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1. Nathaniel Highmore - Letter to Messrs. Luckington (bookseller) sent from the Russell Institution on Wednesday (on behalf of Highmore), regarding sending the book, Herrera, with German books, and the binding of Zimmerman on 'Solitude' to be deferred, n.d.

2. Daniel Hill - Letter to C.A. Kendall in Keswick, apologising for the delay in writing, and enclosing a manuscript, 29 January 1820.

3. William Hill - Unsigned petition (copy) to the right honorable of his Lords and others of his Majesty's Councill [sic] of Warr [sic], regarding renumeration to chirurgiens under the command of Colonel Kirke, unsigned, n.d.

4. George Hills - Signed testimonial in favour of the articled apprentice, William Stone, Arundel, 25 September 1837.

5. John Hilton - Letter to Mr. Cooke, sent from New Broad Street, London, regarding Mr. Cooke's son's illness, 6 July 1874.

6. George William Hind - Two letters to Henry Carlton Bastian (1837-1915), n.d.

7. John Russell Hind - Letter, sent from St. John's Wood, London, to Mons. Antoine Pingard, regarding the astronomical prize awarded to him for the fourth time from the Academy of Sciences, 29 December 1852; Fragment of a letter, with the autograph of Hind, n.d.; Letter addressed to Dear Madam, sent from Mr. Bishop's Observatory, Regent's Park, London, regarding a 'perfect swarm of visitors, including a Rajah' that he is expecting, with the Rajah wanting to try a simple experiment to understand the power of Mr. Bishop's telescope, Tuesday, 5 October, 18--?; Note signed by Hind, regarding the place of a planet seen on 23 October, and misread on the 18 November, when another suspicious object was seen 50 degrees west of the position of the missing one, 19 November 1852.

8. Richard Brinsley Hinds - Letter to Hugh Cumming, n.d.

9. Sir Sydney Holland - Autography of Sydney Holland, 5 August 1904; Letter to an unamed recipient, on paper headed 'The "Forget-Me-Not" Bond of The London Hospital', 8 May 1905; Press cutting containing a photograph of Sydney Holland, and advertising his, Lectures to nurses, n.d.



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Purchased from Desgranges, Paris, October 1930 (acc.63459) and May 1932 (acc.65641), Stevens, London, March 1931 (acc.56474) and July 1931 (acc.68209), Sotheby's, London, November 1931 (acc.75331), Glendining, London, September 1932 (acc.67648), Mrs. Watson, Burnley, March 1945 (acc.72200), presumably once part of the Thomas Madden Stone autograph collection, and J.L.M. Gulley, London, July 1993 (acc.349226). Transferred from Wellcome Historical Medical Museum, c.1939 (acc.91800). Provenance details not known (acc.15206).

Biographical note

Nathaniel Highmore (1761-), doctor and professor of civil law. He was a member of Jesus College, Cambridge, and Commissioned Advocate in his Majesty's Courts of Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. He received his classical education at Göttingen, under Michaelis, Heyne and other German professors, and studied medicine in London, Leyden and Edinburgh. He became a Medical Doctor in 1791, and a Doctor of Law, and Doctor of Civil Law (Cambridge), in 1796.

Daniel Hill (1759?-ca. 1824), surgeon and writer.

William Hill (fl. 1844), surgeon.

George Hills (1807-1880). He studied at Guy's Hospital, practised at Thoreton, near Bradford, and later in London. He became a Licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries, in 1829, a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1830, and gained his Fellowship there in 1857. He was made a Medical Doctor at St. Andrews in 1862.

John Hilton (1804-1878), anatomist and surgeon. He was a surgeon at Guy's Hospital, 1849-1870. In 1843, he became one of the original fellows at the Royal College of Surgeons, was Hunterian professor of human anatomy and surgery there, 1859-1862, and later became president in 1867. He is particularly famous for his treatise on rest and pain, On the influence of mechanical and physiological rest in the treatment of accidents and surgical disease, and the diagnostic value of pain. (1863)

George William Hind (1802-1885). Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, and Fellow there 1827 and 1849 respectively. He worked with Sir Charles Bell at the Windmill Street School, and served under him at the Middlesex Hospital, where he acted as house surgeon. He instituted the Anatomical and Pathological Museum at University College Hospital.

J. Russell Hind (John Russell), (1823-1895), astronomer. He was born near Higham in Kent. In 1840, he entered the magnetic and meteorological department of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. He was an observer at the observatory founded by George Bishop from 1844 until 1877. Hind, superintended the Nautical Almanac at Gray's Inn, from 1853 until 1891, introducing important changes. In 1844, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and its president, 1880-1882. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1863, and awarded an honorary LL.D from Glasgow in 1882.

Richard Brinsley Hinds (1812?-1847), botanist and surgeon. He entered St. Bartholomew's Hospital in 1829, matriculating at London University in 1830. He gained the Gold Medal from the Society of Apothecaries for botany, and became a Licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries in 1833. He entered the Royal Navy as assistant surgeon in 1835, and was appointed Surgeon to H.M.S. Sulphur on the China Station. Whilst serving as Surgeon to the Sulphur, Hinds gathered the first collection of Hong Kong plants to reach England. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1844.

Sir Sydney Holland (1855-1931), 3rd baronet and 2nd Viscount Knutsford, hospital administrator and reformer; he succeeded his father in 1914. He was educated at Wellington and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and called to the bar of the Inner Temple in 1879. Elected a director of the East and West India Dock Company in 1888, he was also chairman of Poplar Hospital (1891-1896) and chairman of the London Hospital (1896-1931) where he transformed the standard of nursing, administration and hospital efficiency.

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