Source: New Picture of London, Printed for Samuel Leigh, 18, Strand; by W. Clowes, Northumberland Court. 1819
The public charities, hospitals, and various institutions, many of them combining INSTRUCTION with protection and correction, in and about London are very numerous; and even many of those which we shall seize the opportunity of noticing here, are of so mixed a character, in order to extend benefits to almost all possible cases of want, as to defy distinct and separate classification.
These institutions are of vast extent and importance. They afford relief to the sick and diseased poor, and at the same time constitute important schools for education of persons in the art of medicine and surgery. During the winter seasons, as will be hereafter more particularly detailed, there are regular courses of lectures delivered at each of the great hospitals, to hundreds of youth who come to London "to walk" or study at these institutions.
There are sundry other benevolent institutions, which promote the objects comprehended in the preceding establishments; but as they are of so extensive a character, extending relief to the apparently drowned, starving, or vicious; and to those who are liable to be exposed to such miseries, they cannot well be confined within any definite classification. Some notice of them, however, is absolutely necessary.
Source: Leigh's New Picture of London. Printed for Samuel Leigh, 18, Strand;
by W. Clowes, Northumberland Court. 1819