Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)MS220/A/1/5
TitleCorrespondence 1850-1859
Extent42 items
DescriptionAll correspondence during this period is addressed to Sands Cox. Although some letters discuss the medical health of individual patients, the vast majority reflect the day-to-day business of Queen's College and Queen's Hospital. There are a number of letters written from Dr Samuel Warneford, the Rector of Bourton on the Water, who provided substantial financial support during this period. Warneford contributed some £27,000 to the various schemes to establish and consolidate the Queen's Hospital during the 1840s and 1850s. He helped to impose a religious ideology which later created many problems as the charter of 1847 had enacted that all staff of the college must be members of the Church of England. During the 1850s, probably stimulated by the success of Sands Cox, the staff of the General Hospital realized their students were at a disadvantage compared to those at Queen's College who were able to obtain the whole of their training under one authority. In 1851 Sydenham College was established in association with the General Hospital. Sydenham was free from the restrictions of precise Anglican doctrine which Warneford had helped to create at Queen's College.

Some letters written during 1855-1856 refer to obtaining royal permission to display full-length portraits, from Buckingham Palace, of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The prince honoured the exhibition with a visit in 1855. Some letters such as the one written from Windsor Castle on 20 January 1855 acknowledge receipt of reports of the College. The remainder largely refer to donations to the College and apologies for non-attendance at meetings.
ArrangementArranged in chronological order.
Access StatusOpen