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Indian youth’s life saved using RHS recommended techniques

Year 1792, Alexander Lean

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July 25, 1792

Mr Thomas, Hudson’s Bay House

Alexander Lean, Esq. to Dr. Hawes.

Sir,

I have the pleasure to communicate to you, that the Royal Humane Society has extended its beneficial effects to the Honourable Company’s Settlements in Hudson’s Bay; and for your information I transcribe the following particulars from the Journal of the Resident at York Factory.

“An Indian youth, apparently drowned, having been under water three quarters of an hour. After a successful trial of three hours, Mr. Thomas, Surgeon, at York Factory, fortunately restored him to life. He strictly followed the directions recommended by the Humane Society.”

Royal Humane Society. London Coffee House.

At a General Court of Directors, held on the 26th September, 1793, The Right Hon. Sir John Hopkins, Lord Mayer, In the Chair:

Resolved unanimously,

That the Honorary Medal be presented to Mr. Thomas, Surgeon, for the restoration of a youth to life, which success has been communicated to the Society by Alex Lean, Esq. of the Hudson-Bay Company.

Resolved unanimously,

That the thanks of this Court be returned to A. Lean, Esq. for his very obliging and polite attention to the Managers of the Humane Society, and his kind promise to transmit the Honorary Medal to Mr. Thomas, at the York Factory.

W. Hawes, Register. Africa.

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