Letter from Andrew Lowden to the Secretary of State, May 1856 protesting about the compulsory vaccination bill. (Catalogue ref: MH 13/250/188 f430.)
To Sir George Grey Secretary of State for the Home Department
I humbly beg to protest against the passing of the Bill on Compulsory Vaccination, which I look upon as a gross infringement on the Medical liberty of the Subject.
I further beg to represent to you, that many professional persons and others are of opinion that Vaccination not only does not prevent small-pox, but it is productive of worse and more dangerous diseases, such being the case, I hope you will present this my protest to the House of Commons,
I am Sir,
Your obedient servant,
Barrhead by Glasgow
May 5th / 56« Return to Victorian Health Reform
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