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Dr. Bonner letters

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0185

Scope and Contents note

Thermo-fax copy of letter dated 19 October 1958 to James H. Newman, executive vice-president University of Alabama, containing summary of Dr. Bonner's trip to England, during which he tried unsuccessfully to find the gravesite of British surgeon Sir James Paget (1814-99), in order to place a wreath containing, among other things, a Confederate flag, on it. His search took him to Westminister Abbey and St. Paul's, but to no avail, probably because Paget was interred in Finchley cemetery. As for why Bonner felt compelled to identify Paget with the Confederacy--during the short existence of which Paget was a surgeon at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London--the only clue is that the wreath was also to contain "a card of thanks from my father for the privilege of reading his text-book on Physiology, while waiting in a Richmond, Virginia boarding house for General Lee to make preparations for his trip to Gettysburg." Bonner's letter is accompanied by a brief note dated 21 October 1958 from Newman, to W.S. Hoole, Director of Libraries at Alabama, to whom he forwarded Bonner's missive.

Dates

  • 1958

Creator

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Biographical/Historical note

Dr. Bonner is referred to in the covering letter by J. H. Newman as "our friend in New Orleans."

Extent

0.01 Linear Feet (2 items)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Thermo-fax copy of letter dated 19 October 1958 by Dr. Bonner to Professor James H. Newman, executive vice-president University of Alabama, summarizing Bonner's trip to England, also a brief letter dated 21 October by Newman to W.S. Hoole, to whom he forwarded Bonner's letter.

Provenance

Sent to W.S. Hoole by J.H. Newman, Executive Vice President of the University of Alabama, 21 October 1958.

General

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Title
Guide to the Dr. Bonner letters
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
May 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

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