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Letter from surgeon and hypnotist James Braid to Revd G. Hornby regarding Hornby and others visiting one of Braid's hynosis sessions.

Inscription

3 St Peters Square
Manchester 11 Jany
1847

My dear Sir

I write to say I shall have much pleasure in arranging to offer your friends an opportunity of witnessing some hypnotic phenomena next week, precisely at 1 o c on Friday. Two of the patients are so engaged that they cannot attend at any other hour; and my engagements are such that I could not arrange for an earlier day.

I had the pleasure of exhibiting some experiments to your relative the Honble Commodore Byng & family
[overleaf, left] last week as you may have heard. He told me he was going on a visit to another relation at Hopwood Hall, which name has recalled to my mind an important inquiry which I am anxious to make, regarding a patient, a female, who, some 14 15 or 16 years ago, was sent to Manchester Infirmary, by the late Mrs Hopwood, in a state of stupor. In fact it was a case of natural catalypsy, and the patient lay in the hospital, under the care of the late Dr Mitchell, and was seen by all the officers of our Institution,

[right] in a state of complete insensibility to the most severe inflictions, which were applied by way of tests. She lay in this state, with not the slightest appearance of life beyond a slight soil on a mirror by her bereath, and without swallowing any for for 12 or 14 days, at the end of which period she woke from her trance, and shortly after left the hospital & went home. Could you gather any intelligence of her from anyone in that neighbourhood; as it is in many respects one of the most interesting cases which has occurred, so far as known. They have no books at the Infirmary recording it, but I have had the [indec] facts [back page] from the late Dr Mitchell, whom I attended professionally at his death), who saw her repeatedly; but you are aware I like to have the greatest possible record of each and every fact I record, and shall be much obliged if you can pick up any information on this point for me. Please take accurate notes of any facts you may obtain.

With best regards to [indec] yourself & family.

Believe me
My dear Sir
sincerely your's [sic]
James Braid

Rev. G. Hornby

PS. Should [indec] & any of this family, or any other friend of your's [sic] wish to be of the party your invitation will be sufficient to insure them my hearty welcome.

JB

[envelope] Revd G. Hornby
Rectory House
Bury

[envelope postmark] MANCHESTER
13
1847

[mount] Dr Braid M.D.

Notes

Alan Cole
James Braid (1795-1860) was a Scottish surgeon.
See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Braid_(surgeon)

Language

English

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Collection

Science

Series

Death

Hypnosis

Illness

Medicine

Autographs

Object Type

Letter

Category

Letter

Materials

paper

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w: 256, h: 205, d: -