDALE, 517
Gen Sir William LOCKHART, Commander of the Punjab Forces, 111 (on sending BW&Co medicine chests for "present operations on the Indian Frontier"), 416
F W LOCKTON, Sydney, 393
E L LOEWE, 146, 179, 224
LONDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, 860
E B LOFTUS, 75
J L LOVELAND, 952
W Jesse LOVETT, 435, 472
Prof Dr Hofrath LUDWIG, 426, 460, 595, 613

Robert McBRIDE, 859
W McBRIDE, (BW&Co salesman) 683, 744, 762, 892
William McNAB, (on chemical trials, in particular Erythrol Tetranitrate. An explosion involving said chemical caused the explosion which resulted in the death of a BW&Co employee in December 1897) 217, 238, 249, 252, 268, 275, 302, 318, 342, 366, 375, 449, 538, 587, 711, 910
MARKBY STEWART & Co, (lwayers, inc. correspondence re Silas Mainville Burroughs's will, in particular money left to BW&Co employees) 4, 35, 82, 91, 120, 186, 193, 195, 216, 217, 222, 239, 290, 291, 317, 642, 685, 695, 710, 739, 740, 749, 756, 763, 768, 771, 787, 790, 846, 850, 852, 853, 872, 890, 891, 895, 899, 910, 922, 934, 950
MATHER & CROWTHER, 16
MEDECIN DER GEGENWART, 468
MEDICAL PRESS & CIRCULAR, 220
MEDICO, 468
MEISTER LUCIUS & BRUNING, 451, 531, 757
Dr F G MELANDRI, 145
D MICHAH, Dartford, 668a, 675
Dr MICHAELS, Berlin, 786, 847
T MIDDLETON, 645
MILITARARZTLICHE ZEITACHRIFT, 468 (on publishing in German Trade press, a report on 'Tabloid' preparations by Dr Otto Witt)
Peter MOLLER, 792, 858
A C MOLONEY, 118
Mr Arthur MOSER, 702
Fletcher MOULTON, 126, 227, 239
Henric B MURRAY, London Chamber of Commerce, 860
William MURRELL, 206
Walter MURTON, Solicitor, Board of Trade, 191
Augustus MURZIO, 743
MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE Co. 33

Gerald NYE, 681

Dr Owen PAGET, 708
F W PAINTING, 100
PATENT OFFICE (Comptroller), 59
A W PATERSON, 988
G E PEARSON, (BW&Co salesman) 598, 614, 745, 836
Lieut R E PEARY, 296 (supplying Tabloid equipment for his Arctic expedition), 633, 656
PHARMACEUTICAL JOURNAL, 220, 782
PHARMACUTISCHE ZEITUNG, 468
PHARMASEUTICAL SOCIETY, 378
H J V PHILPOTT, (re Patent fees) 29, 52, 53, 65, 75, 147, 336, 761
His Excellency PHYRA SRISIDI, Secretary to HM the King of Siam [Chulalongkorn],76 (sending price list of Tabloid products)
Dr F B POWER, 169, 692, 984
J E PURVIS, 40

RAFFO DALMAZZO & Co, Genoa, (on making orders of BW&Co products) 14, 153, 242, 339, 610, 704
E W RAVEN, 877
P K READ (Tetley & Co), 136
Fred REYNOLDS, 821
John ROGER, 108, 109, 110, 114, 115
S ROBERTS, 99
W ROBERTSON esq 63
Thos ROBINSON, 710
W A ROBSON, 46, 51, 135
Julius ROCKMAN 817
F A ROGERS, 745
Sir Henry E ROSCOE, 219 (on re-arranging date of Roscoe inspecting BW&Co works, due to death of employee), 618 (remarks on Tabloid products), 647, 766, 767, 769, 817
Dr J L ROWLAND, 326
ROYAL INSURANCE Co. 20
P J RUTLAND, 292, 376, 469, 574, 775, 788, 794

Messrs SLOPER & POTTER, 30, 67, 77, 96, 128
A SYMINGTON, 34
H A SCHLESINGER, Geneva, 44
J SCOTT, 79
Charles STEWART (MARKBY STEWART & Co), 120, 186
SECRETARY OF STATE (Home Office), (mostly on the death of a BW&Co employee in December 1897), 203, 213, 214, 301, 364
Sir Thomas Grainger STEWART, 363
H Wood SMITH, 435
Henry SMELLING, 488, 580, 581, 693, 735, 974
SECRETARY OF STATE for the Oberfranken District of Bavaria, 491 (on problems regarding the sale of 'Tabloid' medicines in Bavaria)
W J STEVENS, 552
Captain [Otto] SVERDRUP, Christiania, Norway, 576 (Polar explorer been given 'Tabloid' Medical Equipment)
STREET & Co, 811, 907
J Collett SMITH, 814
SURGICAL SUPPLY ASSOCIATION Ltd. 925

H Neville TAYLOR, 569
Mowbray TAYLOR, MB, 489
W E TAYLOR, 340, 746
TETLEY & Co (on blends of tea to be sent to BW&Co, most likely for the production of 'Tabloid' Tea), 1, 72, 136, 137, 247, 295, 327, 419, 454, 651, 930, 962
Mr THOMAS, Chemist, Aberdovey, 204, 246
Miss THOMPSON, 19
C J S THOMPSON (mostly correspondence requesting Thompson's opinion on BW&Co labelling), 57, 667, 724, 781, 972
Joseph TOROK, Budapest, 701 (on the publishing in Hungarian medical journals of reports on BW&Co products. Letter insists the reports must be in the literary part of the journal and not in the advertisements). J TURNER & Co Ltd (mostly re. Erythrol Tetranitrate) 293, 317, 397, 420, 494, 551, 749, 780, 831, 848, 866, 878, 911, 933, 937, 940, 963

URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL (Dartford), 770, 863

VAN WYCK & DUTCH STAR CHOCOLATE Co Ltd, 13
C VALLET, 99

Dr A WANDER, Berne, 885
J W WARD, 10
James WASHINGTON, 901
Henry G WATEL, 606
C C WELD, 991
H S WELLCOME (letters to Wellcome - holidaying abroad - from J Collett Smith and R C Sudlow). Matters discussed include preparation of 'Tabloid' products (including 'Tabloid' Mineral Water); labelling of 'Tabloid' products; Erythrol Tetranitrate and the explosion at the Dartford works; BMA conference in Edinburgh; orders for 'Tabloid' Medicine cases; summaries of travellering salesman's activities; Prof Witt's reports and sales in Germany. 103, 104a, 253, 260, 261, 262, 263, 269, 271, 276, 284, 303, 305, 306, 307 (removing 'sky sign' for BW&Co from the roof of No. 57 Holbron Viaduct), 319, 322, 330, 332, 344, 346, 352, 355, 356, 357, 380, 384 (comments on the Congo 'Tabloid' medicine case), 399, 401, 403, 409, 414, 427, 429, 439, 441, 445, 447, 458 (Army use of 'Tabloid' medicine cases), 462, 481, 502, 521, 523, 535, 545, 547, 559 (on war between USA and Spain, and USA being sent 'Tabloid' Medicine Chests. "We have felt in this matter that although you would recognise that perhaps no business results would follow this presentation, yet as an American Citizen you would wish to make a contribution..."), 561, 624, 626, 627, 628, 630, 632, 686
WEST KENT ADVERTISER, 220
T J WHIFFEN, 755
WILLATS & Co, 669, 678
W Lloyd WILLIAMS (Works Manager, BW&Co, Dartford), 2, 3, 7, 9, 15, 18, 28, 116, 127, 199, 200, 218, 360, 550, 662, 687, 688, 741, 810, 843, 844, 853, 862, 870, 893, 898, 905, 935, 938, 939, 956, 975, 977, 987, 992, 993
Prof Otto WITT (on writing reports on 'Tabloid' products), 365, 425, 434, 512, 544, 555
H A WOOLNOUGH, Melbourne, 966
E WOOTON, 884

Pelham C YOUNG, 713 (on doing business in Australia)

ZEITSCHRIFT fur PRACTICHE AERZTE, 468

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May 1897 - December 1898

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