Autograph letter to his sister.

  • (Murray Royal Asylum) Simmonds, J.C.
  • Perth: 1831


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Partial bifolium, 35 lines plus 4-line receipt, formerly folded to self-enclose and stamped for postage. The second leaf just over half-excised to remove the area (probably blank) after the end of the letter, affecting part of address on verso, some soiling and other chips and tears.


An early letter from the first lay superintendant of the James Murray Royal Asylum in Perth, which opened in 1828. J.C. Simmonds, who held the post for the first nine years after the establishment of the institution, writes to his sister, a Mrs Horsey, at Drummond Street in London, requesting that she make a bonnet for his wife and a hat for his son, enclosing measurements of their heads and suggesting they be sent to Hoares Wharf to catch a vessel bound for Dundee and Perth. He adds a receipt with the amount left blank (since filled in) for his sister to request payment from his uncle and discusses other family matters.

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