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City of London Lying-in Hospital

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Engraving of the City of London Lying-in Hospital

This hospital was instituted in 1750. The subscription of thirty guineas constitutes a governor for life. Those who subscribe five guineas, or three guineas, per annum, are governors as long as they continue their subscription. Each governor for life has the privilege of relieving eight patients in the year, and of having two of them on the books at a time. Subscribers of five guineas may relieve five patients, and those who subscribe three guineas may relieve two patients. A double subscription acquires a double privilege. This hospital, which in 1809 had subsisted fifty-nine years, had relieved in that time 24,902 poor married women, of whom 25,196 children have been born. During the year ending Lady-day, 1809, their number was 413; the male children born were 227, and the females 186. Out of the whole number, 292 women have been delivered of twins, and two women had three children at the birth.

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