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Promise of payment from James Pitcairn

Printed undertaking to pay the sum of thirteen pounds thirteen shillings to the ""Master, Governors, and Commonalty of the Art and Science of Surgeons of London"" in case of practicing surgery within the cities of London and Westminster or within seven miles of the City of London. Signed by Pitcairn and witnessed by Skey Balfour. The signatory may be Sir James Pitcairn (1776-1859), Inspector-General of Hospitals for Ireland.

Clergyman consoling a widow

Consists of a watercolour sketch of a clergyman consoling a widow. Caption reads: Clergyman - "My Dear Mrs Smith - I wish most sincerely to console with you on the loss of your husband- he was…" Mrs S. - "Ah: but there's one thing - I know where he spends his evenings now!"

Man arriving at hotel

Consists of a watercolour sketch of a man arriving at a hotel. Caption reads: 'Arrivals' - Scene (fashionable hotel)..Waiter - "What can I get you Sir?" Seedy stranger - "Oh! Nothing - I just wish to arrive."

School teacher surrounded by children

Consists of a watercolour sketch of a school teacher surrounded by children. Caption reads: Sunday School teacher - "What is that invisible power that prevents the wicked man from sleeping, and causes him to toss uneasily upon his pillow?" Small boy (at front of class) - "Fleas!"

Mother reading to daughter

Consists of a watercolour sketch of a mother reading and talking to her daughter. Caption reads: Mother - Dolly my dear. I do wish you'd play something else than Wagner - I'm sick of it." Dolly - "I'm not playing, Ma." Mother - "Who is it then, Darling?" Dolly - Nurse and baby at the piano!"

Beaten woman testifying to magistrate

Consists of a watercolour sketch of a beaten woman testifying in front of a magistrate. Caption reads: Wife (witness to magistrate) - "Oh Sir! I loves my poor 'usband yet, though he strike me wi' the poker. - Ah! Wen I looks back - in our younger days - he only used his fists Eh! Them was 'appy days!"

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