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[ID:1387] From: Mr James Smith / To: Dr John Smith / Regarding: Miss Smith (Patient) / 27 March 1777 / (Incoming)

Letter from James Smith to John Smith, concerning the case of James's sister. She had also been attended by Dr Buckham and Mr Oliver.

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FieldData
DOC ID 1387
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/483
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date27 March 1777
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
Enclosure(s) No enclosure(s)
Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from James Smith to John Smith, concerning the case of James's sister. She had also been attended by Dr Buckham and Mr Oliver.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:593]
Case of Miss Smith who is 'far gone in a consumption'.
2


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1838]AuthorMr James Smith
[PERS ID:5041]AddresseeDr John Smith
[PERS ID:1840]PatientMiss Smith
[PERS ID:494]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr James Buckham
[PERS ID:1834]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Oliver
[PERS ID:1845]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMiss Smith
[PERS ID:5041]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendDr John Smith
[PERS ID:1842]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMrs Smith

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Hownam Borders Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Lawnmarket Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain

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Hownam 27th March
Dear John


You desire me to write you your Sister's Case; To write
a sick person's case is a subject that that I am altogether uncapable
of in a proper way but I shall do it in the common country
way as well as I can; and first as to diet &c: both Dr Buckham
& Mr Oliver orders the milk diet & Jellis. Also the ridding
And as to the ridding since ever we got the Chaise She has rode
some days once to some service & it does not in the least seem to
fatigue her but rather to refresh her.


As to herself she is very submissive & patient in her trouble
& also pretty chearfull & likes to hear conversation moderately
& also sometimes to join a word according to her ability of body.


And as to her complaints (she got the cold by going to bed
in a new washed room befor it was dryed & it was wet under
the bed & all round; & thought little of it at first) She has no
particular pain that she comp↑l↑ains of. but the tickling cough
mars her sleep; her spittle is not gross ↑but in a midle way↑ her left side she
she comp↑l↑ains of a weakness in it & cannot ly on it for the cough
is for worst when she leans to that side; she has at times some
little swelling in her ankles w in the evening but it goes of ---
She has not had her courses for about 7 weeks past, - she has
sometimes a little purging for which a little fine Rhubarb is
ordered & it does good in that part, her pulse is very quick -----
in the morning it is very moderate but towards night it grows
very quick: & I suppose what you call very hectick: one also
design to try ass milk. She is affraid of the purging troubbling
her ------------------------------------------------------


Again as to her diet you know she always loved milk & it
grew her well: therefor when she was freely allowed milk
she was well pleased. also light pudden &c. is ordered her --
She has no blister, but has a white pitch plaister between
her shoulders she has used no medicine since she came her
but a very little of the rhubarb twice: nor does she take any
sleeping draughts less or more; and although she can walk
in the house &c: and to the chaise herself, yet she is much
weakened.
-- So I cannot tell you any more at pre¬
sent. you know that hereto for she was allways healthy

Dear John I am Your's &c. -------
James Smith


Turn over
P: S: We received your Dear Sister's letter, for which your Mother & Father returns him our sincere
thanks. for the concern his there shews for Our Daughter, & if it pleases God to spare
&c: I will write him next week anent her, this day I am a little hurryed with bussiness
& cannot conveniently do it.




[Page 2]


To
Mr John Smith
Student of Physick
at Mr Henry Hardie's
Wardrop Court LawnMarket
Edinburgh


Case
of Miss Smith
March 1777
Nvi P126

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
Hownam 27th March
Dr. John


You desire me to write you yor. Sister's Case; To write
a sick person's case is a subject that that I am altogether uncapable
of in a proper way but I shall do it in the common country
way as well as I can; and first as to diet &c: both Dr Buckham
& Mr Oliver orders the milk diet & Jellis. Also the ridding
And as to the ridding since ever we got the Chaise She has rode
some days once to some service & it does not in the least seem to
fatigue her but rather to refresh her.


As to herself she is very submissive & patient in her trouble
& also pretty chearfull & likes to hear conversation moderately
& also sometimes to join a word according to her ability of body.


And as to her complaints (she got the cold by going to bed
in a new washed room befor it was dryed & it was wet under
the bed & all round; & thought little of it at first) She has no
particular pain that she comp↑l↑ains of. but the tickling cough
mars her sleep; her spittle is not gross ↑but in a midle way↑ her left side she
she comp↑l↑ains of a weakness in it & cannot ly on it for the cough
is for worst when she leans to that side; she has at times some
little swelling in her ankles w in the evening but it goes of ---
She has not had her courses for about 7 weeks past, - she has
sometimes a little purging for which a little fine Rhubarb is
ordered & it does good in that part, her pulse is very quick -----
in the morning it is very moderate but towards night it grows
very quick: & I suppose what you call very hectick: one also
design to try ass milk. She is affraid of the purging troubbling
her ------------------------------------------------------


Again as to her diet you know she always loved milk & it
grew her well: therefor when she was freely allowed milk
she was well pleased. also light pudden &c. is ordered her --
She has no blister, but has a white pitch plaister between
her shoulders she has used no medicine since she came her
but a very little of the rhubarb twice: nor does she take any
sleeping draughts less or more; and although she can walk
in the house &c: and to the chaise herself, yet she is much
weakened.
-- So I cannot tell you any more at pre¬
sent. you know that hereto for she was allways healthy

Dr. John I am Your's &c. -------
James Smith


Turn over
P: S: We recd. yo.r [Dr?] Sister's letter, for which yo.r Mother & F. returns him our sincere
thanks. for the concern his there shews for Our Daughter, & if it pleases God to spare
&c: I will write him next week anent her, this day I am a little hurryed with bussiness
& cannot conveniently do it.




[Page 2]


To
Mr John Smith
Student of Physick
at Mr Henry Hardie's
Wardrop Court LawnMarket
Edinburgh


Case
of Miss Smith
March 1777
Nvi P126

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