Punch,  30 (1856), 69.

Born Physicians to the State





Medical Practitioners, Class, Expertise, Patronage, Government

    Considers that the life peerage betowed on James Parke (Baron Wensleydale) will be considered by existing peers to be an attack on the hereditary principle. Argues: 'As the son of a doctor is not recognised as a born physician, so neither let the son of a peer be [...] accepted as a born lawmaker'. Observes that since the 'seventh son of a seventh son is popularly esteemed a naturally qualified practitioner', then the same principle should apply in the case of an entitlement to a peerage.

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