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Although a stranger to you, I am RIOT AT ABERDEEN. not unacquainted with the efforts you DESTRUCTION OF THE THEATRE OF have made to put an end to the vile
ANATOMY. practice of disinterring the dead for sale to dissectors, and I send you the above,
(From the Aberdeen Journal.) not doubling but that you will immedi This city was the scene of an extraately perceive that anatomy may now ordinary commotion on Monday afterbe taught without dissection at all, and noon, in consequence of a discovery of that the dissecting of bodies is at an end dead bodies having taken place in the in France, to which, no doubt, the fear above establishment, and the subsequent of inviting the cholera by the stench vengeance of the mob. emanating from dead bodies has mate The following are the particulars :rially contributed ; and if we are to be Many of our readers are aware, that, preserved from the cholera, it must be in order to give the students of mediby removing filth of every description. cine greater facilities for pursuing their
“ There appears to be a paih now studie:, several individuals se: on foot presenting itself, by which the detesta- a subscription for the purpose of buildble crimes of burking and violating the ing an analomical theatre, where surgiremains of the dead may be no longer cal lectures might be delivered, and practised. The remains of murderers dissections carried on by students should as usual be given for dissection, individually; several gentlemen also but the bodies of none others; and took shares in the concern; in shor!, transportation for those who stcal or a building was erected in St. Andrew'sreceive dead bodies. A law should also street, and Mr. Moir, surgeon, opened be passed to compel the teaching of it a few weeks ago, and was to lecture anatomy by the artificial subject as in in it during the winter season. Since France.
it was opened, and ever since the "I hope the islea of giving up the first stone was laid, the public (we. bodies of the unclaimed dead will be mean the lower classes), and those peo-' immediately rabandoned, as it increases ple who resided in the neighbourhood, the exasperation which is constantly looked upon it with no merciful eye, souring the minds of the working and as it was considered that it would be middle classes. and rendering it unsafe a continual receptacle for dead bodies, to dwell in the land. It reminds them and this feeling was heightened by the of the words of Southey the poet :
dark frowning front of the building, in
which were only three false church"6" Wretched is the infant's lot,
looking windows, all the light being Born within the straw-roof'd cut; Be he generous, wise, or brave,
taken from the back and from the He must only be a slave!
cupola on the roof. The people in the Long, long labour, little rest,
neighbourhood had been suspecting Still to toil, to be oppressed;
that this back ground contained some Drain'd by taxes of his store, Punished nert for being poor.
corrupt substance, as the stench felt This is the poor wretch's lot,
on crossing it, which they often Born witbiu the straw-roof'd cot.' did to the bleach-greens, &c. was
most intolerable. About two o'clock. “Yes, the pecple make their remarks, on Monday a few boys who were • When we have lost our all, and have playing close by, ebserved a dog 'out-lived our friends and relations, iearing up some substance from the ' our bodies are to be given up for dis- loose earth: they gave the a'arm, and, section !'
in a few moments, some twenty or I remain, with much respect, “ Yours respectfully,
thirty people were on the spot, when
two lads finished what the dog had “ H. Payne, M. D. begun, ani dug up a portion and frag;
ments of a human body, and the crowd Nolting ham, Lec, 10, 1831.”
ihen raised a shout of horror, and made
for the door of the theatre. Two lads, i to undermine, the whole of the back wall one apparently a baker and the other a fell down with a tremendous crash. The countryman, entered, where they found blaze of the fire was now extraordinary, Mr. Moir himself in the place, assaulted from the quantity of supplementary fuel him, turned him out, and he escaped ; put on. The crowd, however, did not and this was well, as, had he been al- appear to rest satisfied until the place lowed to remain until the discovery of was razed. Accordingly, they carried the bodies had been made, the conse their planks to the street, and set to quences to him might have been fatal. work with the front wall. At this time Part
, however, followed him to his own the Lord l'rovost and Magistrates, and a house and into a room, but Mr. Moir great number of special constables, arleased from a window, and escaped by rived, and his Lordship proceeded with George-street. The crowd, which had great firmness through the crowd, whom now iscreased to perhaps a hundred, he addressed several times, and stated rushed in to the place, where they found that if the feelings of the public had three dead bodies lying on boards, been hurt in this case, every inquiry Clusks, instruments, and all the para- would be made, and every satisfaction phernalia of the place, instantly disap- atorded. He repeated, that every inpeared, part being destroyed, and part quiry would be made into the transaccarried off. Information having been tions of the day. His Lordship, sent to the Town-house, the officers wherever he made his appearance, was soon arrived at the place, which they loudly cheered. In the mean time, a entered, and directed the bodies to be party of the 79th regiment had been
This was done, and, when marched out of the barracks, but it was the mangled corpses were brought out to deemed advisable to bring them no farthe open air, and laid down on the thes than School-hill, from which they ground, the loud yells of the crowd, entered into the garden of Gordon's and their cries for revenge, buffle de- Hospital, where they were stationed scription. A few fragments of clothing until the end of the drama. About four being thrown on the bodies, they were o'clock a fire-engine was brought: but carried away to Drums Aisle, and a it seemed as if the crowd would not shocking spectacle it was, as the limbs allow it to be worked-in fact, no water and arms hung, in some cases, over the could be had. We stated, that before sides, and one of the bodies showed his Lordship arrived, the mob were bethat the half of the skull had been re- ginning to undermine the front wall. It ilored. “ Burn the house !-down was very strong, and gave them much
with the burking-shop!” was now the trouble.' In about an hour, however, it • cry, and, there being a fire in the place, also fell, leaving only the two gables
the inmates tore down the plaster-lath, and the roof standing, which formed a and made every attempt to raise a fire, grand burning arch. Attacks were now which they had, from the want of ma- made on the gables, and after a great teria's, very great difficulty in accom- deal of exertion the two walls and the plishing. Shavings, fir, and tar-barrel roof fell together, amid the loud and states, were, however, quickly obtained, continued cheers of not less than 20,000 and great quantities of wood were individuals. About eight o'clock the brought and thrown in after the fire had work of destruction was completed. fairly taken effect. Cries of " Come We may say, literally, that not one stone out, come out, the house is falling!”was left upon another. The crowd then were now raised, and on going to the began to retire, although large portions back ground, we found that the crowd of them still kept together; and one dihad commenced undermining the back vision having observed a student of
wall with large planks, one of which medicine, as they were moving away, -. they ued a sever, and the other as they immediately pursued him, hooting
a battering-ram; and so quickly did and vociferating' obnoxious terms. The they do their work, that, within five gentleman ran, and finding the mob minutes after they had commenced gaining on him, he took refuge in a
house in School-hill, which in a moment Bodies used for dissection in the anatomical was surrounded, and threatened to be scbouls have necessarily been procured by demolished, unless the object of their ground, and the disturbance of graves, in s
illegal means, by the invasion of consecrated vengeance was turned out. Crowds way disgusting to society at large, and espe. poured in from all quarters; but it being cially offensive to the friends and relatives of understood that the student had escaped
the deceased. by a back-window, they began to dis- fore had a tendency to encourage both teachers
The regulatioos of the Council have there perse. Part of them, however, fell in and students to a direct violation of the law, with another student, whom they chased and to establish, in the procurers of dead into the Guestrow; but it appeared that bodies, a set of men living by practices which he had doubled a corner and eluded their are revolting to the feelings of society, exposed
to the batred and contempt of those arouod pursuit. They made a stand, however, them, and likely, by the joint operation of before a house in Guestrow, where these causes, to become trained and gradually bodies had formerly been discovered, babituated to the commission of still greater
crimes. and threatened its safety; but eventually
The Council felt that they could only do dispersed, and by ten o'clock the town what was, on the wbole, for the best, in the was perfectly quiet.
dilemma in which they were placed. The
circumstances wbich have just been enumeRead the following most impudent rated did not escape their attention, aud bare
continually excited their most deep regret ; document.
but, on the other hand, they were called upon Copy of a Letter from the Council of the to regard the obligations of their Charter
. ROYAL COLLEGE of Surgeons to Viscount They were aware that the want of properlyMelbourne, his Majesty's Principal Secretary educated surgeons would prove a serious evil of State for the Home Department, &c.
to the public. However much they night be
ioclined to encourage the use of preserved Royal College of Surgeons in London, Dec. 10. My Lord,-The undersigned, Members of ing anatomy, they were convinced that these
parts and models as subsidiary means of teachthe Council of the Royal College of Surgeous in are of themselves quite inadequate to afford London, have the honour of addressing your that minute, complete, and accurate kuowLordship on a subject of painful interest to ledge which is necessary in sorgical practice, the whole community, but especially to the and which the student only acquires hy dismembers of the medical profession.
section. The Royal College of Surgeons are em The Council further submit that they bave powered by their charter to examine certain laboured under much embarrasment from the individuals as to their knowledge of surgery, inconsistencies and contradictions of the law and they are especially required to institute itself, which at the same time that it declares such examination respecting those who are the student to be guilty of a misdemeauour if candidates for the situation of surgeon in the he attempt to obtain anatomical knowledge, army or navy.
renders bim also, when afterwards eugaged in It is not possible that any one should be practice, liable tú a civil action on account of properly qualified to practise in this depart- any mistake which his ignorance of anatomy meat of the healing art who has not obtained may lead him to commit. a due knowledge of human anatomy, and ex But whatever may have been the extent of plored with his own hand the structure of the the difficulties which have beretofore ob dead body: proofs of their having done so structed the Council in the executiou of their have therefore been always required of candi-duty, they may well be regarded as insignifidates who have presented themselves for ex- cant when compared with those which they amination.
bave to encounter at the present moment, The Council believed that they could not The large prices which have of late been properly perform their duty to their Suve given for anatomical subjects have operated as reign, from whom the College received its a premium for murder. If the Council of the charter, nor to the public, for whose bevefit College continue to require that those who it was granted, without insisting on the study present themselves for examination shall bave of anatomy by dissection, as the most im- studied practical anatomy, who can ventur portant part of surgical education,
to say that crimes similar to those which bave They have, however, been aware that some just now filled the public with dismay will be serious objections might be urged to the be again committed ? More criminals will course which they thus ventured to take. undoubtedly arise; new victims will be added
lo the present state of the common law, as it to the list; and the medical profession will be is construed by the law authorities, the indi- necessarily degraded from the bigh situatius vidual who dissects a human body or even which it ought w hold as having in its rele has it in his possession for
any other purpose tions to society po object but that of conferring than that of burial, is guilty of a misde benefit on others. meanour, unless it be the body of a malefactor The Council have no expectation while the banged for murder.
llaw remains as it is at present, and surgical
students continue to cultivate the science of From the LONDON GAZETTE,
FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 1832.
INSOLVENTS. of the teachers may effect much, but not all BAINES, D., St Martin's-lane, victualler. that is requisite.
CHANDLER, S., East Baruet, Hertfordshire, It is vain to imagine it always possible to dis victualler. tinguish the body of a person who has been GILLOTT, E., Blackband,Macclesfield, grocer. murdered from that of one who has died a NUTLEY, L., Great Newport-st., Long-acre, natural deuth.
bout and sboe-maker. The very individuals who have lately suf- WATTS, J., Soho-square, draper. fered on the scaffold would probably have escaped detectiou if they had been more cir BANKRUPTCY ENLARGED. camspect and wary in their conduct; nor can all the precautions with which it is' desirable RAMSAY, J., Devonshire-street, Commercialthe study of anatomy shonld be conducted be
Toad, master-mariner. adopted under the existing laws.
BANKRUPTCY SUPERSEDED. In the other countries of Europe, anatomy is taught only under a liceuse, and in certain HUMPHREY, and H. Brown, Tewkesbury, places appointed by the Government; and an carriers. exact register is preserved of all the bodies
BANKRUPTS. consigued for dissection. But it is a contradiction to suppose that any such license can be BRETHERTON, D., Liverpool, spirit-mer. granted, or such register preserved in this BRIGGS, W., Drypool, Kingston-upon-Hull, country, where the study of anatomy is barely grocer. toleruted, and where not only the procurers of BAYLEY, J., Stockport, Cheshire, cottondead bodies, but the anatomical teachers and spinger. students are alike engaged in illegal pursuits. HARDSON, W., ship Orelia, master- mariner.
Io offering this representation to his Ma- JERMYN, R., Balduck, Hertfordshire, shopjesty's Government, the Council are not with
keeper. out hopes that some plan may be devised by JOB, R., Norton-falgate, jeweller. the legislature, calculated to remove the JONES, S., and W. Nichols, Dorchester and serious evil of which they now complain. At Blandford, linen-drapers. the same time, they beg leave to declare on LEECH, J., Ludgate-bill, licensed-victualler. their owo part, and on that of all the other LITTLEWOOD, G., and 'T. Green, Green Armembers of their profession who are now in bour-court, Old Bailey, printers. practice, with the exception of the very few LLOYD, J., Fore-street and Cannon-street, who devote themselves to the laborious and stationer. often upprofitable task of teaching anatomy, MORRIS, S., and W. Harrison, Tottephamthat the question is one in which they have no court-road, linen-drapers. direct or personal interest. Whether anatomy be taught legally or illegally, or not at all, SCOTCH SEQUESTRATION. does not concern the existing race of practitioners in medicine or surgery, who have HUNTER, J., Ely, Fifeshire, corn-merchant, completed the period of their education; but it deeply concerns the public: and it is under a strong sense of the evils which society may Tuesday, JANUARY 10, 1832. ultimately experience, and from a desire conscientiously to perform their duties, that the BANKRUPTCY SUPERSEDED, Council of the College bave ventured to make JONES, J., Tottenham-court-road, lodgingthis demand on your Lordship's patience and
house-keeper. attention, at a moment which, on an occasion of less importance, they should have deemed
BAYLIS, H., Johoson's.court, printer, (Signed) ROB. KEATE, President.
BIRD, J, S., and J. Taylor, Bath, cabinetJ. P. VINCENT,
CASEY, F., Manchester, merchant.
G. J. GUTHRIE; } Vice-Presidents.
SHERWOOD,J.W., Newgate-st., cheesemono
Waterford..88s. to 9ls.
Dublin ....885. to -S.
Gloucester, Double..58s. to 63s.
46s, to 50s.
44s. to 48s. Hams, Irish..... ....66s. to 80s.
This day's supply of beasts and sheep was 9.-Our supplies since this day se'nnight of jew of the primest calves went off, with some
good; of fat calves and porkers, limited. A English wheat, barlev, oats, and malt; Scotch degree of briskuess, at an advauce of from 2d. flvur, English and Scotch peas and beans, as well as English and Foreigu seeds, but limited; to 4d, per stone : but otherwise the trade was of Irish, Scotch, and Foreign wheat and barley; very
dull: with beef and pork at barely Friday's Foreign beans and peas, English malt, and currency; with mutton and inferior veal at a English and Irish four, moderately good. No depression of Cull 2d. per stone. Foreign flour or oats, or rye from any quarter; calves, 85; pigs, 140.
Beasts, 2,385 ; sheep and lambs, 19,570; This day's market was tolerably well attended by London, but rather thinly by country buyers, particularly those of the latter residing more than 8 or 10 miles from Town. The sellers were, for some time after the commence
MARK-LANE.-Friday, Jan. 13. ment of the market, stiff to advanced prices,
The arrivals this week are moderate, and the especially on fine wheat and fine malting prices quite as high as on Monday. karley, for a few small parcels of the latter of which they were said to have obtained an advance of from Is. to 2s. per quarter, but as the
THE FUNDS, millers appeared to be disspirited by the dul
Sat. Mon. Toes. Wed Thar ness of their trade, arising from the heavy 3 per Cent. stock of imported four ou hand, each kind of Cons.
813 813 corn, with the above exceptio:), as also pulse, malt, and flour, meet with a very sluggish sale, at little if any variation, from last Monday's
CHEAP CLOTHING!! quotation. The seed traile, though a little renovated,
SWAIN AND CO., Tailors, &c., was still dull. With clover seed at a some
93, Fleet-STREET, what advanced, with most other sevds at a (Near the new opening to St. Bride's Church,) some what declining currency. Wheat
51s. to 63s.
the following list of prices for cash Rye..
34s. to 38s.
only) which they charge for :Barley
24s. to 30s.
Gentlemeu's Dress Coats of Mediey l. s. d. fine..
2 12 0 -S. to -3. Peas, White
..... 34s, to 385. Ditto, ditto, Best Saxony Cloth.... 3 0 0 Builers
180 36s. to 40s.
Saxony Kerseymere Trousers..
33s. to 375.
ditto Waistcoats.. Beans, Old.....
35s. to 405,
36s. to 42s.
Venetian Leather Shooting Jackets.. 1 100 Oats, Potatoe
24s. to 28s.
23s. to 26s.
A Plain Suit of Livery..
18s. to 23 s.
Ladies' Habits and Pelisses, and every deFlour, per sack
55s, to 60s.
scription of Clothing for young gentlemens
equaliy cheap. The whole made from good, PROVISIONS.
of the finest quality, and the cut and WORK.
MANSHIP not to be surpassed. Bacon, Middles, new, 40s. to 46s. per cwt. I recommend Messrs. Swain and Co.
Sides, new... 50s, to 54s. Pork, ludia, new
as very good and punctual tradesmen, ..1255.0d. to 127s. Pork, Mess, new ...
68s. Od. to s. per barl. whom I have long employed with great Butter, Belfast ....94s. to -S. per cwt.
Printeit by William Colbott, Johnson's.court: and
Dubi shed by him, at 1.Bok.court, Fleet-strert.