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BELL, Sir Charles (1774--1842)
Sir, after declaring to the president of your body, that I am a candidate for the vacant professorship of anatomy in the Royal Academy, I feel happy in the occasion of paying my respects to you. ...
[London]: printed by B. McMillan, Bow Street, Covent Garden, [1808].
[4] p. ; 25.3 cm. (4°)

Folded half-sheet, final verso blank. Printed letter soliciting votes to support an application for the vacant position as Professor of Anatomy at the Royal Academy from Charles Bell. The letter, signed in MS., is undated, but can be dated on internal evidence to 1808, the year of the death of the previous incumbent of the professorship, John Sheldon, on which occasion Bell had offered to deliver anatomy lectures previously delivered at the request of the students of the Academy 'gratuitously, that his Family might retain the benefit of the Salary'; the offer was refused as giving Bell an unfair advantage in the ensuing election. Includes on p. [3] a 'Plan Of Mr. Charles Bell's Lectures on the Anatomy of Expression in Painting, as delivered on the Occasion alluded to'. Bell, who later became the first Professor of Anatomy and Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons, was unsuccessful in his candidacy and the position was filled by Sir Anthony Carlisle until 1824, when Bell made a second unsuccessful application (q.v.).

Copy Notes Previously folded and addressed as a letter in ink on final blank page to S. Woodford Esq, later crossed out and addressed in pencil John Soane Esqr.

Binding Folded paper.

Reference Number 6060


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