Thomas Lawrence Morecroft 1818 - 1870
February 14, 2009
In 1843 Thomas Lawrence Morecroft spent nine weeks at the Water Cure establishment of James Manby Gully at Great Malvern. On 26.12.1843, Thomas Lawrence Morecroft of Manor House, Rock Ferry, Cheshire verified a letter from a fellow patient who wrote a letter from Paris to James Manby Gully, to thank him for his cure and to provide a testimonial of his cure for James Manby Gully’s records
This letter from Paris describes a case of distressing pailpitations of the heart for two years following a long residence in a tropical climate, accompanied by ‘very unpleasant symptoms’ in the stomach for which he had ‘taken medicines of all kinds and descriptions’ to no avail. This patient had also contracted syphilis, which showed itself in deep eating chancres and painful swellings of his glands which had him bed bound. The patient then stated that he was ‘completely rid’ of all his symptoms due to the water cure and the remedies. His chancres had healed up after fourteen days, to be followed by a ‘crisis of small boils’ which broke out in different parts of his body. As a result, his general health was ‘better than I have known it for many years’. His near relative, a retired physician, watched this cure at first with skepticism and then with satisfaction, considering this healing ‘one of the greatest triumphs of modern medical art’, being convinced that had they had to resort to mercury treatment, this might have ‘utterly precluded my chance of every regaining my health’.
Thomas Morecroft ?Senior 1788 - ? built a slipway at Rock Ferry in 1820 and in 1832 acquired the steamer Aimwell, built in 1824 and owned by the new Clyde Shipping Company until it transferred to Liverpool.
Astonishingly, an earlier Thomas Morecroft was known as Will Wimble:
Will Wimble has been identified with Mr. Thomas Morecraft, younger son of a Yorkshire baronet. Mr. Morecraft (Morecroft) in his early life became known to Steele, by whom he was introduced to Addison. He received help from Addison, and, after his death, went to Dublin, where he died in 1741 at the house of his friend, the Bishop of Kildare. There is no ground for this or any other attempt to find living persons in the creations of the Spectator, although, because lifelike, they were, in the usual way, attributed by readers to this or that individual, and so gave occasion for the statement of Pudgell in the Preface to his Theophrastus that ‘most of the characters in the Spectator were conspicuously known.’ The only original of Will Wimble, as Mr. Wills has pointed out, is Mr. Thomas Gules of No. 256 in the Tatler.