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[ID:1498] From: Reverend Henry Elliot (Elliott, of Beadnell and Bamburgh; at Fowberry, nr. Belford (Northumberland)) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mrs Elliott (Elliot) (Patient) / 26 February 1778 / (Incoming)

Letter from Rev. Henry Elliott, regarding the case of his wife, who was 'seized with a kind of fever (often delirious)' after childbirth.

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FieldData
DOC ID 1498
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/592
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date26 February 1778
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 Rev. Henry Elliott, regarding the case of his wife, who was 'seized with a kind of fever (often delirious)' after childbirth.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:856]
Case of Mrs Elliot who has a chronic catarrhal cough, diarrhœa and menstrual problems.
6


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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:1216]AuthorReverend Henry Elliot (Elliott, of Beadnell and Bamburgh; at Fowberry, nr. Belford (Northumberland))
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:1939]PatientMrs Elliott (Elliot)
[PERS ID:2837]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr William Turnbull
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2217]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr E Pringle (of Belford)
[PERS ID:1216]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendReverend Henry Elliot (Elliott, of Beadnell and Bamburgh; at Fowberry, nr. Belford (Northumberland))
[PERS ID:2241]Patient's Relative / Spouse / Friend Elliot

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Place of Writing Bamburgh North-East England Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Belford North-East England Europe certain

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Dear Sir!


When I last gave you trouble in the beginning of Sum¬
mer concerning my Wife you was kind enough to write to Mr
Turnbull, that if either he or I would let you know how she was
about Michaelmas, that you would give her Directions how to cook 1
herself during the Winter; But it happened that she was tolerably
well in the latter end of the year being pregnant, and was safly de¬
livered two weeks before Christmas, and seemed in a hopeful way
(tho weaker than usual) for two weeks after her delivery; after which
she was seized with a kind of fever, (often delirious) and for the most
part a Diarrhœa, swelled Legs, & c, and about three weeks after a violent
Cough begun together within a Spit, violent pains in her thighs
{illeg} Turnbull you know is now left us, we applied to Mr
Pringle of Belford, who gave her relief in almost all her complaints,
but alas, it was of short continuance; and especially when he came to
labour between the Cough & the Diarrhœa, it seemed to baffle all his
skill, for what was a help to the one was still against the other; (tho I
have a good Opinion of the Gentleman) The pains indeed now are abated
and her legs are considerably fallen; but still the Cough & the Diarrhœa continue
she cannot look out at [Doors?] for cold, [yea?] scarce can get heat in the house
tho, she wears a flannel Shift & c, And Pringle ↑del↑Pringle thinks he can do
little more for her - She has a violent thirst, her common drink was
gruel, barly water, with a little port wine, but she is tired of all these
and has taken entirely to boiled water alone; she takes rum & new milk
in the mornings; and is very earnest to have asses milk, as she thought




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she found a deal of relief by it on Summer; And beg leave to tell you that the Cough is
no new thing especially in the winter season, tho, she generally had a healthy florid look-
And she desires me to tell you that the Child was, and is pretty strong ; if ↑you↑ can think of
any medicine, regimen & c that will do her good, you will oblige him who cannot
recompense you, but only by sincerely subscribing himself, Dear Sir/


Your most obedient & very hum¬
ble Servant
Henry Elliott

Fowberry near Bambro,
Feb 26. 1778.



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Doctor Cullen Edinburgh


Reverend Mr Elliott
26 Feb 1778
8 p. 72:

Notes:

1: This is so obscure it seems likely the letter writer made a slip and meant to write 'conduct'.

Diplomatic Text

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Dear Sir!


When I last gave you trouble in the beginning of Sum¬
mer concerning my Wife you was kind enough to write to Mr
Turnbull, that if either he or I woud let you know how she was
about Michaelmas, that you woud give her Directions how to cook 1
herself during the Winter; But it happened that she was tolerably
well in the latter end of the year being pregnant, and was safly de¬
livered two weeks before Christmas, and seemed in a hopeful way
(tho weaker than usual) for two weeks after her delivery; after which
she was seized with a kind of fever, (often delirious) and for the most
part a Diarrhœa, swelled Legs, & c, and about three weeks after a violent
Cough begun together within a Spit, violent pains in her thighs
{illeg} Turnbull you know is now left us, we applied to Mr
Pringle of Belford, who gave her relief in almost all her complaints,
but alas, it was of short continuance; and especially when he came to
labour between the Cough & the Diarrhœa, it seemed to baffle all his
skill, for what was a help to the one was still against the other; (tho I
have a good Opinion of the Gentleman) The pains indeed now are abated
and her legs are considerably fallen; but still ye Cough & the Diarrhœa continue
she cannot look out at [Doors?] for cold, [yea?] scarce can get heat in the house
tho, she wears a flannel Shift & c, And Pringle ↑del↑Pringle thinks he can do
little more for her - She has a violent thirst, her common drink was
gruel, barly water, with a little port wine, but she is tired of all these
and has taken entirely to boiled water alone; she takes rum & new milk
in the mornings; and is very earnest to have asses milk, as she thought




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she found a deal of relief by it on Summer; And beg leave to tell you that the Cough is
no new thing especially in the winter season, tho, she generally had a healthy florid look-
And she desires me to tell you that the Child was, and is pretty strong ; if ↑you↑ can think of
any medicine, regimen & c that will do her good, you will oblige him who cannot
recompense you, but only by sincerely subscribing himself, Dear Sir/


Your most obedient & very hum¬
ble Servant
Henry Elliott

Fowberry near Bambro,
Feb 26. 1778.



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Doctor Cullen Edinburgh


Revd Elliott
26 Feb 1778
8 p. 72:

Notes:

1: This is so obscure it seems likely the letter writer made a slip and meant to write 'conduct'.

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