BRITISH POET LAUREATE, ALFRED LORD TENNYSON, ACKNOWLEDGES RECEIPT OF A COPY OF SIR JAMES PAGET'S HUNTERIAN ORATION
ALFRED LORD TENNYSON (1809-92) HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED, "Yours ever, A. Tennyson", 4.5 x 7, on his blind-stamped letterhead, Farringford, Freshmatter, Isle of Wright, no date (possibly 1877), by the British poet laureate during the reign of Queen Victoria who remains one of the most popular British poets, written to "Sir James" (most likely Sir James Paget (1814-99) Surgeon to The Queen (Victoria) and discoverer of Paget's Disease) and one of the founders of scientific medical pathology, regarding Sir James' Hunterian Oration that he delivered in 1877. In full: "My dear Sir James/ Your Hunterian Oration has reached me in the island. We left 7 Upper Wimpole St. nearly three weeks ago. Many thanks." The Hunterian Oration is a lecture of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. The oration was founded in 1813 by the executors of the will of pioneering surgeon John Hunter, his nephew Dr. Matthew Baillie, and his brother-in -law Sir Everad Home, who made a gift to the College to provide an annual oration and dinner. It is delivered on February 14, Hunter's birthday. "Such oration to be expressive of the merits in comparative anatomy, physiology, and surgery...whose labors have contributed to the improvement or extension of surgical science." Comes with a signature and vintage lithograph of Sir James Paget. All items are in fine condition, with a fold line touching one letter of Sir Paget's signature and minor age toning on all items.