Children of Jacob and Hannah Watson

01.  Hannah Watson

1766-08-27 b. Allendale MM TNA: RG 6/1271
1841 ind., living alone in Villa Place, Westgate, Newcastle upon Tyne TNA: HO 107/824/10 f24 p41
1850-12-16 a member of the Society of Friends; d. Villa Place, Newcastle upon Tyne GRO index; Newcastle Journal, 1850-12-21

02. Jacob Watson

1769-09-01 b. Allendale, Northumberland Annual Monitor; The Friend; TNA: RG 6/1271
1806-06-05 lead core miner, of Tedham, Allendale, Northumberland; m. Mary Johnston (cal 1782 – 1858, daughter of Jacob and Elinora Johnston of Kingswood), at Allendale fmh TNA: RG 6/188, /355, /1155; Annual Monitor
Children: Eleanor (1807–1871), Joseph (1808–1891), Jacob Johnson (1810–1811), Jacob Johnson (1812–1868), Hannah (1814–1854), Thomas Carrick (1816–1872), Mary (1818–1885), Ann (1820 – after 1852), Margaret (1823–1901), Esther (1825–1867), Elizabeth (1827–1905) RG 6/384, /462, /465; GRO index; Annual Monitor
1808 innkeeper source misplaced
1810 lead ore miner, of Allendale Town Pathfoot RG 6/384
1814 spirit merchant, of Allendale Town
1826-11-04 member of the Allendale Association for Prosecuting Felons Newcastle Courant, 1827-03-24
1831 spirit merchant, of Allendale Town Newcastle Courant, 1831-12-03
1832 of Allendale-town; qualified to vote by his annuity out of freehold lands, Tedham, &c. poll book
1837-04-27 spirit merchant, of Allendale RG 6/355; Durham Chronicle, 1837-05-05

Jacob Watson kept a respectable public house, and his eldest son was manager of a brewery. William Wilson, his neighbour in the minister's gallery, was a keen temperance man and a personal teetotaller; and so in this meeting (as at Thirsk) Friends were divided on this question. Jacob Watson is reported to have said to William Wilson, "Thou makest my trade not respectable, I' ll not deal with thee at thy shop any more". 

Reminiscences of John William Hall
1839-01-23 one of the signatories to a notice to the Clerk of the Peace for Northumberland, saying that a petition will be presented to the next Quarter Sessions asking for Allendale Town to be designated as a polling place Newcastle Courant, 1839-03-29
1841 spirit merchant, living with his wife and daughter in Allendale Town, Allendale, Northumberland TNA: HO 107/837/32 f48 p16
1844-10-01 present at the Tyneside Agricultural Society's cattle show at Hexham Newcastle Courant, 1844-10-04
1844-10-12 attended the Annual Exhibition of the Alston District Agricultural Society, at Alston, and the dinner at the Golden Lion; his name was coupled with the Allendale Hunt, in a toast:

Mr. WATSON said—Mr Friend seemed to have been contriving all evening to get him upon his legs. He thanked them for the hearty manner in which they had drunk his health. They had a nice little hunt in Allendale, with good ground to hunt upon, and excellent hounds. He trusted their wishes would be realized, that they might have a good season.

Carlisle Journal, 1844-10-19
1845-09-20 of Allendale Town Durham County Advertiser, 1845-09-26
1847-02-13 Newcastle Guardian and Tyne Mercury
1848-07-03 of Allendale; d. Allendale Town Annual Monitor; The Friend; GRO index

At Allendale Town, on the 3d inst., aged 79, much respected, Mr Jacob Watson, wine and spirit merchant

Newcastle Courant, 1848-07-07

03. Joseph Watson

1769-09-01 b. Allendale MM TNA: RG 6/1271
1782/1784 of Allendale, Northumberland; attended Ackworth School Ackworth School Centenary Committee (1879) List of the Boys and Girls Admitted into Ackworth School 1779–1879. Ackworth
  died young source misplaced

Joshua Watson 04. Joshua Watson

Jane (Watson) Hewitson 05. Jane Watson

1775-04-27 b. Allendale, Northumberland TNA: RG 6/1271; censuses
1809-05-13 m. John Hewitson (1782–1855, cheesemonger of Newcastle and Leeds), at Allendale Annual Monitor; Edward H. Milligan (2007) Biographical Dictionary of British Quakers in Commerce and Industry 1775–1920. York: Sessions Book Trust; Hewitson
  disowned for marrying out John William Steel (1899) A Historical Sketch of the Society of Friends 'in Scorn called Quakers' in Newcastle & Gateshead 1653–1898. London & Newcastle, Headley Bros, p. 154
Children: Mary Ann (1811–1907), William Watson (1814–1863), Hannah (1817–1896) TNA: RG 6/384, /463censuses; Annual Monitor; Steel (1899)
c. 1812 reinstated to membership of the Society of Friends, after her husband became a Quaker Steel (1899), p. 137; Sean Creighton (2011), 'Anna and Henry Richardson. Newcastle Quaker anti-slavery, peace and animal rights journalism'; extended text of talk given to the Quaker History Group, Friends House, 2011-03-22
1815 removed to Newcastle; a careful helpmate to her husband, they were enabled to live comfortably and in contentment, occupying a house in Pandon Bank, near Sallyport Gate Steel (1899), p. 137

Jane Hewitson of Newcastle on Tyne, aged 52. Married, & has 3 children, the youngest about 9 years old.

The present is the second attack, the one previous, occurred about 3 years ago & lasted for about a month; the present has been of two months standing, & thought to be induced by Gastric Irritation. The interval of sanity has been complete, & it is not thought by her friends to be constitutional, though she has had a brother ^Anthony Watson under confinement in this establishment nothing peculiar in her previous habits, but frequent hypocondriasis existed— Moderate general depletion has been employed, with attention to the digestive organs.

She has not been previously confined; she labours under Dyspepsia, she has not had fits or palsy, nor shewn a disposition to injure herself or others——In a state of deep melancholy, supposing she heard the voices of her children crying to her from hell & from their murderers.

The Retreat Archive, RET/6/5/1/1A/366, Case Book
1827-10-18 letter from her husband:

Newcastle 10 mo 18th 1827

Respected F[r]iend,

                               I write the[e] again respecting my Dear Wife as I am afraid She is getting worse as the last letter but one gave me much sorrow be so kind as write me by return of Post and me know her state and what the Doctors opinion.

I am very anctious to know if they think her case dangers I should come and stop a few Days if they thought it right as she seams so very anncious to see me

                           I remain in Dear Love to the[e] and Family from they Friend

John Hewitson

P.S Thou will be so kind as hand the other part to my wife if thou think proper


The Retreat Archive, RET/1/5/1/31/10/9, Correspondence

The hypocondriasis is her still behaviour, almost as intense as when she was admitted. She has at times been more cheerful, but the gleams are very partial, very unfrequent, & always succeeded by exceeding despondence, her face manifests much mental inquietude & bears also the character of stomach affection. The general health is decidedly much deranged, & requires great care & attention to being it [illegible word]. She at present takes alternative purgatives ... Medicines to allay [mitation?] ... & is allowed, a mild nourishing diet..

The Retreat Archive, RET/6/5/1/2/10, Case Book

I am sorry to say her condition is the same as at the last post, the same fears, the same fancies prevailing — She obstinately refuses all medicine & it is with difficulty she can be got into the bath, as the weather gets finer & more suitable her exercise will be increased, the state of the weather for the last fortnight has been very much against the patients getting out.


Very much the same or if there is any change it is for the worse. Medicines she obstinately refuses, goes about the gallery weeping & complaining most of the day, her nights are unquiet ... the same absurd fancies about her children prevail ... on the whole her general health is a little improved but the mental powers do not hitherto participate


Much the same report is to be now given, still teasing herself & others with unfounded delusions, bodily health improved.


Jane Hewitson, if any thing rather worse, delusions & fancies are being active, mind very unquiet & distressed, takes little food, sleeps but little & cannot be prevailed upon to take medicine


Has been fed once by means of the tube, since then has taken food with more docility .. is very unquiet, mischievous & fanciful .. has the strait waistcoat on, & is to be kept in it seven days.


has refused her food frequently, & been obliged to be fed, is exceedingly unquiet, unsettled in mind & full of delusions .. Medicine seems to do but little good, some is required to keep the bowels open.


Continues much in the same state, very obstinate, irrational with great perverseness .. medicine she will not take, p. is low, weak, T. rather coated. B. slow


The same delusions operating upon her mind, grows thinner, more care worn, is very obstinate & disobedient, cannot persuade her to take medicine, nor indeed to do anything which might mitigate her hallucinations


The head was ordered to be shaved, cold applied the blister between the shoulders to be kept open ..


She was better for a few days, but soon relapsed into her old state & is now as bad as ever & labouring just under the old symptoms.


is tractable & takes her food properly, but labours under the [illegible word] delusions & discontent.


no difference observable


as usual


no difference – head just as hypocondriacal.


just the same.


as usual.


no improvement


Has manifested more improvement since last report, is more quiet, more rational, & seems to perceive the folly of her delusions, has seen her Husband, whom she received very well & expressed an anxiety to return home, which her husband promised shd be done in a short time, has been tranquil since his departure & has behaved herself well.

1829-06-15 letter from her husband:

Newcastle 6th Mo:15th 1829

Respected Friend

                          Since I received Caleb Williams letter I am at a loss how to proceed respecting my wife daughter Hannah leaving home for Ackworth School I was in hopes that my dear wife would be so far recovered as to come home this month and in finding all her Children at home it might be a consolation to her poor mind. The Bill of admission came last month But waiting in expectation of having my wife at home soon I did not think of sending her till her Mother  had been at home a few weeks. If thou thinks it likely that my wife may be at home next month I would keep my daughter at home or if I should come with any [illegible word] here in the course of ten days and take lodgings near the retreat for a short while perhaps it might do no harm as Hannah is very anxious to see her mother. Please to give me thy judgement by return of post if thou thinks right to let my wife see the other side thou may I remain with love to thee and family also remember me to Hannah Ponsonby From thy Friend

John Hewitson

The Retreat Archive, RET/1/5/1/33/7/4, Correspondence

Melancholy returned & now does not wish to quit the Retreat. Rather perverted ideas & delusions oppress her.

The Retreat Archive, RET/6/5/1/2/10, Case Book

her appetite is better & her spirits not quite so depressed a tartar emetic plaster to her neck ..


left the Retreat to go home, but no improvement made.


Left by desire of her Husband.—

A/c to John Hewitson

   Westgate Hill



The Retreat Archive, RET/6/5/1/1A/366, Case Book
c. 1835 removed to Leeds with family, to live with son Steel (1899), p. 137
1841 of Cumberland Row, Westgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, living with her family and a Joseph Hewitson TNA: HO 107/824/10 f6 p4
1851 of 3 Springfield Mount, Leeds, Yorkshire, living with her family and two house servants HO 107/2321 f548 p23
1861 of Woodlands, Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, living with her family and one servant RG 9/3353 f45 p11
1870-05-05 of Headingley; d. Leeds RD 1871 Annual Monitor; Steel (1899), p. 137; GRO index

06. Elizabeth Watson

1778-01-26 b. Allendale MM TNA: RG 6/1271
1805-08-22 m. Thomas Tessimond (1782–1853, tailor, of Kendal, son of John and Eleanor Tessimond) at Allendale, Northumberland RG 6/188, /1077; Annual Monitor
Children: Eleanor (1806–1809), Jacob (1808–1832), Hannah (1810–1849), John (1812–1812), William (1813–1844), Elizabeth (1817–1872), Esther (1821–1822), Esther (1823–1867) RG 6/1104, /1131, /1132, /1133, /1151; Annual Monitor; GRO index; TNA: HO 107/296/15 f34 p1
1841 living with her husband and four children in Ellison Street, Gateshead, Durham HO 107/296/15 f34 p1
1851 living with her husband and youngest daughter, with a lodger, at 114 Blenheim St, Westgate, Northumberland HO 107/2404 f410 p21
1857-04-07 of Newcastle-on-Tyne; d. Westgate Hill Terrace, Newcastle Annual Monitor; GRO index; Newcastle Journal, 1857-04-11
"On the 7th inst., in Westgate Hill Terrace, Newcastle, in her 80th year, Elizabeth, widow of the late Mr Thomas Tessimond, formerly of Kendal—much respected." Kendal Mercury, 1857-04-11; Westmorland Gazette, 1857-04-18

07. Ann Watson

1778-07-22 b. Allendale MM TNA: RG 6/1271
1814-04-20, Wednesday of Alston; mar. William Gray (1789–1865, grocer and confectioner, of Newcastle and Edinburgh), at Newcastle-upon-Tyne RG 6/527; Annual Monitor; Carlisle Journal, 1814-04-30; "England, Northumberland, Parish Registers, 1538–1950", database with images, FamilySearch: 22 August 2018, William Gray
1827-12-21 of Cumberland Row, Westgate, Newcastle; d. Carlisle MM RG 6/228, /778
1827-12-23 bur. Newcastle upon Tyne RG 6/228

08. Anthony Watson

1781-02-16 b. Huntwell, Allendale, Northumberland TNA: RG 6/304

Anthony Watson Newcastle upon Tyne aged 40 years a single man. The disease mania with frequent intervals of calmness of 4 or 5 weeks duration supposed to be been occasioned ^by much exposure to cold & stormy weather & the too frequent use of ardent spirits under these circumstances – an indiscreet attatchment to a female & subsequent disappointment &c – a tendency in the constitution to insanity. & is a brother to Jane Hewitson (No   .)

The Retreat Archive, RET/6/5/1/1A/249, Case Book
1821-05-25 letter from Joshua Watson to George Jepson:

Newcastle 5 mo 25th 1821

Respected Friend

                     with this thou will recieve a Box containing some cloathes for my Brother Anthony Watson which I am afraid will be much wanted befor they reach you but they living at a distance in the country and the carrier only coming once a week will excuse for their being sent sooner if thou think it prudent thou may give my very Dear Love to him as his Brothers & Sisters as well as other Relations and Friends have felt very deeply for him in his trie situation. if there is aney thing wanted I hope thoul be so kind as let me know which will oblige they very affectionate

Friend Joshua Watson

The Retreat Archive, RET/1/5/1/25/6/9, Correspondence

Discharged recovered.

The Retreat Archive, RET/6/5/1/1A/249, Case Book
1836-02-29 letter from Joseph Watson to Thomas Allis:


29/2 1836

Esteemed Friend,

                   My Uncle Anthony Watson who has already been twice under your care as a patient, has I regret to say been for some weeks much depressed and in such a state of mind as to induce his friends to think that it will be best for him to go again to York. He himself is of the same opinion & at present is desirous of again becoming an inmate of the Retreat for a short time. We hope that the change of air might be beneficial to him & that it will not be necessary for him to remain long. His friends wish me to write to thee on the subject & to inquire of thee if it will be convenient for you to take him at present, and also the earliest time for which you will can take him as a patient. The latter point is more for his satisfaction than for any other reason & thy reply which will be shewn to him, will oblige

Thy Friend                   

Joseph Watson


   Thomas Allis/.

The Retreat Archive, RET/1/5/1/40/2/23, Correspondence

formerly a draper, latter a shopman & commercial traveller, [four or five illegible words; this line and a half written between the first three lines]

Singe, aged 55, has been insane at intervals for the last 14 years. He has had at least 3 distinct attacks, at considerable intervals, but the intervals have not been complete. The disease is not supposed to be hereditary, but he has had a sister in the Retreat. There was no previous mental weakness, but is supposed to have lived intemperately about 15 years ago. He has been medicinally treated for a disordered stomach; but his general health is good. He has not been afflicted with fits or palsy, & has shewn no disposition to refuse food or to injure himself or others. He has been previously confined at the Retreat & at Bootham.

The Retreat Archive, RET/6/5/1/2/270, Case Book

Very hypochondriacal, but certainly a little improved in general health – very difficult to manage & anxious to be thought much worse than he is .. does not refuse food, but eats sparingly


Mr W. continues in the same hypocondriacal state .. always fancying himself sinking & incapable of moving .. bodily health not at all worse.


continues much in the same state.


Remains here in the same hypochondriacal & melancholy condition.

Is a tall, rather thin man, & when walking with the aid of a sick is half-double.    Head of moderate size, somewhat short & flattened over ^the back of the vertex. Hair of a light-brown, turning grey; bald from fore head to beyond the vertex. Whiskers & head only moderately developed. Face. long & thin & haggard-looking; features wanting in expression & with a melancholy tinge. Eyes moist, glistening ^& rather sunken; sclerotic coat of a death-like whiteness; irides of a light blueish grey. Nose of moderate size, its extremity ramified with red capillaries.

Pulse 84 regular; appetite moderate, he ruminates his food; bowels inclined to be costive; tongue broad very most rather creamy, intersected with fissures. Surface generally ^cold; & especially the lower limbs tender.

He is full of imaginary complaints & no reliance is to be place upon any statements which he makes respecting the most ordinary circumstances connected with his health.

Tells me that he has always had a weak constitution & a weak mind, says that his memory is weak, & when I endeavoured to shew him his mistake in this by mentioning an instance of good memory which he had exhibited, he got over it, by saying that the weakness of mind under which he ^has always suffered is further exhibited by want of clear judgement, discretion & resolution. States that he has had no enjoyment in his life for the last 28 years, when he sustained himself whilst working in the Lead mines. States that he is still suffering from the hernia, but none is to be ^distinctly detected. In his desponding ^& hypochondriacal way he has always some such answer, as the following to my enquiries as to his health: "I have no more power over myself than over the sun"; "I am miserable"; "I have nothing good about me"; "It would have been better that I had never been born."  At other times his [illegible word] answers are directed more to his bodily health, as "my hair & clothes are full of worms"; "every thing I eat & drink passes from me directly"; "my water dribbles from me & a worm in the passage, prevents its escaping" "I vomit all my food" (alluding to his habit of rumination) — all of which statements, excepting the last are, or appear to be, altogether false.

[illegible medical expression]

Is remarkably inactive, & would scarcely move unless obliged; with much difficulty he is lead out into the garden to walk, but if left to himself, will either lean on his stick or sit down more than half the time he is out.  He is perhaps a shade more cheerful than he was a month since.


Has continued in the same melancholy, dejected & hypochondriacal way, & at the same time ^he loses flesh & appears to be out of health, though in what way has not been ascertained. Various remedies have been tried. [sequence of prescribed remedies, with dates]


Continues in the same dispirited hypochondriacal; longs for death. Has continued to lose flesh, though not to emaciation. Upon placing him in bed & examining the abdomen, he shrinks most when the left part of the umbilical & iliac region are pressed, & here there is a little fullness, corresponding to the sigmoid flexure of the colon & the left [illegible word]: The tongue is very moist, at the sides & tips of a dull pale reddish ^creamy colour, with the centre presenting a patch of moist white fur. Evacuations pale ochrey colour, soft; urine, high-coloured, depositing red lithates; very acid, not albuminous; skin dry, & rather scurfy.

The Retreat Archive, RET/6/5/1/3/459, Case Book

remains much as before. After taking the oil &c, on both occasions very copious pale, porraceous, rather yeasty evacuations were produced.


Appears to be declining in health rapidly, face pale, lips & nose slightly livid; pulse very feeble. Says he shall not live long; continues to distort ^& exaggerate all his feelings & symptoms.


Three weeks since, becoming weaker, he took to his bed, & has since kept it. Appears to become weaker, without any obvious local disease. The face has occasionally a hectic flush on it, the tongue the same clammy whiteish, ^or creamy character; the urine very red, moderately acid & with a copious ^purpuraceous deposit of red amorphous lithates.   The bowels constipated, & the evacuations after aperients very large, copious hard & figured, & would seem to have been accumulated ^for long in the large bowels; has slight expectoration of yellowish mucus.


Very much reduced & exhausted look at the strength & flesh. Bowels remain constipated, except when he has taken aperients, & the evacuations latterly have been ^of a very [illegible word] pale clayey colour & consistence. Often enquires wishfully if there be "any hopes of his dying soon."

[There follows nearly a column (half-page) detailing prescriptions and dates from 1839-01-01 to 1839-05-24.]


Has gradually declined since the last report, & the emaciation is now extreme; sores have formed over the sacrum & [one or two illegible words]. His live has no doubt been prolonged by the assiduous administration of [medicament?], which he takes in considerable quantity, while objecting to it, & saying that it is quite improper for him. He exaggerates all his mental & bodily pains in the same hypochondriacal way. Says he is completely "miserable, that it would have been better for him if he had never been born, that he sees nothing but misery in the future." —Upon the great truths of religion being presented to him by some of his friends, he has replied that "it is too late for that now; that he had sinned out the day of his visitation before he was three years old." On several occasions has become quite [illegible word] & irritable.


Continued to become weaker & more emaciated; the sores on the hips & sacrum spread, & became irritable, & though he took much wine, he seemed not to be gradually & died this morning at 1 a.m. He had been slightly delirious at time for two days past.

It is to be noticed that he was never troubled either with cough or difficulty of breathing, only some time since with a slight expectoration.

Dissection 14 hours p.m.

The body extraordinarily emaciated, the abdomen presenting an extraordinary concavity its [pariates?] being in direct contact with the lumbar spine

Head. The calvaria ^appeard rather more expansion & the left side, adhered very firmly to the [illegible word] & was far from uniform in its thickness & on each side of the median line there were some deep depressions (where the bone was the thinnest) for the Pacchionian glands. There were no adhesions between the dura mater & the arachnoid covering the hemispheres. The united arachnoid & pia mater were thin & transparent & separated with a proper degree of readiness from the convolutions. There was rather more fluid below the cerebellar than was seen [illegible word or two] more in the ventricles & at the base of the brain,—altogether about 3 oz were collected. The convolutions were thought to be rather narrow; but the intergyral spaces were of their usual [depth?], & the grey [illegible word] were of a proper consistence; That of the posterior convolutions presented a distinct life of separation into two layers.

The consistence of ^the medullary part of the brain and cerebellum was decidely less than usual; its vascularity was likewise less,—the [illegible word] being small & few in number (the great vessels of the heart however had been previously [illegible word]). All the central parts of the brain as well as those [illegible word] have more [illegible word] excepting a few small [a few illegible words]. The [illegible word] body of the [illegible word] size &c, & containing very few & small granules of [illegible word]. The Pituitary body presented a distinct separation, with a superior grey & an inferior white portion; & were perhaps somewhat softened, particularly in the centre.

The right hemisphere of the brain weighed 19 oz

The left            do                                do     19¼ oz

The cerebellum & medulla oblongata   do       6

The total weight of the encephalon             44¼

Thorax. Both the pleura presented numerous ^organised adhesions, apparently of moderate age. Both the lungs were nearly throughout studded with & consolidated by tubercules, which presented severalxxxx small excavations especially towards their apices. The inferior [borders?] of both lungs were the parts most free from disease, but even these were gorged & somewhat.

The pericardm contd about 3 oz serum.   The heart was rather small, weighed 7¼ oz. closed. The mitral valve was very slightly thickened not its [illegible word or two] & the aortic valves were somewhat thickened in the [scaliform?] fashion. The heart except in these minute particulars was Especially healthy. Its cavities contained some semi-fluid black blood with a few fibrinous concretions.

The physical body was of moderate size, of a [[a few illegible words] reddish colour.

Abdomen. The small intestines & stomach occupied a small space in the epigastric & left hypochondc regions, & these portions of the [illegible word] canal in common with the  large intestine were remarkably thin & transparent, to atrophy; so that on laying open this cavity the appearance was similar to that in the abdomen of a female from which a large ovarian cyst has been recovered. There was a little ramification [illegible word or two] vascularity by [illegible word] from the ramification s of the gastric arteries on the ^[a few illegible words] greater curvature of the stomach. In the duodenum & small intestine the solitary glands were thought to be rather more apparent than usual.

The liver presented a moderate degree of the hepatic-venous congestion or thickness. The gall-bladder was filled with [illegible word] & dark bile.

The spleen was of moderate size congested [illegible word] & otherwise healthy. The pancreas was healthy.

The super-renal capsules were healthy in appearance. The Kidnies were of full size. The fibrous [illegible word] adhered so closely as scarcely to be separated. The cortical [illegible word] was more abundt than in health & had lost its fibrous texture, diffusing in between the tubular portions which were small. On the whole these ^organs might be said to be slightly affected by granular degeneration.—The urine which was again exd a few days before death, was acid, dark – co-located [illegible word] with the red litholes & some [illegible word or two] – but presented no appreciable trace of albumen when tested by heat & by nitric acid, when the latter was added it turned [to?] a dark lilac hue & became transparent.

The bladder was healthy & contained a few oz of urine.

The prostate & seminal vesicles were healthy, the foramen of full size.


Observe in this case the tubercular disease of the lungs which was so completely latent as to be quite unsuspected during life. The experience of this as well as of Case 538 sufficiently establish the necessity, were not that already done, for the sedulous employment of auscultation & percussion in all serious maladies of the insane.

of Newcastle-on-Tyne; d. at York; "one of the Society of Friends, for many years an assistant with Bragg & Co., linen drapers, of this town, deservedly respected". 1840 Annual Monitor; Newcastle Journal, 1839-06-08

Newcastle 7 Month 14 – 1839

Respected friend

                          I shall feel obliged to thee if thou can furnish me with a copy of the letter which John Hewitson wrote to thee applying for the admittance of my brother Anthony into the Retreat, at the time when it was full, in the Spring of the year 1836.

I am with love

Thy friend                

Joshua Watson        


        Thomas Allis

Answered but declined compliance from having always made it a rule not to furnish copies of letters recd except with the knowledge & approbation of the writer.


The Retreat Archive, RET/1/5/1/43/7/15, Correspondence
1839-11 of Newcastle upon Tyne; will proved in the Prerogative Court of York; under £300 Prerogative & Exchequer Courts Of York Probate Index

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