Strand Street Dispensary: Source B

Source B: From the Mona's Herald 20th April 1841

“THE MEDICAL DISPENSARY. – On Tuesday last the subscribers and friends of the above charitable institution, met at the House of Industry, to audit the accounts and to consult on the practicability of erecting a suitable building for the admission of patients, when it was agreed that the edifice should be commenced with as soon as possible, as the necessity for such accommodation was imperatively demanded. Doctors Garrett and Spencer, and the wardens of St. Matthew’s, were appointed the executive Committee, to superintend the erection. We understand that a piece of ground has been selected in Sand-street for the new Dispensary, adjoining Mr. Gamble’s, tailor, which belongs to the poor of the town. The situation is not the best that might have been selected – it is not sufficiently airy nor retired, and the incessant noise arising from the passing and repassing of carts and other vehicles, will prove a source of great annoyance to invalids. However, we are not disposed to captious or fastidious about the matter, but with grateful feelings towards the wealthy, congratulate the poor on the succour about to be afforded them, when sickness and affliction visits their meagre habitations.

Questions to consider:

  1. What can you find about the environment of Strand Street in the 1840s from this article?
  2. What problems with S[tr]and Street does the article identify as a site for the Douglas Medical Dispensary?
  3. Why, in the opinion of the article, are these problems unimportant?
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