James Thomson 1813 – 1867

homeopathyJames Thomson (?1813- ?1867) MD was a British orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy,

James Thomson was on the Management Committee of the English Homeopathic Association alongside William Henry Ashurst, John Burnett, Edward Cronin, Paul Francois Curie, A O Deacon, Robert S Dick, George Napoleon Epps, John Epps, Robert Frith, Joseph Glover, Robert Grosvenor, George Hayes, Thomas H Johnstone, Henry KelsallJohn Miller, William MacOubrey, Henry P Osman, Charles Thomas Pearce, William Perkins, George K Prince, James Stansfeld, Peter Stuart, Allan Templeton, William Warne, James Wilson,

A Dr. Thomson was also a friend of James John Garth Wilkinson, but I have not yet identified which Dr. Thomson this could be (see ‘of interest section below*) On 19th July 1863, Garth Wilkinson wrote to his wife Emma from Grieves’ Royal British Hotel in Edinburgh  ‘…  In Glasgow I shall hope to call on Dr. Thomson… (Swedenborg Archive K124 [a] Letter dated 19.7.1863 from Garth Wilkinson to Emma Marsh Wilkinson)…‘    

The English Homeopathic Association petitioned Parliament in defense of Charles Thomas Pearce, about the outrage of such false accusations, especially as there was no redress in law for the damage done to the defendant. The petition was seconded by John Epps, in the company of William Henry Ashurst, John Burnett, Edward Cronin, Paul Francois Curie, A O Deacon, Robert S Dick, George Napoleon Epps, Robert Frith, Joseph Glover, Robert Grosvenor, George Hayes, Thomas H Johnstone, Henry KelsallJohn Miller, Henry P Osman,, William MacOubrey, Charles Thomas Pearce, William Perkins, George K Prince, James Stansfeld, Peter Stuart, Allan Templeton, J Thomson, William Warne, and James Wilson.

Of interest:

Arthur Thomson 1910? -1980 practiced homeopathy in Hull from 1934 until his retirement in 1969. He offered classical Kentian therapeutics in partnership with his wife Dr Margaret Templeton,

Dear reader, please be aware that there is a complex minefield of Thomson confusion here! Swedenborg Archive Address Book of James John Garth Wilkinson dated 1895. See also Swedenborg Archive A183r Address Book of James John Garth Wilkinson ‘Where is it’ dated 1.10.1892. See also Swedenborg Archives K125 [15] Letters from Garth Wilkinson to John Thomson. See also Swedenborg Archives K125 [16] Letters from John Thomson to Garth Wilkinson. See also Swedenborg Archives N150 [T2-T48] Letters to John Thomson from Garth Wilkinson. See also Swedenborg Archive K125 [44] letter dated ?Christmas 1892 from Garth Wilkinson to John Marten.  See also Swedenborg Archive K125 [42] Letter dated 31.7.1894 from Robert Matheson to Garth Wilkinson. See also Swedenborg Archive Address Book of James John Garth Wilkinson ‘Where is it’ dated 1.10.1892. See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Thomson_(B.V.) See also James Thomson, The Speedy Extinction of Evil and Misery, (University of California Press, 1 Jan 1967). Page 9. John Thomson (?-?) (Glasgow publisher Pleaknowe), listed in the ‘Where is it?’ address book at 39 John Street Glasgow (address crossed out), and at 107 North Street (address crossed out), with a note ‘… publisher…’ was a Scottish ‘… bookseller of Glasgow…’ a publisher and Swedenborgian, who also wrote poetry. John Thomson (?-?) (Glasgow publisher Pleaknowe) circulated extraordinary circulars of his book lists, citing the address Pleaknowe, Chyston, Condorrat, which also served to air his views on Scottish history and many other, often political, subjects. Garth Wilkinson sent him many books on religious subjects that had no sale in England, and John Thomson (?-?) (Glasgow publisher Pleaknowe) regularly sent Garth Wilkinson his catalogues and many books. Garth Wilkinson never actually met John Thomson (?-?) (Glasgow publisher Pleaknowe). Garth Wilkinson wrote to Robert Matheson ‘… [I] Am so glad you correspond with that dear friend of mine whom I have never seen, John Thomson. He breathes spiritual fresh air, and communicates it to those who sympathise with him…’ Confusingly, the aforementioned (Swedenborg Archive K124 [a] 19.7.1863) above, Dr. Thomson (?-?) MD Glasgow, may have been Dr. James Thomson (1813-1867) MD England, an orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy to become a member of the Management Committee of the English Homeopathic Association? Or, more likely, was this Dr. John Thomson (?-?) MD Glasgow 1828, another orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy, and late surgeon to the 1st Royal Lanarkshire Militia, who practiced at 300 Bath Street, Glasgow in 1863-4? It is entirely possible Garth Wilkinson knew both of these doctors from his time at the Hahnemann Hospital at 39 Bloomsbury Square. NB: Robert Matheson did not know John Thomson (?-?) (Glasgow publisher Pleaknowe), but he did know his cousins John Thomson (?-?) (Edinburgh Bookseller) and James Thomson (?-?) (Edinburgh Bookseller). Garth Wilkinson never referred to Dr. James Thomson (1813-1867) MD England or Dr. John Thomson (?-?) MD Glasgow in his voluminous correspondence (1890s) with John Thomson (?-?) (Glasgow Publisher Pleaknowe). Garth Wilkinson never implied  that he knew John Thomson (?-?) (Edinburgh Bookseller) or James Thomson (?-?) (Edinburgh Bookseller), but then he never specified who Dr. Thomson (?-?) MD Glasgow was in 1863 either! Fascinating! NNB: James BV Thomson (1834-1882), who would comment favourably upon Garth Wilkinson’s poetry in 1896, was a London based poet (and not related to any of the Thomsons named above as far as I know) ‘… wrote under the pseudonym Bysshe Vanolis, was a Scottish Victorian era poet famous primarily for the long poem The City of Dreadful Night (1874), an expression of bleak pessimism in a dehumanized, uncaring urban environment…’ Also listed in the ‘Where is it?’ address book is a Mrs. W H Thomson (?-?) at Tyndale Clyde Road Addiscombe Surrey, and at Hillsborough Ryde Isle of Wight and St. James Lodge Ryde Isle of Wight, with a note ‘… now till Sept. 7…’ and ‘… June 3 1897…’ though it is not possible to determine if she was related or connected to the other Thomsons in any way. Another James Thomson (?-?) (no identifier) remains hidden in the past, a radical political debater, literary critic, reviewer, journalist and early champion of Garth Wilkinson, who ‘… lacked the advantages of intimacy of a literary circle or even a university background. He was at one with his age… ‘ though I can find nothing else about him, unfortunately!

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