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The following is the text of a letter written to the Hon. Lewis Bowerbank in March, 1876, by a group of distinguished citizens of the Kingston area.  An image of their signatures is included below the letter.


To the Hon. Lewis Q. Bowerbank, MD FRCP

Dear Sir

A number of your friends whose names accompany this address, are desirous of taking advantage of your contemplated though temporary absence, to express on the eve of your departure, the respect in which you are universally regarded in your private, professional and public character.  While, however, in common with all the inhabitants of this island, we appreciate the Excellency of that character in these different departments, we refer at present chiefly to the latter one.  Throughout Jamaica and more especially in Kingston the vigour of your administration, when Custos is a tradition and model.  The present efficiency of the Public Hospital is the result of your searching investigations and revelations of abuses.  Your efforts which were mainly instrumental in the establishment of the Lunatic Asylum, together with your zeal in all matters of a sanitary nature are very gratefully remembered and are, and still will be, conspicuous evidence that on the exertions, there was on your part, a rare combination and exhibition of courage, skill and humanity.  Living men will not forget these acts of yours and the memory of these acts we wish to perpetuate with this objective view, we have resolved, after frequent and careful deliberation, to erect in this City a statue to your memory as the most effective, because the most permanent means of sharing to your each coming generation the estimation in which you were holding your own.

Wishing Mrs Bowerbank and yourself a pleasant voyage and speedy restoration to health.

We remain on behalf of the subscribers

Your sincere friends

J Radcliffe - Chairman
Rev. C. Melville
Oscar Marescaux
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George Solomon
H. F. Colthirst
Louis Verley
Arnold L. Malabre
C. A. Robinson
Jasper Cargill M.D.
David J. Alberga
George Henderson

Kingston, Jamaica March 1876

Lewis Bowerbank - President of Royal College of Physicians.

John Radcliffe was a Scots Presbyterian Minister in Jamaica 1853-1885

George Henderson - British Army Officer - Captain with 44th Regiment His Majesty's 5th West India Regiment

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