item RET/8/8/2 - Handbill issued during a dispute between Manchester doctors, March 1815

Identity area

Reference code



Handbill issued during a dispute between Manchester doctors, March 1815


  • 1815 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

1 document

Context area

Name of creator

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Content and structure area

Scope and content

This handbill reprints copies of letters to the editor of The Manchester Mercury written by Drs Edward Carbutt and Henry Hardie. The handbill was issued by Carbutt to refute the charges that he has been denigrating Hardie's abilities with a voter in the election for Manchester Infirmary physician

This is a good example of how the open elections to the honorary posts of physician or surgeon to a hospital were subject to ruthless competition and canvassing for votes by candidates

The Manchester Infirmary election of 1815 was for a physician to replace Dr John Ferriar, who had died. Hardie was the successful candidate polling 311 votes to Carbutt's 131; he served as physician until 1826. Carbutt was again unsuccessful at his second attempt in April 1817, but he succeeded at the next election of July 1817, serving until his death in 1836

The handbill has 'Dr Carbutt' written on the back. It is not clear why it is in The Retreat archive, but it may have been sent there by Carbut, who was a Quaker, originally from Leeds


System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

A digitised copy of this reference is available via the Wellcome Collection and can be accessed here:

Related units of description

See also item relating to Manchester Lunatic Asylum at RET 8/2/4/1 and item relating to the Manchester House of Recovery at RET 8/8/1

Related descriptions

Notes area

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion




Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related genres