# 43900

THORNE, May (1861-1951)

[WOMEN IN MEDICINE] May Thorne, F.R.C.S. : autograph note signed, re. an appointment for an Australian visitor to meet with her and Isobel Thorne to discuss the New Hospital for Women. London, 9 July 1902.

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Manuscript in ink, 2 pp., on octavo sheet of notepaper with the letterhead of May and Isobel Thorne’s 10 Nottingham Place practice; dated 9 July 1902, the letter is addressed to ‘Dear Mrs Murphy’ (i.e. Australian woman Jane Emma Murphy – see provenance below); light foxing, trimmed at top edge; otherwise very well preserved.

An unpublished and unique document relating to the work of two British pioneering medical women, mother and daughter Isobel (1834-1910) and May Thorne (1861-1951). When this letter was written, May Thorne was working as a surgeon at the revolutionary institution established in 1872 by Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the New Hospital for Women (now known as the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Obstetric Hospital); Isobel Thorne had also been one its prominent early staff members.

Dear Mrs Murphy,

My Mother & I will be very glad to see you tomorrow (Thursday) about 4.30 p.m. & to tell you all we can about the Hospital managed by women doctors. I hope you will be able to come & see the Hospital I am connected with before you leave London … With kind regards, Yours Sincerely, May Thorne‘.

Provenance: Autograph album compiled by Jane Emma Murphy (Balcombe) (1854-1924), “The Briars,” Mornington, Victoria (Australia); à Beckett family, Melbourne (by descent). Jane Murphy was a notable philanthropist with many charitable interests in her hometown of Melbourne, where she was a long-serving member of the committee of management of Queen Victoria Hospital, as well as the Children’s Hospital committee.