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Augustus George Vernon Harcourt - Letter to My Dear Dixon, sent from Aberdare, 5 September 1875.

William Vernon Harcourt - Letter to an unnamed recipient, sent from 40 Grove Square, n.d.

John Fosse Harding - Letter to Charles Brooke, Fellow of the Royal Society, 26 February 1851.

Robert Dennis Harding - Typescript letter to Mrs. R.D. Harding, Minehead (widow of R.D. Harding) regarding yaws disease in Africa, 19 September 1952.

Harding, William - Letter to Dr. Shuttleworth, sent from Rothbury, Northumberland, 29 May 1894.

Sir Henry Hardinge, first Viscount Hardinge of Lahore - Letter sent from Chamusca, Portugal (during the Peninsular War), to William Fergusson (1773-1846), physician, regarding the renewal and the explication of sick certificates of the British officers, and whether they should be sent to the 1st Secretary of his Excellency, 3 March 1811.

Philip Charles Hardwick - Two letters sent from 21 Cavendish Square, London, one to an unnamed recipient, 10 June 1868, and one to G.H. West, n.d.

Charles J. Hare - Part of a letter to Charles Brook, Fellow of the Royal Society, n.d.

Francis Washington Gerard Hare - Letter to William Henry Allchin, concerning Hare's book, The Food Factor in Disease, sent from 59 Gordon Mansions, Gower Street London, 7 April 1905.

George Harley - Fragment of a letter containing the signature of George Harley, n.d.

Thomas David Harries - Letter, in envelope, addressed to Thomas Madden Stone at the Royal College of Surgeons, sent from Aberystwyth, regarding examining longevity and enclosing a photograph of Margaret Morris, of Taliesin, Cardiganshire, in her 105th year, 29 June 1882. Letter also includes another photograph of a man seated, but no information given, although reverse is stamped Stowe & Ladmore, photographers, 17 King Street, Hereford.

Robert Harrington - Letter addressed to 'Gentlemen', regarding his experiments and observations on 'Volta's Galvonic Pile', 27 January 1801.

James Harris - Signature of James Harris, 16 May 1756.

Sir William Snow Harris - Two letters to J.W. Lowry in London, sent from Plymouth, 18 May and 28 July 1836; Letter to Sydney Herbert, M.P. sent from the Plymouth Athenaeum, 26 November 1859; Note to his wife Elizabeth, n.d., which on the reverse has a printed account pasted onto it, of a series of electrical experiments conducted by W.S. Harris at Chatham Dockyard.

Reginald Harrison - Telegram from Trimmer to J.M. Stone, regarding Reginald Harrison expecting him, 1883; Letter to Thomas M. Stone, sent from Liverpool, with envelope, 29 July? 1883?

Robert Harrison - Letter to an unnamed recipient, sent from Dublin, 6 September 1825; Letter to Edwin Balfour at the Royal College of Surgeons, sent from Dublin, 14 July 1841; Letter to My Dear Guthrie, sent from Dublin, respecting advertisements by certain teachers in Dublin, 1842.

James Edmund Harting - Letter to Cordeaux, sent from Lincolns Inn Fields, London, regarding sandpipers in Yorkshire, 9 April 1874; Letter to an unnamed recipient regarding proofs, sent from Burlington House, Piccadilly, 18 December 1891

Sir Percival Horton-Smith Hartley - Letter to Wing Commander H.M. Stanley Turner, M.D., F.R.C.S., sent from Portland Place, London regarding the longevity of oarsmen, 3 April 1939.

Thomas Harvey - Two photocopies and two typewritten transcripts of Thomas Harvey's will, n.d.

William Harvey - Three letters to T.M. Stone, one dated 20 October 1839, two n.d.; Letter to an unnamed recipient sent from 2 Soho Square, London, n.d.; Letter to an unamed recipient regarding Brevick's pupil, n.d.; Letter to J. Luke sent from 2 Soho Square, London, n.d.

Sir Busick Harwood - Letter to Wrangham sent from Downing College, regarding the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Rutland as candidates for the Chancellorship of Downing College, 18 March 1811.

J. Harwood - Letter to Mrs. West, 8 Billiter Street, City of London regarding a raccoon, 29 April 1828.

Thomas Harwood - Letter to Cadell and Davies, sent from Lichfield, 3 October 1801.



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Acquisition note

Purchased as part of the Shuttleworth collection, October 1929 (acc.54399); Purchased from Mrs. Barrett, London, March 1930 (acc.91327); Puttick and Simpson, May 1930 (acc.62824); Stevens, London, March 1931 (acc.56474), (acc.56483), April 1931 (acc.68565); Glendining, London, December 1931 (acc.67596); Sotheby's, London, April 1932 (acc.65134); Desgranges, Paris, October 1935 (acc.69099); Mrs. Watson, Burnley, March 1945 (acc.72200), presumably once part of the Thomas Madden Stone autograph collection. Transferred from Wellcome Historical Medical Museum, c.1939 (acc.91800). Provenance details not recorded (acc.67430).

Biographical note

Harcourt, Augustus George Vernon (1834-1919), chemist. He gained a B.A. in Natural Science at Balliol College, Oxford, was assistant to Benjamin C. Brodie, and became Lee's Reader in chemistry before becoming a senior student of Christ Church, Oxford in 1859. He became a fellow of the Royal Society in 1863. From 1864 to1902 he was a tutor, and researched on the rate of chemical change, on coal-gas, and chloroform as an anaesthetic.

Harcourt, William Vernon (1789-1871). General Secretary to the first meeting of the British Association (York, 1831). He gained a M.A. at Christ Church, Oxford in 1814. After this he received private tuition from the chemists Humphry Davy and William Wollaston. He had a clerical career from 1814-1861. In 1824 he became a fellow of the Royal Society, and was also appointed canon residentiary of York Minster. Later, in 1839, he became president of the British Association of Birmingham.

Harding, John Fosse (1808-1883). In 1835 he became a licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries and a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, becoming a fellow in 1852. He studied at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, and practised as one of the firm of Harding and Hewer, later Harding, Hewer and Calthrop. He acted as surgeon to the Finsbury Assurance Association and the Watchmaker's Benevolent Society, and as examining surgeon to the Infant Orphan's Asylum and to the Camberwell Schools.

Harding, Robert Dennis (fl. 1926-1945). Educated at Oxford, gaining a B.A. in 1926, he became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and was awarded licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians in 1930, becoming a member in 1932. In 1934, he was awarded a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (Silver Medal). He worked with the trypanosomiasis service in Sierra Leone, and was Sleeping Sickness Medical Officer in Nigeria.

Harding, William.

Hardinge, Sir Henry, first Viscount Hardinge of Lahore (1785-1856), army officer, politician, and governor-general of India.

Hardwick, Philip Charles (1822-1892), architect. As a surveyor, he worked for St Bartholomew's Hospital 1856-1871, and Greenwich Hospital.

Hare, Charles J.

Hare, Francis Washington Gerard (fl. 1898-1912).

Harley, George (1829-1896), physician. Gained a Medical Doctorate in Edinburgh in 1850, and was house surgeon and physician to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. He studied physiology and chemistry at Paris, and became president of the Parisian Medical Society in 1853. In 1855, he became a lecturer on practical physiology and histology at University College, London. He was appointed a fellow of the Chemical Society, and of the College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 1858. He became professor of medical jurisprudence at University College in 1859, and physician to the hospital there in 1860. In 1865, he became a fellow of the Royal Society.

Harries, Thomas David (1850-1938), fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. Born Llancoats, near Fishguard, South Wales, he trained at Guy's Hospital becoming obstetric officer and a friend of Dr. Samuel Wilkes. He was a fellow of the Royal Society, surgeon at Aberystwyth Infirmary and Cardiganshire General Hospital.

Harrington, Robert (1751-1837), M.D. and surgeon. An eccentric writer on natural philosophy between 1781 and 1819, Harrington became a member of the Company of Surgeons sometime before 1781 and practised in Carlisle. He was a believer in phlogiston theory and attempted to discredit Antoine Lavoisier's theory of combustion and other discoveries. He also used the pseudonym of Richard Bewley, M.D.

Harris, James (1709-1780). Author of Hermes, or a Philosophical Inquiry concerning Universal Grammar, 1751, and other works (collected 1801). He was a Member of Parliament for Christchurch, 1761-1780, a lord of the Treasury, 1763-1765, and Comptroller to the Queen 1774-1780.

Harris, Sir William Snow (1791-1867), physicist and electrician. He became a fellow of the Royal Society in 1831, a Copley medallist in 1835, and gave the Bakerian lecture in 1839 on elementary laws of electricity. In 1847 he was knighted for his improved lightning conductors for ships. From 1851, he was curator and president at various times at the museum of the Plymouth Institution.

Harrison, Reginald (1837-1908). He became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1859, and a fellow in 1866. He was surgeon at the Royal Infirmary Liverpool, 1869-1889, and lectured at the medical school there on anatomy in 1865, and surgery in 1872. Harrison helped to convert the Royal Infirmary school of medicine at Liverpool into the medical faculty of Liverpool University. During 1894-1895 he was vice-president of the Royal College of Surgeons, Hunterian professor of surgery, 1890-1891, Bradshaw lecturer in 1896 delivering lectures on urological diseases, and president of the Medical Society of London in 1890. He also established a system of street ambulances in Liverpool, and published work on surgery, urology, and the ambulance service.

Harrison, Robert (1796-1858), anatomist and surgeon. Born in Cumberland, and apprenticed to surgeon Abraham Colles. Harrison studied at Trinity College Dublin, where he was appointed professor of anatomy and physiology in 1827. He later became professor of anatomy and chirurgery at the school of physic in 1837, and in this same year was awarded the degree of M.D. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1843, being one of the original fellows. He also became president of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.

Harting, James Edmund (1841-1928), ornithologist. Librarian to the Linnean Society, 1888-1897, and later Assistant Secretary. He was also a prolific writer on natural history, ornithology and hawks.

Hartley, Sir Percival Horton-Smith (1867-1952). Born in London, Percival Horton-Smith, who added his wife's family name of Hartley to his in 1904, studied medicine at Cambridge, St. Bartholomews Hospital, Paris and Vienna. He graduated in 1893 and became a member of the Physiological Society in 1896. He became assistant physician at St. Bartholomews Hospital in 1906, before becoming consulting physician in 1920. He was also on staff at the Brompton Hospital where he received the same promotions in 1906 and 1926. Hartley gave the Goulstonian Lectures on typhoid bacillus and typhoid fever at the Royal College of Physicians in 1900. He became Joint Secretary to the advisory committee appointed to set up the King Edward VII Sanatorium in 1921. He was a major in the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Harvey, Thomas (1584-1623). Brother of William Harvey, physician.

Harvey, William (1806-1876). He was made a licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries in 1830. In the same year he became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, and a fellow in 1835. He was educated at Guy's Hospital, and was a contemporary of Joseph Toynbee and James Yearsley. Later he became aural surgeon to the Royal Dispensary for Diseases of the Ear, to Freeman's Asylum for female children, and to the Great Northern Hospital. Harvey is remembered as giving rise to the 'banting' system of reducing corpulence, as he originally directed William Banting to adopt a low carbohydrate diet.

Harwood, Sir Busick (1745?-1814), anatomist and professor at Cambridge. After practising as a surgeon in India he graduated at Christ's College Cambridge and gained medical qualifications in 1785 (M.B.) and 1790 (M.D.). He became a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1783 and a fellow of the Royal Society in 1784. Harwood became professor of anatomy at Cambridge in 1785 and a physician at Addenbrooke's Hospital in 1786. In 1800 he was made Downing professor of medicine at Cambridge University. He is celebrated for his experiments on blood transfusion.

Harwood, J. (fl. 1828). Member of the Royal Institution.

Harwood, Thomas (1767-1842), Church of England clergyman and writer. He gained a doctorate at Cambridge University in 1822, and became a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He was a supporter of Roman Catholic emancipation.

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