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CLARK, Sir James (1788-1870)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0006
Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England
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Full title: CLARK, Sir James (1788-1870)
Date(s): 1807-1808
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Clark | Sir | James | 1788-1870 | 1st Baronet | physician
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir James Clarke (1788-1870) was from 1809-1815 a surgeon in the Navy. From 1819 to 1826 he lived mainly in Rome, Italy where he established a practice amongst the visiting aristocracy of Europe. In 1826 he returned to England where he settled in London and became an LRCP and FRS. In 1837 he was made First Physician to Queen Victoria and on her marriage, Physician also to Prince Albert. Clark is perhaps best known for his work on consumption and the effects of climate on health. During his time in Europe he visited most of its spa resorts. Further accounts of Clark's life can be found in Munk's Roll vol iii, DNB, and Obituaries of Fellows of the Royal Society.


Scope and content/abstract:

Case book of Sir James Clark, 1807-1808, kept whilst a student at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

1 volume

Conditions governing access:

Open to bona fide researchers by written appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

At the discretion of the Librarian.

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:

Given to Mr J Tweedy by Mr Wharton-Jones in 1882.

Immediate source of acquisition:

This volume formed part of the Tweedy Bequest

Allied Materials

Related material:

Journals (2) of royal tours, 1847-58, held by the Royal College of Physicians of London (Reference: MSS 30-31); correspondence with Sir Edwin Chadwick, 1840-1850 held by University College London (UCL) Manuscripts Room (Reference: CHADWICK); correspondence with Andrew Combe, 1841-1847, held by the National Archives of Scotland (Reference: GD297); correspondence with George Combe, 1838-1858 (Reference: MSS 7246-7395 Passim) and letters to Leonhard Schmitz rel to Prince of Wales, 1859 (Reference: Adv MS 20 55 12) held by the National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division; correspondence with Thomas Longmore and Sir James Gibson, 1863-1870 (Reference: RAMC 1139/ LP 41) and letters mainly to Thomas Hodgkin, 1824-1849 (Reference: WMS/PP/HO) held by the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine; letters to James Forbes, 1853-1859, held by St Andrews University Library; correspondence with Sidney Herbert, held by the Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office; correspondence with Florence Nightingale, 1857-1869 (Reference: Add MS 45772) and correspondence with Sir Robert Peel, 1843-1846 (Reference: Add MSS 40526-90 passim), held by the British Library, Manuscript Collections; letters to Queen Victoria and her children, 1839-1900, held privately (contact the National Register of Archives: Reference: NRA(S)1259).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: AIM25 website. Historical Manuscripts Commission On-line National Register of Archives; British Library Public On-line Catalogue. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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:
October 2002

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