Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports compiled by Rictor Norton

Mrs Mapp the Bone-Setter

13 September 1736
On Saturday last Mrs. Mapp, the famous Bone Setter, came with a great attendance from Epsom, to the house of Mr Phillips, his Majesty’s Timber Merchant in Scotland Yard, and brought home his daughter aged about seven years, who she has made a perfect cure of; she had her thigh out for a considerable time, which occasioned one leg to be shorter than the other by five inches. There was an elegant entertainment provided for her on that occasion; she staid there all night, and yesterday morning set out in her coach and four for Epsom. (Daily Gazetteer)

16 October 1736
Mrs. Mapp, the famous Bone-Setter of Epsom; will be at the Theatre Royal in Lincoln’s Inn Fields this Evening, to see a Comedy call’d, The Wife’s Relief; and a Pantomime Entertainment call’d, The Worm Doctor, or, Harlequin Female Bone-Setter. (Daily Gazetteer)

18 October 1736
On Saturday night last Mrs. Mapp, the famous Bone-Setter at Epsom, came to town in her chariot and four, to the Grecian Coffee House in Devereux-Court, afterwards went to the Theatre Royal in Lincioln’s-Inn Fields, and saw the Comedy call’d, the Wife’s Relief; or, the Husband’s Cure.
     And yesterday she was elegantly entertain’d by Dr. Ward, at his house in Pall Mall.
     And this day she gives her attendance at the Grecian Coffee House, in order to give relief to poor disabled persons, and to-morrow morning sets out for Epsom. (Daily Gazetter)

20 October 1736
On Monday last Mrs. Mapp, the famous Bone-Setter at Epsom, performed two extraordinary cures, the one was on a young lady of the Temple, who had been lame ever since she was two years of age, she had several bones out from her knees to her toes, which she put in their proper places.
     At the same time a butcher in Newgate Market, who had his two knee-pans so misplaced, that he walked with his knees knocking one against another; she put them into their proper places, so that he walked upright before a great many gentlemen then present: This cure she perform’d gratis.
     Yesterday she perform’d several other surprizing cures. She set out about 1 o’clock for Epsom, being much fatigued, and carried with her several crutches, which she calls Trophies of Honour. She declared in publick company at the Grecian Coffee House, Devereux Court, where the cures were perform’d, that a surgeon gave her some snuff, wherein was poyson, which she happily discovered and flung it into the fire; but what grounds she had for this, might be owning perhaps rather to apprehension than fact. (Daily Gazetteer)

24 March 1737
Gloucester, March 19. We hear that Mr. Wallen, late of Hindon in Wilts, father of Mrs. Mapp the famous Bone-setter, is removed to Froome in Somersetshire, where he hath already performed several extraordinary cures. (Daily Gazetteer)


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CITATION: Rictor Norton, Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook, "Mrs Mapp the Bone-Setter", 30 November 2003 <http://grubstreet.rictornorton.co.uk/mapp.htm>

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