1 page, 7.25 x 4.5 inches, Hanover Square, London, March 31, 1858. Written to fellow surgeon William Leach, in full: "I have the honor of acknowledging with thanks, your letter of the 29th instant informing me that I am appointed one of the Examiners of Candidates for Assistant Surgeons in the service of the East India Company, at the examinations to be held in May and July next." According to Sir Joseph Hooker, one of the greatest British botanists and explorers, and closest friend of Charles Darwin: "In the work of examining candidates for the East India Company...it heralded the introduction of the open-competition system for both civil and military officers under Government; if not absolutely, certainly for the medical profession." Note: cited from "The Memoirs and Letters of Sir James Paget," pages 211-212. Natural folds; small stain on the left edge. Very good condition.
English surgeon and pathologist who discovered osteitis deformans, later called Paget's Disease.