Catalogue description Folio 1: Sick book. Convict ship Layton between the 12th of June 1839 and 14th of...

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Folio 1: Sick book. Convict ship Layton between the 12th of June 1839 and 14th of December 1839. Isaac Noott, Surgeon. Cover page.

Folios 2-4: Sick book of the Layton, 12 June 1839 to 14 December 1839.

Folio 5: David Wibborn, aged 22, Convict; disease or hurt, pthysis. Put on sick list, 28 June 1839, at Woolwich. Discharged to the York convict hospital hulk, 3 July 1839. Received on 26 June from the Ganymede hulk, on enquiry it was found that he had spent about 7 months on the hulk and was twice in the hospital and most of the rest of the time on the sick list. He had been told by the superintendent to conceal his illness when examined before embarking and was also anxious to go on the voyage.

Folio 6: William Miles, aged 39, Convict; disease or hurt, dysenteria. Put on sick list, 28 June 1839, at Woolwich. Discharged to the York convict hospital hulk, 3 July 1839. Received from the Ganymede hulk on 26 June where he had frequently suffered similar complaints and had twice been in hospital.

Folio 6: Job Smith, aged 35, Convict; disease or hurt, dysuria. Put on sick list, 29 June 1839, at sea. Discharged to the York convict hospital hulk, 3 July 1839. He was accused of getting out of his bed in the night and it was found he suffered incontinence, had a large scrotal hernia and was 'a perfect idiot'.

Folios 6-9: Samuel Denny, aged 31, Convict; disease or hurt, dysenteria. Put on sick list, 25 July 1839, at Plymouth. Died, 4 December 1839. Received at Portsmouth on 3 July and said he had been on the hulk for 15 months and spent 1 month in hospital. He had been subject to purging with pain in the right side for 2 or 3 years with occasional bloody dejections.

Folio 9: George Mole, aged 23, Seaman; disease or hurt, fractura clavicula. Put on sick list, 26 July 1839, at sea. Discharged, 26 August 1839. Received a severe blow on the left clavicle from the [jib pendant] block which produced severe bruising but no obvious displacement.

Folio 9: John [McGuair], aged 34, Convict; disease or hurt, synochus. Put on sick list, 31 July 1839, at sea. Discharged, 12 August 1839.

Folio 10: William Taylor, aged 30, Convict; disease or hurt, dysenteria. Put on sick list, 4 August 1839, at sea. Discharged, 10 August 1839. Received at Woolwich on 26 June, he had been on the hulk 12 weeks and ill nearly the whole time, though not in hospital. He had had scarcely any food since embarking but did not complain because he thought his symptoms were worse because of sea sickness.

Folio 11: John Bentley, aged 24, Convict; disease or hurt, pthysis incipiens. Put on sick list, 13 August 1839, at Tenerife. Discharged, 17 September 1839. Received from the Ganymede hulk on 26 June, he had been subject to pulmonic attacks for the last 11 years with occasional hemoptysis. He suffered a severe attack on the hulk in July 1838 and was in hospital until February 1839 when he was discharged for the purpose of being transported but suffered a relapse and was readmitted to hospital. He was discharged from hospital again on 27 April for transportation but was rejected by the surgeon on 4 May and sent to work in the dockyard, where he got somewhat better. After his discharge from the sick list in September he remained well until the middle of November when he was treated and cured again. He was landed in better health than when he embarked.

Folio 12: Thomas [Osmond], aged 17, Convict; disease or hurt, colica. Put on sick list, 20 August 1839, at sea. Discharged, 22 September 1839.

Folio 13: Mr Simon Cuddy, aged 30, Master; disease or hurt, phrenitis. Put on sick list, 24 August 1839, at sea. Discharged, 20 August 1839. Collapsed on the quarter deck in a state of insensibility after having been exposed to the [sea] a couple of hours earlier. The surgeon found him 'in an epileptic state' which did not last long.

Folios 13-16: Patrick McDonald, aged 28, Convict; disease or hurt, dyspepsia. Put on sick list, 1 September 1839, at sea. Discharged to hospital at Hobart Town, 9 December 1839. He had caught a severe cold 14 months previously while serving with his regiment in Canada and had previously damaged his health 'by drinking ardent spirits to great excess'.

Folio 16: John [Pledger], aged 42, Convict; disease or hurt, diarrhoea. Put on sick list, 10 September 1839, at sea. Died, 17 September 1839. He had been considered a stout and healthy man before being sent to the Leviathan Hulk but when there he caught a severe cold, spent 14 days in hospital, and subsequently suffered purging and wasted away. He had been previously on the sick list and appeared well when put off the list but said he had been constantly purging since coming on board.

Folio 17: Jardine Jeffrey, aged 18, Seaman; disease or hurt, colica. Put on sick list, 14 September 1839, at sea. Discharged, 1 October 1839. He had complained of acute pain in his testicles on 12 September and was intoxicated on the following morning.

Folio 18: James King, aged 20, Convict; disease or hurt, icterus. Put on sick list, 16 September 1839, at sea. Discharged, 1 October 1839.

Folio 18: Richard Jordan, aged 20, Convict; disease or hurt, synochus. Put on sick list, 16 September 1839, at sea. Discharged, 27 September 1839.

Folio 19: Robert Eyers, aged 17, Convict; disease or hurt, diarrhoea. Put on sick list, 18 September 1839, at sea. Discharged, 1 October 1839. He had been slightly purged for about a fortnight with occasional pain about his umbilicus and impaired appetite.

Folios 19-20: Humphrey or Richard Dorwell, aged 64, Convict; disease or hurt, anasarca. Put on sick list, 13 October 1839, at sea. Discharged on shore, 14 December 1839. Had enjoyed good health until losing his appetite four days previously, complained of oppressed breathing with swelling of the legs and thirst. He was of a leucophlegmatic temperament.

Folio 20: Henry Jones, aged 35, Convict; disease or hurt, phlogosis. Put on sick list, 23 October 1839, at sea. Discharged, 14 December 1839. Extensive inflammation about the 'verge of the arms' on his right side.

Date: 1839
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

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