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Long, William: Books

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0273
Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Full title: Long, William: Books
Date(s): 1818
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Long | William | 1747-1818 | surgeon


Administrative/Biographical history:

William Long was born in 1747. He became a member of the Corporation of Surgeons in 1769. He was appointed to the Court of Assistants in 1789 until his death, firstly with the Corporation of Surgeons, and also when it became the Royal College of Surgeons in London. He was a member of the Court of Examiners, during 1797-1810. He was elected the second Master of the College in 1800. He became a Governor (equivalent to a Vice-President) between 1800-1807. He was a member of the first Museum Committee set up in 1799. He was Chairman of the Building Committee for the new College building in Lincoln's Inn Fields. He was elected Assistant Surgeon to St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, in 1784, and became Surgeon, in 1791. He resigned the post in 1807 when he was elected a Governor of the Hospital. He was also a surgeon to the Bluecoat School, 1790-1807. John Painter Vincent, President of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1832 and 1840, was apprenticed to Long. Long became a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, in 1792, and the Royal Society, in 1801. He died in 1818.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of William Long, 1818, comprising a volume containing a detailed manuscript list of the 494 books and 58 pamphlets bequethed by Long, which arrived on 17 Jul 1818.

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:

Archival Information

Archival history:

It is possible that this list was made by, or for William Clift.

Immediate source of acquisition:

William Long bequeathed "all my books of physic, surgery, anatomy, natural history, voyages and travels by medical men", adding a codicil that "the selection of such books shall be made solely by my executors without any scrutiny or enquiry on the part of the members of the College or of any officer or other person deputed by them" (Minute Book of the Board of Curators, 7 Jul 1818). The Library owes most of it's examples of English Tudor surgery to William Long and Sir Anthony Carlisle.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Mrs Long also presented a collection of instruments to the Museum, in 1818.

National Portrait Gallery: Etching of William (?) Long, surgeon, by William Daniell, after George Dance, 20 Feb 1794. (NPG D12207).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

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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