[William Babington, Physician to Guy's Hospital.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. Babington') to the surgeon Nicholas Birch, rearranging a meeting due to 'attendance this morning at Westminster Hall'.

William Babington (1756-1833), Anglo-Irish Physician to Guy's Hospital and mineralogist [Nicholas Birch (c.1747-1833), London surgeon]
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17 Aldermanbury [London]. 17 July 1813.
SKU: 21542

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. The breaking open of the letter has left a corner of the second leaf under the wafer. Addressed, with two postmarks, on reverse of second leaf to 'Mr. Birch | Surgeon | Mansell Street | Goodmans Fields'. The letter reads: 'Dear Sir, | An attendance this morning at Westminster Hall will put it out of my power to be with you before the afternoon. I have however no reason to doubt but that I shall be able to reach you by seven o'Clock.' From the distinguished autograph collection of the psychiatrist Richard Alfred Hunter (1923-1981), whose collection of 7000 works relating to psychiatry is now in Cambridge University Library. Hunter and his mother Ida Macalpine had a particular interest in the illness of King George III, and their book 'George III and the Mad Business' (1969) suggested the diagnosis of porphyria popularised by Alan Bennett in his play 'The Madness of George III'.