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Shelley, John Nichols (1783-1858)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0224
Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Full title: Shelley, John Nichols (1783-1858)
Date(s): 1804
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Shelley | John Nicholls | 1783-1858 | army surgeon


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Nichols Shelley was born in 1783. He became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1805, and was listed as residing in Epsom. He was Assistant Surgeon of the 35th Foot Regiment, in 1805; he was in Egypt in 1807; and he was Surgeon for the Greek Light Infantry Corps, in 1811. He retired on half pay in 1816. He died in Streatham in 1858.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of John Nichols Shelley, 1804, comprising a volume of manuscript notes by Shelley, of lectures given by Henry Cline, titled Lectures on Surgery, 1804. Including notes referring to comments by Sir Astley Cooper, who could have also been contributing to the lectures.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

By written appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:

Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (1928) by Victor G Plarr.

Archival Information

Archival history:

There is no specific reference to John Nichols Shelley, or to the date of the lectures, in the volume itself. The volume has been rebound by the College Library (date unknown) and perhaps the area identifying Shelley was lost during this process. However, information on the author of the volume and the date is given in Plarr's Catalogue of Manuscripts (1928).

Immediate source of acquisition:

The provenance of this material is not known.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Notes of William Culllen's Lectures on Fevers written by Henry Cline (MS0222/1/1); Notes of Henry Cline's lectures by unidentified authors (MS0222/2); Notes of Henry Cline's lectures taken by John Hooper (MS0104), by William Cooke (MS0212), and by William Newland (MS0223); Volume containing notes of lectures by John Hunter, William Hunter and Henry Cline by an unidentified author (MS0189/3/24).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.
Source: Peterkin, A, and Johnston, W Commissioned Officers in the Medical Services of the British Army, 1660-1960, Volume 1(London, 1968) - who note that often Shelley's name is incorrectly given as James Nichols Shelley; and The Royal College of Surgeons of England Membership Lists.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Sep 2008

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