Arthur Algernon Capell 6th Earl of Essex 1803 – 1892

Earl of EssexArthur Algernon Capell 6th Earl of Essex 1803 – 1892 was the grandson of Henry William Paget,

The Earl of Essex was a staunch Sponsor and advocate of homeopathy, as was his son and Heir Apparent, Arthur de Vere Capell Viscount Malden. Viscount Malden is used as the courtesy title by the Heir Apparent to the Earldom of Essex.

Capell was a patient of Samuel Hahnemann, and he was a patient of Frederick Hervey Foster Quin, and he was a Vice President of the London Homeopathic Hospital, and on the Committee of the British Homeopathic Association.

The homeopathic hospital in Smyrna, was also supported by: Arthur Algernon Capell 6th Earl of Essex, Lord Lovaine MP (Algernon George Percy 6th Duke of Northumberland), James Gambier 1st Baron Gambier, George Wyndham 1st Baron Leconfield, Colonel Taylor, Edmund Gardiner Fishbourne, Robert Grosvenor 1st Baron Ebury, Richard Whately Archbishop of Dublin, Henry Charles FitzRoy Somerset 8th Duke of Beaufort, Arthur Wellesley 1st Duke of Wellington, James Hamilton 1st Duke of Abercorn, and 18 other members of the House of Lords, 43 Peer’s sons, Baronets and Members of Parliament, 17 Generals, 33 Field Officers, 43 other Officers of the Army, 2 Admirals, 15 Captains of the navy, 65 Clergymen, 45 Justices of the Peace, Barristers and Solicitors, and 314 Bankers, Merchants and others.

In 1866, the Earl of Essex was on the Committee of the Association for the Trial of Preventative and Curative Treatment in the Cattle Plague by the Homeopathic Method, with William Pitt Amherst 2nd Earl Amherst, Henry Charles FitzRoy Somerset 8th Duke of Beaufort, Ralph Buchan, William Alleyne Cecil Lord Burghley 3rd Marquess of Exeter, George Thomas Keppel 6th Earl of Albemarle, William Coutts Keppel Viscount Bury 7th Earl of Albemarle (the Earl of Albemarle’s son), James Key Caird 1st Baronet (Vice Chairman), Colonel Challoner, George Grimston Craven 3rd Earl of Craven, Henry William Dashwood 5th Baronet, Patrick Dudgeon, Robert Grosvenor 1st Baron Ebury, Francis Richard Charteris 10th Earl of Wemyss Lord Elcho, Philip Howard Frere, Richard Grosvenor Earl Grosvenor 2nd Marquess of Westminster, Edward Kerrison, Henry Charles Keith Petty Fitzmaurice 5th Marquess of Lansdowne, Lord Llanover, Colonel Farnaby Lennard, George Loch, Archibald Keppel MacDonald, Arthur de Vere Capell Viscount Malden, John Winston Spencer Churchill 7th Duke of Marlborough (Chairman), Frederick Francis Maude, William Miles, James Moore, Charles Gordon Lennox 5th Duke of Richmond, Charles Marsham 3rd Earl of Romney, Sir Anthony Rothschild, John Villiers Shelley, John Robert Townshend 1st Earl Sydney, Lt. Colonel Charles Towneley, Augustus Henry Vernon, William Warren Vernon, Arthur Richard Wellesley 2nd Duke of Wellington (1807-1884), William Wells,

In 1866, the Treasury placed rooms at Adelphi Terrace at the disposal of John Winston Spencer Churchill 7th Duke of Marlborough, who was the Chairman of the Association for the Trial of Preventative and Curative Treatment in the Cattle Plague by the Homeopathic Method, based on the research done in Belgium by Edward Hamilton, with John Winston Spencer Churchill 7th Duke of Marlborough overseeing the work of Edward Hamilton, George Lennox Moore, James Moore and Alfred Crosby Pope.

William Coutts Keppel Viscount Bury 7th Earl of Albemarle issued an address or report for the Association for the Trial of Preventative and Curative Treatment in the Cattle Plague by the Homeopathic Method in 1866. Bury reported that the Dutch had experienced such success with homeopathy against that cattle plague, that they had authorised Edward Hamilton to visit Holland to investigate this.

Edward Hamilton discovered that the Dutch had treated 4798 cattle, 1031 were destroyed = 3767 were treated (with a mixture of allopathic and homeopathic treatments), the survival rate for the beasts treated was 45%, and the survival rate for the beasts treated only by homeopathy was 72-5%.

The Dutch Government had agreed to allow E Seutin, a homeopathic chemist, the total control of infected cattle in Matterness, and initially, E Seutin saved 70% of the cattle, though latterly, he had saved 9 out of every 10 beasts brought to him for treatment, and E Seutin’s use of homeoprophylaxic treatment of unifected beasts brought the epidemic under control entirely within four weeks. Matterness was pronounced free from infection and it has remained thus ever since. The remedies used were arsenicum, phosphorus, phos ac, rhus tox and sulphur.

In 1866, George Lennox Moore became involved with Association for the Trial of Preventative and Curative Treatment in the Cattle Plague by the Homeopathic Method, alongside Edward Hamilton and Alfred Crosby Pope, and overseen by John Winston Spencer Churchill 7th Duke of Marlborough.

George Lennox Moore wrote a detailed report on these trials, including a refutation of the falsities published in The Lancet regarding the homeopathic treatment of the cattle plague, attacking William Coutts Keppel Viscount Bury 7th Earl of Albemarle and accusing him of ‘being completely misinformed on this matter‘, and inventing a trail of misleading mistruths about the situation.

The orthodox statistics of this clinical trial revealed 8640 cases, 8% killed, 77% died and 15% recovered, though John Winston Spencer Churchill 7th Duke of Marlborough subsequently issued the interim homeopathic results claiming up to 50% recovery rates with arsenicum, belladonna, phosphorus, rhus tox and turpentine as the main homeopathic remedies used.

The Times wrote an article wishing the homeopaths success in these homeopathic trials, but they also made a pithy comment that the allopaths would probably rather see all the cattle die than have homeopathy proved successfull.

The final report on the homeopathic trials in the treatment of cattle plague was issued by John Winston Spencer Churchill 7th Duke of Marlborough. The orthodox statistics of this clinical trial revealed 8640 cases, 8% killed, 77% died and 15% recovered, though John Winston Spencer Churchill 7th Duke of Marlborough subsequently issued the interim homeopathic results claiming up to 50% recovery rates with arsenicum, belladonna, phosphorus, rhus tox and turpentine as the main homeopathic remedies used.

Of course, the ‘valuable and so far successful’ results of the homeopathic trials so far outstripped orthodox treatments, the homeopathic trials were immediately postponed by ‘orthodox sources’.

Arthur Algernon Capell, 6th Earl of Essex was born on 27 January 1803. He was the son of Hon. John Thomas Capel and Lady Caroline Paget.

He married, firstly, Lady Caroline Janetta Beauclerk, daughter of William Beauclerk, 8th Duke of St. Albans and Maria Janetta Nelthorpe, on 14 July 1825.

He married, secondly, Louisa Caroline Elizabeth Boyle, daughter of Charles Boyle, Viscount Dungarvan and Lady Catherine St. Lawrence, on 3 June 1863.

He married, thirdly, Louisa Elizabeth Heneage, daughter of Charles Fieschi Heneage, on 25 April 1881.

He died on 11 September 1892 at age 89.

Arthur Algernon Capell, 6th Earl of Essex was baptised with the name of Arthur Algernon Capel. He succeeded to the title of 6th Viscount Malden, co. Essex [E., 1661] on 23 April 1839. He succeeded to the title of 6th Earl of Essex [E., 1661] on 23 April 1839. He succeeded to the title of 7th Baron Capell of Hadham, co. Hereford [E., 1641] on 23 April 1839. On 23 July 1880 his name was legally changed to Arthur Algernon Capell by Royal Licence.

Children of Arthur Algernon Capell, 6th Earl of Essex and Lady Caroline Janetta Beauclerk

* Arthur de Vere Capell Viscount Malden+ b. 22 Jul 1826, d. 10 Mar 1879
* Lady Adela Caroline Harriett Capel+ b. 4 Mar 1828, d. 31 Dec 1860
* Hon. Reginald Algernon Capel b. 3 Oct 1830, d. 31 Jul 1906

Children of Arthur Algernon Capell, 6th Earl of Essex and Louisa Caroline Elizabeth Boyle

* Hon. Arthur Algernon Capell+ b. 27 Jul 1864, d. 18 Feb 1940
* Lady Beatrice Mary Capell+ b. 7 Dec 1870, d. 22 Jan 1954

Of interest:

Lady Essex, the wife of George Devereux de Vere Capell 7th Earl of Essex 1857 – 1916 was also an advocate of homeopathy, and a strict vegetarian,

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