Lives of the fellows

John Manning

b.1730 d.16 March 1806
MD Leyden(1756) Ex LRCP(1806)

John Manning, M.D. — On the 21st September, 1753, being then twenty-three years of age, he was inscribed on the physic line at Leyden. He graduated doctor of medicine there in 1756 (D.M.I. de Cachexia Virgineâ, 4to.); and was admitted an Extra-Licentiate of the College of Physicians 11th April, 1757. He settled at Norwich; was appointed one of the physicians to the Norfolk and Norwich hospital on its establishment in 1772, and continued in that office until 1805. Dr. Manning died at Norwich 16th March, 1806, aged seventy-six, and was buried at St. Gregory’s in that city, where there is a monument with the following inscription:—
In a vault in the middle aisle of this church
are deposited the remains of
John Manning, M.D.,
who died the 16th March, 1806,
in the seventy-sixth year of his age.
His practice as a physician in this city and county
was highly honourable to himself and beneficial to the public.
His exertions in favour of the Norwich and Norfolk hospital
were unremitting and exemplary.
The excellencies and virtues of his private character
not less endeared him to all who knew him,
and who did not know him in the wide circle in which he moved?
His understanding was of the first form and enriched by extensive
He was a scholar without pride,
a Christian without bigotry,
and devout without ostentation.
His penetration into character was keen,
but tempered with the manners of a gentleman;
he was severe only to hypocrisy and open vice.
He selected his intimate friends with judgment,
but was steady and unaltered in his attachments to them.
His beneficence was great;
it was not so much the sacrifice to duty
as the offspring of a feeling heart,
which extended to the whole animal creation.
In fine, his Creator had been liberal to him,
and, as far as man can judge,
he did not misuse the Creator’s bounty.
This testimony to his memory is not the tribute of relatives
alone, but also of a stranger to his blood, whom from an
intimate acquaintance of many years had known indeed
to love, but never knew to flatter.
In the same vault are also interred the remains of
Ann Manning, his wife,
who died the 17th February, 1812, aged eighty-two years.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 212)

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