[Lord Sidmouth, British Prime Minister.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Sidmouth') to Richard Clark, sending thanks at his appointment as 'a Governor of the Royal Hospitals of Bridewell, and Bethlem'.

Lord Sidmouth [Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth] (1757-1844), British Prime Minister
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'Richmond Park | Octr. ye. 20th: 1814'.
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1p, 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to edge on reverse. Ten-line letter, addressed to 'Richd: Clark, Esqr.' Reads: 'Sir, | I have received a Letter from Mr. Poynder, informing me that you have done me the Honor of Appointing me to be a Governor of the Royal Hospitals of Bridewell, and Bethlem: a Mark of your Attention, and a Distinction, of which I am justly sensible and for which I beg you to accept my best Thanks.' 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'.