A fine Autograph Letter Signed ‘J.Y.Simpson’, to Dr. Barham, about their antiquarian studies, the reading of a rune in old English, the Phoenician alphabet, a possible correction to Professor Stephens’ book on Old Runes, and his own work (”Lately I have been writing on Tin &c.”). 3 pp. 7 x 4 inches, black border, in good condition. 52 Queen Street, Edinburgh, 3 January 1866. Sir James Young Simpson (1811-1870), Scottish obstetrician, originated the use of ether in childbirth, and discovered the properties of chloroform (1847). He championed chloroform’s use against religious and medical opposition until its use at the birth of Prince Leopold led to its general acceptance.