Went to St. Thomas’s sent 1 to Mr. Taunton, 2 to Edinburgh, St. Thomas’s took 6 of the above this week, came home and stopt at home all night.
Taunton is John Taunton (1769–1821). Taunton was actually from a farming family, but was inclined to study anatomy and came to London and asked for a recommended teacher. He was originally recommended Andrew Marshall, who had a school at Thaives End, but settled on studying with Henry Cline at St Thomas’s.
In 1811, he was a demonstrator of anatomy at Guy’s, the principal lecturer at the London Anatomical Society, and the founder of the charitable City of London Truss Society, which provided trusses for poor people who suffered from hernia and other prolapse. He had an extensive private practice and was also attached to the Finsbury dispensary and visited many sick poor in their homes.
2 to Edinburgh would have been sent by coach, and the Saturday deliveries are a feature throughout the diary.