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British Lying-in Hospital,
Brownlow Street.

This hospital was instituted in 1749. The qualification of an annual governor is a subscription of five guineas or upwards per annum; and of a perpetual governor, a single payment of forty guineas, each of whom may present two women in a year. The committee of this hospital have preserved an account of those who have died, from which it appears, that in the first ten years of the institution, one woman died in 42; in the fifth ten years, one in 288; in the sixth and last ten years, one in 216; and from the 26th of September 1806, to the 25th of March 1808, not one woman died out of 501. In the first ten years one child died in 15 ; in the fifth ten year, one died in 77; and in the last nine years and a quarter, one died in 92. The proportion of boys to girls born is 18 to 17; of still born, of about one to 25; of women bearing twins, one to 84; the whole number being 342.

If similar tables were preserved by institutiones of like kind, they would furnish useful data in calculations relating to population and political economy.

Source: Leigh's New Picture of London. Printed for Samuel Leigh, 18, Strand;
by W. Clowes, Northumberland Court. 1819