Cullen

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

 

[ID:1488] From: Mr James Orr / To: Lord (Judge) Robert Cullen (Lord Cullen) / Regarding: Mr James Orr (Patient) / 13 February 1778 / (Incoming)

Letter from James Orr to his friend Robert Cullen, seeking 'your Worthy Fathers opinion & direction' regarding his own case, a venereal ailment which 'originated from an unfortunate connection with an unfortunate fair one'. The 'enclosed case made out by my surgeon' is ID:1489. He begs that Robert will burn the letter.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 1488
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/582
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date13 February 1778
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
Enclosure(s) Enclosure(s) present
Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from James Orr to his friend Robert Cullen, seeking 'your Worthy Fathers opinion & direction' regarding his own case, a venereal ailment which 'originated from an unfortunate connection with an unfortunate fair one'. The 'enclosed case made out by my surgeon' is ID:1489. He begs that Robert will burn the letter.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:553]
Case of James Orr who has a venereal infection in 1778, but by 1782 has abdominal complaints and various bodily pains which Cullen eventually attributes to a disordered liver.
13


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:210]AuthorMr James Orr
[PERS ID:742]AddresseeLord (Judge) Robert Cullen (Lord Cullen)
[PERS ID:210]PatientMr James Orr
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:207]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Alexander Taylor (Sanders)
[PERS ID:2400]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr I or J Wilson
[PERS ID:742]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendLord (Judge) Robert Cullen (Lord Cullen)
[PERS ID:2032]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Montgomery

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Paisley Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain

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Dear Sir


I am perfectly ashamed to give you this piece
of extraordinary trouble, But I know the goodness &
benevolence of your heart will readily plead my
cause, and think it noways derogatory to do a
friendly office – It also gives me pain to think
of troubling the worthy respectable Doctor, in this
manner, without having it in my power of
making a suitable return.


You have heard of my indisposition & long
confinment – It originated from an unfortunate
connection with an unfortunate fair one – My
Surgeon has repeatedly declared me to be sound, and
the malady to have been removed – But fatal experience
has convinced me of the contrary. And after
being sorely reduced by medecine & otherways, and
a long and tedious confinement, I am now
apprehensive, that the cursed infection is again



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to make its appearance in my throat, whence I
flattered myself it had been twice expelled.
It has actually appeared again in the inside of the prepuce & my throat ↓is very sore↓
My mind is therefore vastly agitated uneasy
and perplexed, and as I would not for any consideration
that my real disease was publickly known
here, I: Wilson my friend in Glasgow, and I
thought that it would be the best method
to get your Worthy Fathers opinion & direction,
so far as could be given upon a written state
of the case – For which purpose, I have
taken the liberty of sending you the Inclosed
case made out by my Surgeon. 1


It will be laying me under the greatest
obligation if you can use that freedom with
your Father, and send me his respectable
advice, as soon as conveniency will admit –
And I shall only add that I will always
entertain the most grateful sense of the great
favour, which it will do me, to have so able
and excellent advice, in a matter, which concerns
me so much. I am alwise with the greatest
esteem & respect

Dear [Sir?] your most obedient servant
James Orr
Paisley 13 February 1778



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May I beg that you'll burn this – And be so
obliging as not to take notice of it, even to Mr.
Montgomery ––


May I also beg that you will inform the Doctor my
gripings cease
, my belly becomes very costive. And
beg that he will be kind enough to say what aperient
should be used. Is not my case truly hard. Would
you also take the trouble of asking the Doctor
if Mercury used by rubbing cures as effectually
as when taken inwardly – Excuse all this
great trouble ––




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Robt. Cullen Esqr.
Advocate
Edinr.


Mr Orr of Paisley
February 1778
8 p67

Notes:

1: This is Document ID:1489.

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
Dr Sir


I am perfectly ashamed to give you this piece
of extraordinary trouble, But I know the goodness &
benevolence of your heart will readily plead my
cause, and think it noways derogatory to do a
friendly office – It also gives me pain to think
of troubling the worthy respectable Doctor, in this
manner, without having it in my power of
making a suitable return.


You have heard of my indisposition & long
confinment – It originated from an unfortunate
connection with an unfortunate fair one – My
Surgeon has repeatedly declared me to be sound, and
the malady to have been removed – But fatal experience
has convinced me of the contrary. And after
being sorely reduced by medecine & otherways, and
a long and tedious confinement, I am now
apprehensive, that the cursed infection is again



[Page 2]

to make its appearance in my throat, whence I
flattered myself it had been twice expelled.
It has actually appeared again in the inside of the prepuce & my throat ↓is very sore↓
My mind is therefore vastly agitated uneasy
and perplexed, and as I would not for any consideration
that my real disease was publickly known
here, I: Wilson my friend in Glasgow, and I
thought that it would be the best method
to get your Worthy Fathers opinion & direction,
so far as could be given upon a written state
of the case – For which purpose, I have
taken the liberty of sending you the Inclosed
case made out by my Surgeon. 1


It will be laying me under the greatest
obligation if you can use that freedom with
your Father, and send me his respectable
advice, as soon as conveniency will admit –
And I shall only add that I will always
entertain the most grateful sense of the great
favour, which it will do me, to have so able
and excellent advice, in a matter, which concerns
me so much. I am alwise with the greatest
esteem & respect

Dr [Sir?] your most obed st
James Orr
Paisley 13 Feby 1778



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May I beg that you'll burn this – And be so
obliging as not to take notice of it, even to Mr.
Montgomery ––


May I also beg that you will inform the Doctor my
gripings cease
, my belly becomes very costive. And
beg that he will be kind enough to say what aperient
should be used. Is not my case truly hard. Would
you also take the trouble of asking the Doctor
if Mercury used by rubbing cures as effectually
as when taken inwardly – Excuse all this
great trouble ––




[Page 4]


Robt. Cullen Esqr.
Advocate
Edinr.


Mr Orr of Paisley
Feb. 1778
8 p67

Notes:

1: This is Document ID:1489.

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