GOUT

[Sir Astley Cooper, Sarjeant Surgeon to George IV.] Autograph Note Signed ('Astley Cooper') to the Prime Minister Earl of Liverpool, reporting [on King George IV's health] that there has been a 'smart attack of ye Gout'.

Author: 
Sir Astley Cooper [Sir Astley Paston Cooper] (1768-1841), eminent surgeon and anatomist, Sarjeant Surgeon to George IV [Lord Liverpool [Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool] (1770-1828)]
Publication details: 
No place. 'Sunday - | May 21st 1821 -'.
£400.00

1p, 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with small printed biographical slip laid down at top left of page. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with broken seal in black wax, to 'The Rt Honble Earl of Liverpool'. Reads: 'My Lord - | A smart attack of ye Gout occurred yesterday as I had anticipated, but every thing appears to be going on well this morning | I have ye honour | to be | Your obliged & obedt | Servt | Astley Cooper'.

[Sir Henry Halford and Sir Matthew John Tierney, royal physicians.] Autograph Note Signed by the two men, announcing that George IV 'is not able to receive company at the Drawing Room' due to 'an attack of the Gout'.

Author: 
Sir Henry Halford (1766-1844), physician to George III, George IV, William IV and the young Victoria; Sir Matthew John Tierney (1776-1845), Irish surgeon, physician to George IV and William IV
Publication details: 
Carlton Palace [London]. 23 April 1823.
£500.00

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with strip of paper from mount on reverse, which also has another strip of paper strengthening a crease. The document is written out by Halford, with Tierney signing beneath his signature. A general announcement, with no recipient named. Reads: 'The King is not able to receive company at the Drawing Room to day – His Majesty having experienced an attack of the Gout in the night. | Carlton Palace | April 23. 1823 - | Henry Halford | Matthew John Tierney'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Alexr Chalmers') from the biographer Alexander Chalmers to James Perry, commenting humorously on an attack of gout.

Author: 
Alexander Chalmers (1759-1834), Scottish biographer and editor [James Perry (1756-1821), proprietor and editor of the 'Morning Chronicle']
Publication details: 
Throgmorton Street, London; 26 March 1821.
£80.00

1p., 12mo. Bifolium. Seventeen lines, closely written. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with thin strip of stub adhering to margin. Addressed, on reverse of second leaf, to 'J. Perry Esqre | Tavistock Square'. He will dine with Perry with pleasure, 'after a five weeks confinement with the Gout, a disorder of which I never before had any personal acquaintance, but which, I suppose, I must, in some unguarded moment, have treated with contempt.

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