[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'.

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)]
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No place. 'Sunday - | May 21st 1821 -'.
SKU: 21560

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'. It is hard to believe that Cooper would be reporting to the Prime Minister of Great Britain about anyone else's 'smart attack of ye Gout' than George IV, whose affliction with the complaint is well-chronicled. 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'.