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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 G/PP1/59
TOULMIN family papers [1772-1884]
1822-1883, 1947
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)

Toulmin, Joseph, 1772-1847, surgeon, Toulmin, Frederick Justus, 1798-1883, surgeon, Toulmin, Francis, 1803-1884, surgeon

Administrative / Biographical history

Joseph Toulmin, born 8 January, 1772. He entered Guy's Hospital London as dresser under Mr Cline, May 1791, Married first Catherine Van Effen, in 1797. Catherine died 11 Mar 1803. Married secondly in 1804, Maria Sampson (1784-1853). Joseph practised surgery in Hackney. He died, 15 Nov 1847. Frederick Justus Toulmin was the son of Joseph Toulmin and his first wife Catherin Van Effen, born 22 Dec 1798. Frederick was apprenticed to his father, and later educated at Guy's Hospital, London, obtaining MRCS 1825; LSA 1829; FRCS 1846. He practised at Upper Clapton and Thurloe Square. He married firstly Mary Anne Flower, 1827, who died in 1844. Married secondly Charlotte Elizabeth (Eliza) Lennox (1810-1869), in 1857. Frederick died on the 4 Feb 1883. Francis Toulmin was born 14 Feb 1803, the son of Joseph Toulmin and his first wife Catherin Van Effen. He was also educated at Guy's Hospital London, obtaining MRCS 1827, FRCS 1847, LSA 1829. He practised in Hackney, and was surgeon to the Invalid Asylum, Stoke Newington. He married c 1834 Ann Elizabeth Stockdale (b 1807). Francis died 13 Mar 1884.

Archival history

Donated to Guy's Hospital Medical School Library by Francis J Toulmin, grandson of Francis Toulmin, 31 March 1947.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from Guy's Hospital Medical School Library, 2002.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Frederick Toulmin, and J[oseph] Toulmin, including letters relating mostly to particular medical cases from C Aston Key, 1841, 17 Aug 1843, 6 Dec; Bransby B Cooper, 8 Aug 1844, 5 Dec 1846; W Laurence, 13 Nov 1846; J[ames] Pereira, 19 Jan 1847; Samuel Soley, 21 Dec [1860]; William Withey Gull, 6 Jul 1867, ND, 11 Aug 1884, 24 Apr 1865, 11 Apr 1865; K Letheby, 2 May [1882]; S[amuel] Wilks, 10 Oct 1883, concerning Dr Addison's letter; B Travers, Jul [1883]; E Smith and Daniel Arthur, 13 Mar; letter from J Addison, 20 Aug 1853, relating to the death of Bransby B Cooper. Also includes manuscript copies of an experimental remedy against epilepsy and other diseases by G Bisschop; Post mortem report on Henry Nalder, W T Nicholson and Frederick Toulmin, 31 May 1823; fragment of post mortem report of Mrs Henry Patteson, addressed to Mrs Frederick T[oulmin]; [prescription] signed by F J Toulmin and [William Gull], 28 Dec 1869; document titled 'Dr Brodie's suggestions on lateral curvature', ND, and letters from Sir Benjamin C Brodie, 26 Jan, relating to a testimonial for the applicant for the position of medical advisor to the Fire Insurance Office, and letters of 14 Feb 1843, 31 Aug 1843, 2 Jan 1845, 13 Mar [1857], relating to various medical cases; Testimonial for Frederick Toulmin, from C Aston Key, 27 Jan 1835; letter attributed to Sir Astley Cooper, 4 Jul 1822. Also letter from Francis J Toulmin, 31 Mar 1947 concerning donation of the material to Guy's.

System of arrangement

As outlined in Scope and Content.

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 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 Records Services.

Language/scripts of material


Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Many of these documents have been covered in clear adhesive plastic.

Finding aids

This collection level description.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Toulmin family history website Compiled by Alison Field.

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

June 2004

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  • Diseases
  • Documents
  • Epilepsy
  • Health occupations
  • Information sources
  • Medical procedures
  • Medical records
  • Medical sciences
  • Medicine
  • Occupations
  • Pathology
  • Postmortems

Personal names

  • Toulmin, Francis, 1803-1884, Surgeon
  • Toulmin, Frederick Justus, 1798-1883, Surgeon
  • Toulmin, Joseph, 1772-1847, Surgeon

Corporate names

  • Guy's Hospital
  • King's College London College Archives

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