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[Sir Henry Holland of Knutsford, physician to William IV and Victoria.] Autograph Letter Signed ('H Holland') to Dr George Gregory, pressing the claims of William Pulteney Alison to succeed Dr James Gregory as Professor of Medicine at Edinburgh.

Author: 
Sir Henry Holland (1788-1873) of Knutsford, physician to William IV and Victoria and travel writer [William Pulteney Alison (1790-1859), Professor of Medicine, University of Edinburgh; George Gregory]
Publication details: 
Mount Street [London]; 10 April 1821.
£350.00

See the entries in the Oxford DNB of Holland, and of the recipient of the letter, the physician and vaccinator George Gregory (1790-1853), and of the two individuals mentioned in it, James Gregory (1753-1821), Professor of the Institutes of Medicine at Edinburgh, and James Gregory's nephew William Pulteney Alison (1790-1859), who assisted him with his lectures and succeeded him in the professorship. 2pp, 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper adhering to the reverse of the second leaf, which is addressed, with small seal in red wax, 'To | Dr G.

[John Gideon Millingen, army surgeon and author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J G Millingen') to William Jerdan, editor of the Literary Gazette, asking him to publish W. R. Hamilton's obituary of his brother.

Author: 
John Gideon Millingen (1782-1862), army surgeon and author, brother of James Millingen, uncle of Julius Michael Millingen [William Jerdan, editor, Literary Gazette; William Richard Hamilton]
Publication details: 
Garrick Club [London]; 21 October 1845.
£200.00

For Millingen, his brother the archaeologist James Millingen (1774-1845), James's son Julius Michael Millingen (1800-1878), the antiquary and diplomat William Richard Hamilton (1777-1859), and the recipient the editor of the Literary Gazette William Jerdan (1782-1869), see the Oxford DNB. 2pp, 12mo. Bifolium with mourning border. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount attached to the reverse of the second leaf, which is endorsed by Jerdan ('1847 | Dr Millingen | death of his brother in No 1501 –'), and has attached to it a printed slip with a biographical note.

[John Haygarth, Chester physician.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J Haygarth.') to William Rathbone IV, discussing the possible establishment of a 'Lazaret' for Liverpool on 'Helbry [i.e. Hilbre] Island', with reference to penal reformer John Howard.

Author: 
John Haygarth (1740-1827), Chester physician and pioneer in the prevention of smallpox [William Rathbone IV (1757-1809), Liverpool merchant and abolitionist; John Howard (1726-1790), prison reformer]
Publication details: 
Chester; 30 June 1789.
£950.00

For the background to this letter see the section on 'Lazarettos and the Plague' in C. C. Booth's 'John Haygarth, FRS (1740-1827): A Physician of the Enlightenment' (2005). The penal reformer John Howard published his 'Account of the Principal Lazarettos in Europe' in 1789, and the letter to Howard referred to by Haygarth in the present item was one in which Haygarth set forth his view on the subject, dated 30 May 1789.

[James Cowles Prichard, Commissioner in Lunacy who introduced the term 'senile dementia'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. C. Prichard M.D. F.R.S. | Senior Physician to the Bristol Infirmary'), a testimonial for his student Robert T. H. Bartley.

Author: 
J. C. Prichard [James Cowles Prichard] (1786-1848), physician and ethnologist who published an influentical work on evolution, Commissioner in Lunacy who introduced the term 'senile dementia'
Publication details: 
Bristol; 2 July 1841.
£500.00

1p, 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to the reverse of the blank second leaf, the recto of which has laid down upon it the letter's envelope, with penny red stamp and postmarks, addressed to 'Robert T. H. Bartley Esq | Surgeon | West Hackney | London', with manuscript annotation by post official official stating that Bartley is 'not known' in the area. Folded several times. The letter reads: 'I have much pleasure in certifying that Mr Robert T. H.

[William Paley, philosopher and utilitarian, creationist author of 'Natural Theology'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Paley') to T. Harrison, regarding Thomas Paley's living of Aldrington in Sussex; 'Mansell's being a bishop'; and Louth, Lincolnshire.

Author: 
William Paley (1743-1805), philosopher and utilitarian, creationist author of 'Natural Theology' [Thomas Paley; Magdalene College, Cambridge]
Publication details: 
Temple [London]; 17 June 1801.
£250.00

The subject of the present letter, Thomas Paley, was certainly related to William Paley, but they were not brothers, as Paley had none. The reason for the lack of information about Thomas Paley is his disgrace. In 1806, five years after the present letter was written, Thomas Paley, a senior fellow and tutor at Magdalene, was forbidden to reside at the college (while still retaining his stipend), being guilty of 'highly offensive and injurious conduct providing a dangerous example to juniors' in ways 'which from delicacy cannot be specified' (see Cunich, 'History of Magdalene College').

[Sir George Leman Tuthill, physician to the Westminster Hospital and Bridewell and Bethlehem Hospitals.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Geo L Tuthill. M.D.'), a testimonial for Henry Davey, addressed 'To The Governors of The Yarmouth Dispenary'.

Author: 
Sir George Leman Tuthill (1772-1835), physician to the Westminster Hospital and Bridewell and Bethlehem Hospitals [Henry William Robert Davey of Beccles, Yarmouth physician]
Publication details: 
19 Cavendish Square, London; 4 January 1826.
£250.00

The subject of the letter is the surgeon Henry William Robert Davey (1798-1870), son of surgeon Henry Sallows Davey (1781-1855) of Beccles, who had studied under Sir Charles Bell at the Hunterian School of Medicine in Great Windmill Street, London. 2pp, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip from mount adhering to the blank reverse of the second leaf. Folded twice. Written in a neat hand. Headed 'To The Governors of The Yarmouth Dispensary'. Reads: 'Gentn. | Having learned that Mr.

[Sir Thomas Watson, President of the Royal College of Physicians.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thomas Watson.') to Yarmouth physician Henry Davey, suggesting a meeting and tour of London University, with reference to 'Mr. Bell', i.e. Sir Charles Bell.

Author: 
Sir Thomas Watson (1792-1882), President of the Royal College of Physicians, 1862-1866 [Sir Charles Bell (1774-1842), Scottish physiologist and surgeon; Henry William Robert Davey of Yarmouth]
Publication details: 
24 Henrietta Street, Cavendish Square [London]. 'Monday Evening. - Feby 23. 1829'.
£200.00

The recipient of this letter is the surgeon Henry William Robert Davey (1798-1870) of Yarmouth, son of surgeon Henry Sallows Davey (1781-1855) of Beccles; and the 'Mr. Bell' mentioned in it is Sir Charles Bell, who had taught Davey ten years before at Theatre of Anatomy, Great Windmill Street. 2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with a strip cut away from the outside edge of the second leaf, which carries two postmarks and Watson's address to 'Henry Davey Esqre | Tavistock Hotel | Covent Garden'. Twenty-one lines of neatly-written text.

[Sir William Adams (from 1825 Sir William Rawson), oculist.] Autograph Note in the third person to 'Mr Bartley', stating 'his fee for operating upon his Eyes & attendance'.

Author: 
Sir William Adams [from 1825 Sir William Rawson] (1783-1827), oculist
Publication details: 
26 Albemarle Street [London]; 17 December [1819].
£180.00

1p, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and creased, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf, which is addressed, with seal in red wax and postmarks, 'To | Mr Bartley | 8. Shacklewell End | Nr. Kingsland Turnpike'. The note reads: 'Sir W Adams presents his Compts to Mr Bartley & informs him that his fee for operating upon his Eyes & attendance is sixty Guineas. -' 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.

[John Aikin, physician and author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Aikin') to 'Mr Spottiswoode', i.e. the London printer John Spottiswoode, regarding the printing of the ninth volume of his 'General Biography'.

Author: 
John Aikin (1747-1822), physician and author, brother of Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743-1825) [John Spottiswoode (1780-1866), London printer]
Publication details: 
'Stoke Newington | Decer. 6th. [1813]'.
£450.00

1p, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, with thin strip from mount adhering to the reverse of the second leaf, which is addressed, with two postmarks (one 'STOKE NEWINGTON') to 'Mr Spottiswoode | New Street | Shoe Lane'. Aikin's 'Universal Biography' had begun appearing in 1799, and the letter concerns the ninth volume, which was published in 1814.

[Marion, Lady Bell, wife of Sir Charles Bell, Scottish physiologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Marion Bell') to her husband's 'old Pupil and Friend' Henry Davey of Yarmouth, discussing the publication of his letters to his brother.

Author: 
Marion Bell [Marion, Lady Bell, née Shaw] (1787-1876), wife of Sir Charles Bell (1774-1842), Scottish physiologist and surgeon [Henry William Robert Davey of Beccles, Yarmouth physician]
Publication details: 
[47?] Albany Street N.W. [London] 24 March [1870].
£600.00

Marion Shaw, daughter of Charles Shaw of Ayr, married Charles Bell in 1811. Following the death of her husband in 1842, she lived with her brother the surgeon Alexander Shaw (1804-1890), and their house became a centre of artistic and literary society. The recipient is a former pupil of Bell's at the Hunterian School of Medicine in Great Windmill Street, London, the surgeon Henry William Robert Davey (1798-1870), son of surgeon Henry Sallows Davey (1781-1855) of Beccles. The letter is written on the publication of 'The Letters of Sir Charles Bell, K.H., F.R.S.L.

[Robert Hamilton of Ipswich, Irish army physician and medical author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('R: Hamilton') to Sir Charles Brian Blagden, Secretary, Royal Society, praising that body in regard to a 'trifling performance' presented to its library.

Author: 
Robert Hamilton (1749-1830) of Ipswich, Irish army physician and medical author [Sir Charles Brian Blagden (1748-1820), medical officer in the Army and Secretary of the Royal Society, London]
Publication details: 
Ipswich; 10 February 1788.
£250.00

1p, 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf, which is addressed, with broken seal in red wax, to 'Dr. Blagden | Secry. to the | Royal Society | London'. After thanking Blagden for the trouble he has taken 'in transmitting the thanks of the R: Socy. To me for the trifling performance I sent to the Library', Hamilton continues: 'I consider myself as honoured by its reception.

[Sir Benjamin Ward Richardson, physician and medical author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('B W Richardson') to 'Dr Cleveland' [William Frederick Cleveland], regarding a University of St Andrews dinner and testimonial for George Edward Day.

Author: 
Sir Benjamin Ward Richardson (1828-1896), physician, sanitarian and medical author [William Frederick Cleveland (1823-1898), surgeon; George Edward Day; University of St Andrews]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 12 Hinde Street, W. [London] 28 April 1864.
£180.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to the blank second leaf of the bifolium. Folded twice. With regard to the University of St Andrews, where he and Cleveland received their medical education, Richardson writes that he is 'very pleased to hear from Dr Paul' that Cleveland 'will attend our University dinner. We shall have a very agreeable and I believe successful meeting'.

[John Aikin, physician and author.] Autograph Memorandum Signed ('J. A.') to the London publishers Cadell and Davies, a reader's report providing a damning assessment of a work 'much below mediocrity'.

Author: 
John Aikin (1747-1822), physician and author, brother of Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743-1825) [Cadell & Davies [Thomas Cadell the younger and William Davies], London publishers]
Publication details: 
Without place or date, but after the establishment of the firm of Cadell & Davies in 1793.
£350.00

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Messs. Cadell & Davies'. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to one edge. An interesting document, providing an insight into the world of Georgian publishing. Without preamble or salutation, reads: 'This work, in point of style, composition, & sentiment – everything, in short, in which the writer's merit is concerned, is much below mediocrity. But whether its subject, & the side it takes in party, might not at the present moment gain it some public favour, is what I cannot answer.

[John Aikin, physician and author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Aikin') to Dr [James] Currie of Liverpool, expressing thanks for his attention to his indisposed daughter [Lucy Aikin] and praising his 'elegant studies'.

Author: 
John Aikin (1747-1822), physician and author, brother of Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743-1825) [James Currie (1756-1805) of Liverpool, Scottish physician, author and editor; Lucy Aikin (1781-1864)]
Publication details: 
Stoke Newington; 1 January 1801.
£400.00

1p, 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to one edge on reverse, which is addressed, with two postmarks (one 'S Newington | Unpaid'), to 'Miss Aikin | Dr. Currie's | Liverpool', and is endorsed by Currie. In 1810 the subject of this letter Lucy Aikin published a poem on the letter's recipient, titled: 'Dirge for the Late James Currie, M.D., of Liverpool', in her 'Epistles on the Character and Condition of Women'.

[William Oliver of Bath, celebrated physician.] Autograph Prescription Signed ('W O'), 'For ye Right Honble The Lord Palmerston', endorsed 'Dr. Oliver's Purge that will work Gently –'.

Author: 
William Oliver (1695-1764) of Bath, celebrated physician, inventor of the Bath bun and Bath Oliver biscuit [Henry Temple, 1st Viscount Palmerston (1673-1757)]
Publication details: 
[Bath.] 9 October 1734.
£600.00

1p, landscape 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount on reverse, which is endorsed: 'Dr. Oliver's Purge that will work Gently –'. Folded three times. Headed: 'For ye Right Honble | The Lord Palmerston'. Customary prescription, in Latin, over seven lines, beginning as usual with 'Rx'. At foot: 'W O | Octbr 9 1734'. 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.

[Sir William Fergusson, Professor of Surgery and Senior Surgeon to King's College Hospital.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Wm. Fergusson') to William Frederick Cleveland, M.D., regarding meetings and patients in common.

Author: 
Sir William Fergusson (1808-1877) eminent Scottish surgeon, Professor of Surgery and Senior Surgeon to King's College Hospital; President, Royal College of Surgeons [William Frederick Cleveland]
Publication details: 
Both on letterhead of 16 George Street, Hanover Square, W. [London] 13 November 1863; 16 April 1875.
£180.00

For information on the recipient the physician William Frederick Cleveland (1823-1898), see his obituary, BMJ, Both 1p, 12mo, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering at back. ONE: 13 November 1863. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. He will be happy to meet Cleveland the following day, 'at 29 U. Hamilton Terrace between 4.15 & 4.30'. He has to be 'in the neighbourhood at 4', and does not know 'how long I may be detained', 'but I fancy that I may be with you by the last named hour'. TWO: 16 April 1863. In good condition, lightly aged.

[Sir William Richard Gowers, distinguished neurologist.] Long Autograph Letter Signed ('W. R Gowers') to 'Dr Spencer', giving his medical opinion of the case of 'Mrs Green Armytages child', with treatment and prognosis.

Author: 
Sir William Richard Gowers (1845-1915), distinguished British neurologist who practised at the National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptics, London [Spencer; Green Armytage]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 50 Queen Anne Street, Cavendish Square, W. [London]. 9 December 1881.
£1,000.00

Gowers has been described by Macdonald Critchley as 'probably the greatest clinical neurologist of all time'. The mother of the child referred to in the letter may be Amy Julia, wife of the Clifton solicitor Alfred Green-Armytage, another of whose children was the gynaecologist Vivian Green-Armytage (1882-1961). 8pp, 12mo. On two bifoliums, attached together. In fair condition, lightly aged, with a rectangular piece cut from the bottom of the last leaf. Folded twice, and thin strip of paper from mount adhering. One hundred and thirteen lines of text.

[Sir James Paget, eminent pathologist.] Autograph Letter in the third person, declining to dine with the Hunterian Society.

Author: 
Sir James Paget (1814-1899), eminent pathologist and physiologist, Gale Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons
Publication details: 
24 Henrietta Street, Cavendish Square [London]. 3 February 1852.
£50.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf of bifolium. Reads: 'Mr. Paget regrets that an engagement for the Evening of February 4th. prevents his having he honour of accepting the Invitation of the President, Vice-Presidents and Council of the Hunterian Society'. 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.

[Sir Rickman Godlee, President of the Royal College of Surgeons and pioneer in the field of brain surgery.] Autograph Note Signed ('R. G. Godlee') to 'Mr. Rivington', regarding the 'ornamental' nature of his association with the Surgical Aid Society.

Author: 
Sir Rickman Godlee [Sir Rickman John Godlee] (1849-1925), President of the Royal College of Surgeons and pioneer in the field of brain surgery
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Coombe End Farm, Whitchurch, Oxon. 22 June 1921.
£350.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper adhering to blank reverse. Reads: 'Dear Mr Rivington | I am sorry they dont give me any tickets for the Surgical Aid Socy. I am only ornamental | Yours truly | R. G. Godlee'. 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.

[Sir Rickman Godlee, President of the Royal College of Surgeons and pioneer in the field of brain surgery.] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. G. Godlee') to 'Mr Rowe', regarding a boy in a splint and a woman with cystitis.

Author: 
Sir Rickman Godlee [Sir Rickman John Godlee] (1849-1925), President of the Royal College of Surgeons and pioneer in the field of brain surgery
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 19 Wimpole Street, W. [London]; 6 February 1899.
£750.00

3pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to the blank reverse of the second leaf. After acknowledging Rowe's note he continues: 'I should like the boy to get up and walk. He was supposed to be kept longer on the splint than usual, because there was so much adduction before.' The rest of the letter concerns 'a case of cystitis – a woman – who wants methodical washing out with A G N O Z.' He ends by asking whether it could be 'undertaken at the Infirmary'.

[Sir Robert Christison, eminent toxicologist and physician.] Autograph Letter Signed ('R. Christison') to R. Herbert Story, regarding attending an address at Edinburgh Univesity by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton.

Author: 
Sir Robert Christison (1797-1882), Scottish toxicologist and physician; President of Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh [Robert Herbert Story (1835-1907), Principal, University of Glasgow]
Publication details: 
40 Moray Place [Edinburgh]; 9 January 1854.
£350.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse. Folded twice. With Christison's expansive signature, and written while Story – future Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow – was studying at the University of Edinburgh. If he is not 'prevented by professional occupations, which are apt to be rather pressing at this season', it will give him great pleasure 'to attend on the occasion of the delivering of the address of Sir E. B. Lytton to the Associated Societies of the University on the evening of Wednesday the 18th.

[Sir Thomas Watson, President of the Royal College of Physicians.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos. Watson.')

Author: 
Sir Thomas Watson (1792-1882), President of the Royal College of Physicians
Publication details: 
16 Henrietta Street, Cavendish Square, W. [London]; 10 April 1859.
£150.00

2pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper adhering to reverse of second leaf. Folded once. The recipient is not identified. Regarding the recipient's note he has a previous engagement, but he has 'communicated with Dr Rigby who has been good enough to promise to meet me at 20 Carlton Villas at ¼ before 5 oclock on that day'. He trusts the engagement will suit the recipient's convenience.

[Sir Astley Cooper, President of the Royal College of Surgeons.] Autograph Note Signed ('Astley Cooper') to 'Dr Fisher', a letter of introduction, asking him to show his 'wonted civility' to his friend Dr Montgomery.

Author: 
Sir Astley Cooper [Sir Astley Paston Cooper] (1768-1841), President, Royal College of Surgeons, and Sarjeant Surgeon to George IV
Publication details: 
24 Place Vendome [Paris]. 14 July [no year].
£50.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight wear at one edge, and thin strip of paper from mount adhering on reverse. Reads: 'My dear sir | Pray shew your wonted civility to my friend | Dr Montgomery | Yours truly | Astley Cooper'. 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.

[Sir Edward Henry Sieveking, Physician in Ordinary to Queen Victoria.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E H Sieveking') to '[S J?] Clarke Esq',

Author: 
Sir Edward Henry Sieveking (1816-1904), Physician in Ordinary to Queen Victoria, physician to St Mary's Hospital in London
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 17 Manchester Square, W. [London]; 20 November 1863.
£350.00

1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse. The recipient is clearly the editor of a journal, who has solicited an article. Reads: 'My dear Sir | I am ashamed to say that I have nothing on hand that I care to publish, and I am afraid I am not as indefatigable with the pen as some of my friends. Pray accept my apologies and allow me to reserve myself for a future occasion'.

[Sir Edward Henry Sieveking, Physician in Ordinary to Queen Victoria.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E. H. Sieveking') to the surgeon William Frederick Cleveland, regarding the recovery of his fees following the death of 'Mr [Kimpston?]'

Author: 
Sir Edward Henry Sieveking (1816-1904), Physician in Ordinary to Queen Victoria; physician at St Mary's Hospital in London [William Frederick Cleveland, physician]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 17 Manchester Square, W. [London]; 7 September 1866.
£350.00

For information on the recipient William Frederick Cleveland (1823-1898), see his obituary, BMJ, 3 December 1898. 3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf. Addressed to 'Dear Dr Cleveland'. He is 'going out of town' the following week, and 'has seen no one connected with Mr [Kimpston?] since the death'. He hopes Cleveland 'will not take it amiss if, considering the class of person', he asks him 'what will be done about the fees due' to him.

[Sir Erasmus Wilson, eminent surgeon and dermatologist who paid for the transportation of Cleopatra's Needle.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Erasmus Wilson') telling 'Mrs. Richards' that he is 'much less engaged' and that he would be happy to see her.

Author: 
Sir Erasmus Wilson [Sir William James Erasmus Wilson] (1809-1884), eminent surgeon and dermatologist who paid for the transportation of Cleopatra's Needle
Publication details: 
4 August 1860.
£400.00

1pp, 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged, with strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf (blank but for pencil endorsement), from which a small strip of paper has been cut.

[Sir George Edward Paget, Regius Professor of Physic at Cambridge.] Autograph Letter Signed ('G E. Paget') to 'James', i.e. his brother Sir James Paget, regarding a trip to London to dine with 'the Imperial Federationists at the Freemason's Tavern'.

Author: 
Sir George Edward Paget (1809-1892), eminent physician and academic, Regius Professor of Physic at Cambridge [his brother Sir James Paget (1814-1899), eminent pathologist and physiologist]
Publication details: 
Cambridge; 2 July 1886.
£80.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. After thanking him for his 'last (and other) kind letters', he continues: 'After some hesitation (smile?) I have made up my mind to keep my engagement tomorrow to dine with the Imperial Federationists at the Freemason's Tavern. Therefore I shoud be very glad if you could – if it can be managed by Lydia [i.e.

[John Elliotson, eminent Scottish physician, Professor at University College London.] Autograph Note in the third person, regarding a dinner by the Royal College of Surgeons.

Author: 
John Elliotson (1791-1868), Scottish physician and Professor of the Principles and Practice of Medicine at University College London, medical author and editor
Publication details: 
17 Conduit Street [London]; 7 July 1832.
£400.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with closed tear to margin and thin strip of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse. Reads: 'Dr Elliotson will be happy to do himself the honour of waiting upon the President & Vice President of the Royal College of Surgeons at the [action?] & dinner upon tuesday the fourteenth Inst.' 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.

[John Johnstone, physician and biographer of Samuel Parr.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J Johnstone'), concurring with 'Mr Pott' (i.e. the surgeon Percivall Pott) on the treatment of the recipient's 'complaint'.

Author: 
John Johnstone (1768-1836), physician and biographer of his friend Samuel Parr, physician to the Birmingham general hospital [Percivall Pott (1714-1788), celebrated surgeon]
Publication details: 
Worcester; 6 Sept [1786].
£500.00

2pp, 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf, which is endorsed 'Docr. Johnstone | 6 Sep. 1786'. The recipient is not named. Twenty-eight lines of text, beginning: 'Dr Sir | I got home tuesday night and sent my son over to Mr Pott, to let him know your wishes. He answered he was engaged every day to dinner, and could not fix any particular time to be at Malvern.

[Samuel Solly, eminent surgeon.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Samuel Solly'), apologising that he will be absent from 'the first Meeting of the Society'.

Author: 
Samuel Solly (1805-1871), eminent surgeon, President, Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society; Arris and Gale Lecturer, Royal College of Surgeons
Publication details: 
28 September 1849.
£350.00

For information on Solly, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. 2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with slight damaged to second leaf caused by opening of wafer. Adhering to the second leaf is a thin strip of paper from the mount. The recipient is not identified. He is sorry that he will not be able 'to be present at the first Meeting of the Society', as he made an engagement before he 'remembered it'. He will 'endeavour to have something for the second night'.

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