FAVELL, Charles Fox (c1806-1846), physician. ALS to J.P.Garlick 1831

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FAVELL, Charles Fox (c1806-1846), physician. Autograph letter signed to J.P.Garlick, 2 sides of a 4to bifolium, the address panel to J.P.Garlick, 21 Park Row, Leeds, with Sheffield frank and red wax seal, Sheffield, 30th October, 1831, regarding a letter sent three months previously, questioning whether he had ever received it, in which he had reported ‘that Mr Roy and I had been so successful as to obtain 20 additional subscribers to the Medical Charitable Society’ and wanting to know what should be done with the money received. He adds ‘I suppose that by this time you have got into regular operation at your Medical School – I wish you great success & I rejoice to tell you (may I beg for your encouragement?) that we have commenced with better prospects of success this year than we ever have done before’. Slight stain caused by the seal through the paper.

Several generations of the Favell family of Sheffield entered the medical profession. Charles Fox Favell’s father John Favell was surgeon of the Sheffield General Infirmary, and Charles became Physician to the Infirmary and ‘Lecturer in Chemistry at the Medical Institute’. Charles’ brother William Favell (d.1871) was a medical practitioner in Sheffied, and Charles’ son William Fisher Favell (1832-1896) was consulting surgeon to the Sheffield General Infirmary. Charles (who died prematurely) became secretary to the new Sheffield Medical Institution in 1829, later in 1845 became President of the Provincial Medical Association. He published a number of medical works on subjects including the importance of dissection in medicine; cholera; and “Grinders' Asthma”.

His correspondent was Dr Joseph Prince Garlick, apothecary and surgeon at Leeds General Infirmary, and one of the six founding members of the Leeds School of Medicine which opened in October 1831 (referred to in the letter).