THOMS, William John. 4995



Autograph Letter Signed, to the Lord Bishop of Chester, thanking him “for calling my attention to the case of Mary Henderson reputed to be 103”. 1 page 7 x 4½ inches, in fair condition, light creasing only. 2 Augusta Place, Weymouth, 20 August 1867. Thoms, William John (1803-1885), antiquary. In 1849 Thoms established the periodical: Notes and Queries: a Medium of Inter-Communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc., priced at 3d. with a stamped edition for four pence. His iconoclastic treatise entitled Human Longevity, its Facts and its Fictions (1873) raised a storm of protest by its contention that the authentic cases in which human life had been prolonged to a hundred years and upwards were extremely rare. [ODNB]