Honorary Diploma. London May 17th 1817. Anniversary of Doctor Jenner's Birth-day.Under the Presidency of Field Marshal His Grace the Duke of Wellington... At the General Court of the Royal Jennerian Society, The Director Doctor Walker in the Chair, The Governors by an Unanimous Vote did themselve the High Gratification to elect [The Right Hon. Lord Binning M.P.] An Honourary Member of their Great Royal Establishment.
Engraved diploma certificate with ink mss. fill. 380 x 320mm, 15 x 12Ĺ". Some spotting and time staining.
Engraved certificate of honoury membership of the Royal Jennerian Society, which was founded by Edward Jenner (1749-1823) to promote smallpox vaccination for the poor and the elimination of the disease through inoculation. It shows a statue of Jenner, carrying the slain python of disease, standing on a pedestal bearing a bas-relief of a milkmaid and cow (a reference to to Jennerís discovery that matter taken from cowpox lesions on the hands of milkmaids, and provided protection from smallpox), before a triumphal arch bearing bearing the Royal Arms, through which is a view of London. In the foreground are engraved scrolls bearing the names of the members (including the Dukes of Wellington, Somerset & Beaufort) and patrons (George III, the Prince Regent and Princess Caroline) of the Society. The newly-inducted member was Thomas Hamilton (1780-1858), 9th Earl of Haddington, who was Lord Binning from 1794 to 1828. He was created a Privy Counsellor in 1814, and was offered but refused the post of Governor General of India in 1841, instead becoming First Lord of the Admiralty. In January 1846 he became Lord Privy Seal, a job that lasted only until July, when Peel's govenment fell.
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