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Lettsom, John Coakley (1744-1815)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 MSS.3245-3249, 5370
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Lettsom, John Coakley (1744-1815)
Date(s): 1766-1812
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 4 files
Name of creator(s): Lettsom | John Coakley | 1744-1815 | physician and botanist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

John Coakley Lettsom ran a private practice in London from a house in Basinghall Street. In 1770 he became licentiate of the College of Physicians and FSA; in 1773 he was elected FRS.


Scope and content/abstract:

Personal papers and correspondence of John Coakley Lettsom, 1766-1812, including medical papers and pamphlets by Lettsom, newspaper cuttings relating to him, or subjects that interested him. Letters from various correspondents, mainly from the medical profession. The papers reflect his primary interests in 'Quacks and Quackery', clinical medicine, pathology, materia medica, variolation and vaccination. Many relate to the business of the Medical Society of London, of which Lettsom was President. There is also a fragment of an autobiography of his life as a as a student, MS.3245.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English and some French, Latin and German

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

Archival Information

Archival history:

MS.3245 and possibly MS.5370 from the library of Thomas Joseph Pettigrew [1791-1869].

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased 1906, 1910, 1939; MS.5370 purchased at some time before 1923 by the Wellcome Museum and subsequently transferred to the Library.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Copied from the Wellcome Library catalogue by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
In compliance with ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description - 2nd Edition (1999); UNESCO Thesaurus, December 2001; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 2009

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