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AUTOGRAPH LETTER concerning a demostration of Hypnotism SIGNED "DUNDONALD" by THOMAS COCHRANE, 10TH EARL OF DUNDONALD, addressed to DR. JOHN ELLIOTSON, who is recognized for his role in promoting Mesmerism and Phrenology and for the introduction of the stethoscope to the UK. TOGETHER with a RARE 1809 PORTRAIT OF LORD COCHRANE.
Hanover Lodge, May 2, 1842. - Hanover Lodge, May 2, 1842., 1842. Very good. - Approximately 100 words penned on both sides of a 7-1/2 inch high by 4-1/2 inch wide sheet of creamy white paper. In his letter penned from his home, Hanover Lodge in London, Lord Cochrane writes Dr. John Elliotson to thank him for permitting his "attendance at your mansion, during a series of most interesting experiments, on the susceptibility of the human frame to certain influences produced on the mind.". Lord Cochrane is likely referring to experiments in mesmerism which Dr. Elliotson conducted at his home. He goes on to mention that "a young friend" has sent him "a couple of pamphlets, which he has presumed to write on the spleen and the thyroid body." He asks Elliotson to accept a copy "As I understand that his observations confirm the wonderful phenomena which you exhibited." Signed "Dundonald". Folded for mailing with minor creasing. The letter may have once been tipped into an album as there is a short thin sliver of paper adhering to the lower inner edge of the verso. Very good. Together with a rich oval engraved portrait of "Lord Cochrane" on 9-1/4 inch high by 5-3/4 inch wide heavy stock by "R. Cooper" [quite probably Richard Cooper, the younger]. "Given extra in the Supplement to the 1st Vol. of Ackermann's Repository of Arts" is printed along the bottom of the sheet. This portrait of young Lord Cochrane was published in June 1809 The British naval flag officer Admiral Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, Marquess of Maranhao (1775-1860) was successful in nearly all of his naval actions during the Napoleonic Wars, leading Napoleon himself to nickname him "The Sea Wolf". Following a controversial conviction for fraud, Lord Cochrane led the rebel navies of Chile and Brazil in their wars of independence and contributed to Peruvian independence. He was pardoned and returned to the Royal Navy with the rank of Rear Admiral of the Blue and subsequently Admiral of the Red and Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom. His exploits inspired 19th and 20th century naval fiction, including the works of C.S. Forester as Horatio Hornblower and Patrick O'Brian as Jack Aubrey. He was indeed the real-life Master and Commander. John Elliotson, M.D. (1791-1868) was at the leading edge of his profession. A professor of the principles and practice of medicine at University College London and senior physician at University College Hospital, he was one of the first to use a stethoscope in the U.K. and to make use of acupuncture. His interest in what were then new fields led him to become co-editor with William Collins Engledue, M.D. of the influential journal "The Zoist: A Journal of Cerebral Physiology & Mesmerism, and Their Applications to Human Welfare". [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Blue Mountain Books & Manuscripts, Ltd.]
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