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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0100 TH/CLR1
ST THOMAS'S HOSPITAL: Correspondence relating to cholera
1831, 1835
Level of description
Sub-fonds of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School records
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume containing 8 letters


Name of creator(s)

St Thomas's Hospital

Administrative / Biographical history

Cholera was endemic in London during the nineteenth century, and epidemics were a regular feature of life. The first outbreak of Asiatic cholera in Britain was at Sunderland on the Durham coast during the Autumn of 1831. From there the disease made its way northward into Scotland and southward toward London, claiming 52,000 lives.

Archival history

The letters were found in about 1946 after tidying up blitz damage to St Thomas's Hospital.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from St Thomas's Hospital Medical School Library in 2002.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Correspondence between physicians of St Thomas's Hospital and the City of London Board of Health, [Court of Common Council], Guildhall, 1831, concerning the hospital's potential accommodation for patients in the event of an outbreak of cholera in London, with replies to the Secretary of St Thomas's from the physicians Henry Shuckburgh Roots, Robert Williams, Henry Burton and John Elliotson expressing their opinions on how patients should be managed. Also contains letter from Robert Williams concerning cases of 'ring worm', 1835; and printed copies of article 'The Cholera scare of 1831' from St Thomas's Hospital Gazette, Vol 44 No 3, June 1946

System of arrangement

The letters are arranged chronologically.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive and Corporate Record Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Detailed catalogue

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Catalogue of the Printed Books and Manuscripts in the Library of St Thomas's Hospital Medical School (1491-1900) D T Bird (London, 1984); Old Ref. Codes M15, 20, 50, 117, 147, 151
The Victorian Web: 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.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

May 2002. Revised Jun 2004

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  • Cholera
  • Diseases
  • Health services
  • Health services
  • Hospitals
  • Human and social sciences
  • Pathology
  • Patients
  • Social welfare

Personal names

  • Burton, Henry, 1799-1849, Physician
  • Elliotson, John, 1791-1868, Physician
  • Roots, Henry Shuckburgh, 1785-1861, Physician
  • Williams, Robert, c 1787-1845, Physician

Corporate names

  • City of London Board of Health
  • St Thomas' Hospital, London


  • Southwark, London, England, UK, Western Europe

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