[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.

Sir Astley Cooper [Sir Astley Paston Cooper] (1768-1841), President, Royal College of Surgeons, and Sarjeant Surgeon to George IV
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24 Place Vendome [Paris]. 14 July [no year].
SKU: 21786

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. 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'.