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The Consultation Letters of Dr William Cullen (1710-1790) at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

 

[ID:1388] From: Dr Walter Riddell / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Sir William Carr (of Etal; Kerr, Carre) (Patient) / 31 March 1777 / (Incoming)

Letter from Walter Riddell concerning the case of Sir William Carr of Etal, who is growing weaker 'so that I think there is some reason to apprehend a fatal termination'. His sister is staying with him: 'Sir William's sister, having enjoyed very bad health, is a great quack, and therefore, as you may suppose, very troublesome', and keen on the prescription of cordials. Riddell asks Cullen to have some Pyrmont water sent to Cornhill for Sir William. Lord and Lady Erroll (Sir William's daughter) are expected to visit Etal.

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FieldData
DOC ID 1388
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/484
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date31 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 Walter Riddell concerning the case of Sir William Carr of Etal, who is growing weaker 'so that I think there is some reason to apprehend a fatal termination'. His sister is staying with him: 'Sir William's sister, having enjoyed very bad health, is a great quack, and therefore, as you may suppose, very troublesome', and keen on the prescription of cordials. Riddell asks Cullen to have some Pyrmont water sent to Cornhill for Sir William. Lord and Lady Erroll (Sir William's daughter) are expected to visit Etal.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:579]
Case of Sir William Carr [Kerr] of Etal [Etall] with urinary retention and a suspected diabetes.
14


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:561]AuthorDr Walter Riddell
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1717]PatientSir William Carr (of Etal; Kerr, Carre)
[PERS ID:561]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Walter Riddell
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:22]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendEarl James Boyd Hay (15th Earl of Erroll, Lord Erroll, Lord Errol)
[PERS ID:931]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendCountess Isabella Hay (Lady Erroll, Lady Hay)
[PERS ID:1856]Patient's Relative / Spouse / Friend

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Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Berwick-upon-Tweed (Berwick) North-East England Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Cornhill-on-Tweed North-East England Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Etal North-East England Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Berwick-upon-Tweed (Berwick) North-East England Europe certain

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Dear Sir,


I am sorry to be obliged to trouble you so often
but the friends of sick people must be humour'd. - Sir Wm. Carr
has at present a sister ↑with him↑ who desires that I will write to you
tho' no material change has taken place since my last; -
he still continues to grow weaker daily in a very alarming
degree, takes little sustenance and sleeps ill, so that I think
there is some reason to apprehend a fatal termination of his
disorder unless some favourable alteration happens soon.
Sir William's sister, having enjoyed very bad health, is a
great quack, and therefore, as you may suppose, very trou¬
blesome; finding her brother very low spirited, she insisted
that some medicine may (↑might↑) be prescrib'd to raise his spirits
and, to please her, I order'd the most [quackful?] aromatic cordi¬
al
I cou'd think of; but as it ↑has↑ had not at all the effect she
seem'd to expect from it, she has desired me to mention this cir¬
cumstance particularly to you, that if any thing can be



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thought of that is likely to prove more effectual, it may
be prescrib'd -- I must likewise beg the favour of you to
order half a dozen bottles of Pyrmont Water to be sent
by the Fly to Cornhill for Sir William on Wednesday. -
I propose to continue the Bark a few days longer, and then
to begin the use of the chalybeate powders in the way
you propose. -- Sir William retains his water better
than he did
, which is the only favourable appearance
I have to mention to you. -- My Lord and Lady Erroll
are expected at Etal every day. -- I am

Dear Sir/
respectfully yours
W. Riddell
Berwick 31st. March 1777.



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Dr. Cullen
Edinburgh


Riddell of Berwick
C
Sir Wm Carre
March 31. 1777.
Vol. VII. p. [1?]

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Dear Sir,


I am sorry to be obliged to trouble you so often
but the friends of sick people must be humour'd. - Sir Wm. Carr
has at present a sister ↑with him↑ who desires that I will write to you
tho' no material change has taken place since my last; -
he still continues to grow weaker daily in a very alarming
degree, takes little sustenance and sleeps ill, so that I think
there is some reason to apprehend a fatal termination of his
disorder unless some favourable alteration happens soon.
Sir William's sister, having enjoyed very bad health, is a
great quack, and therefore, as you may suppose, very trou¬
blesome; finding her brother very low spirited, she insisted
that some medicine may (↑might↑) be prescrib'd to raise his spirits
and, to please her, I order'd the most [quackful?] aromatic cordi¬
al
I cou'd think of; but as it ↑has↑ had not at all the effect she
seem'd to expect from it, she has desired me to mention this cir¬
cumstance particularly to you, that if any thing can be



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thought of that is likely to prove more effectual, it may
be prescrib'd -- I must likewise beg the favour of you to
order half a dozen bottles of Pyrmont Water to be sent
by the Fly to Cornhill for Sir William on Wednesday. -
I propose to continue the Bark a few days longer, and then
to begin the use of the chalybeate powders in the way
you propose. -- Sir William retains his water better
than he did
, which is the only favourable appearance
I have to mention to you. -- My Lord and Lady Erroll
are expected at Etal every day. -- I am

Dr. Sir/
respectfully yours
W. Riddell
Berwick 31st. March 1777.



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Dr. Cullen
Edinburgh


Riddell of Berwick
C
Sir Wm Carre
March 31. 1777.
Vol. VII. p. [1?]

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