BLIZARD, Sir William. 8549



Autograph Letter Signed ‘Wm Blizard’, to Dr. Marcot, discussing the placing of some boys in a Charity School or Workhouse, with mention of the Marine Society and its meetings. 1 page 10 x 8 inches, integral address leaf. 17 January 1809. Sir William Blizard (1744-1835), surgeon. As a young man Blizard involved himself in radical politics and became a supporter of John Wilkes. He founded the Samaritan Society in 1791, he knew Jonas Hanway, having worked with him in the Marine Society, and had interests in prison reform, and in ensuring the respectful treatment of dead bodies. Among Blizard’s writings were Suggestions for the Improvement of Hospitals and other Charitable Institutions (1796) and papers in the London Medical Journal, between 1789 and 1790.