[Sir Edwin Chadwick, Utilitarian social reformer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('E Chadwick') to the palaeontologist Sir Richard Owen,

Sir Edwin Chadwick (1800-1890), Utilitarian social reformer, pioneer in the fields of urban sanitation and public health [Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), palaeontologist]
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On letterhead of Park Cottage, East Sheen, Mortlake. 14 November 1888.
SKU: 21571

1p, 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to the reverse of the leaf. Folded once. Written in a shaky hand, and reading: 'Dear Sir Richard | My cold is not better & Dr Marshall says I must keep in. | Will you give the enclosed, [?] of a policy against this [?] your best considerations as to its sufficiency.' 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'.