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

 

[ID:1500] From: Mr Archibald MacNeill (of Colonsay?) / To: Mrs Nimmo (MacNeill?) / Regarding: Mrs MacNeill (Patient), Miss MacNeill (Patient) / February 1778 / (Incoming)

Letter from Archibald MacNeill to a Mrs Nimmo, concerning the case of his wife, which she was to communicate to Cullen and passed the whole letter on. Some members of family and friends are mentioned but not named, just 'your sister', or 'The Governess'. The letter mentions friends who are ill and some gossip regarding Mrs Nimmo's sister and a lodger Mr Boyd.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 1500
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/594
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
DateFebruary 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 Archibald MacNeill to a Mrs Nimmo, concerning the case of his wife, which she was to communicate to Cullen and passed the whole letter on. Some members of family and friends are mentioned but not named, just 'your sister', or 'The Governess'. The letter mentions friends who are ill and some gossip regarding Mrs Nimmo's sister and a lodger Mr Boyd.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1049]
Case of the wife of Archibald McNeill, who has endured much blistering in an effort to relieve a very painful knee and lower back condition.
1
[Case ID:2156]
Case of the daughter of Archibald MacNeill who is prescribed several medicines.
1


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:2352]AuthorMr Archibald MacNeill (of Colonsay?)
[PERS ID:2351]AddresseeMrs Nimmo
[PERS ID:2353]PatientMrs MacNeill
[PERS ID:2354]PatientMiss MacNeill
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2352]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Archibald MacNeill (of Colonsay?)
[PERS ID:2459]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr William Nimmo
[PERS ID:2353]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMrs MacNeill
[PERS ID:674]OtherMrs Mary Farquharson (Polly)
[PERS ID:2365]OtherMr Archibald or Francis? Farquharson (Farqhardson; of Campbellton (Campbeltown); of Clachaig, later of Finzean?)
[PERS ID:2366]OtherMrs Isabella Campbell (of Kintarbert, Kantarbet)
[PERS ID:2367]OtherMr Boyd
[PERS ID:2364]OtherMrs Elizabeth MacNeill (of Dunmore)

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Colonsay House Isle of Colonsay Glasgow and West Scotland Europe inferred
Destination of Letter Alison's Square Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Campbeltown (Campbelltown) West Highlands Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Skipness Glasgow and West Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Dunmore House Tarbert West Highlands Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Kintarbet / Kentarbet Tarbert West Highlands Scotland Europe certain

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Dear, Madam


Your very kind favour of the 16th December I received for
which I return my most hearty thanks I would have said
so sooner but that I was waiting if happily I could be
able to give favourable accounts of my poor wife's --
state of health, it gives me concern that I cannot
do this hitherto, She according to directions blis¬
ter'd
six times from the hip to the knee by turns &
after every blister which carry'd a great deal of hu¬
mour there was a swelling about the part blisterd/
which continued for eight or ten days this was the
case after every blister & besides she had most
excruciating pain. While blistering, her pain now is
in the knee & is greater than before she blisterd
additional to this she has a pain in the lower part
of her back
immediatly above her seat it feels sore
to the touch she ofter complains of a headache, cannot
walk without help
& when she does walk it is with
pain which makes her walk seldom this hurts her health
otherways. My Daughter had a second supply of the
medicines prescrib'd was ofter bathing but all without any
effect, my wife is scrap'd with Flannel & using the flesh brush
I beg you may communicate this with best Compliments to Dr



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Cullen with a view of having his best advice which
will be thankfully acknowledg'd.


Your Mother is commonly on foot but frail the
rest of the family are well the young daughter they
are going to inoculate, what you heard about Mr
Boyd & your Sister I believe is groundless, I am told
that they are to live at Skipnish & that Mr Boy'd
is to board with your Sister but cannot aver this for
truth - Mrs Campbell Kentarbet is in a bad state of
health for sometime past & much reduc'd, the Governess
is there & they are pleasd with her Mrs MacNeill Dun¬
more is also much indisposd, Her Sister Poley
was married there privately [to] Mr Farqhardson --
from Campbellton, cannot tell the Celebration
Recruiting is the Employ' of many in this shire I wish
it may end well sure I am the present face of providence
is alarming & loudly calls for reformation
My wife Joins in wishing you Mr & Mrs Nimmos many
happy returns of the Season that God may bless you all
is the sincere desire of him who is with regard and
Esteem.


Dear Madam
Your most obedient & much obliged Servant
Arch MacNeill


Shall expect to hear from
you as soon as may be convenient




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To
Mrs. Nimmo in Alisons square
Edinburgh


Mrs Macneil
February 1778

Diplomatic Text

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Dear, Madam


Your very kind favour of the 16th decemr: I received for
which I return my most hearty thanks I would have said
so sooner but that I was waiting if happily I could be
able to give favourable accounts of my poor wife's --
state of health, it gives me concern that I cannot
do this hitherto, She according to directions blis¬
ter'd
six times from the hip to the knee by turns &
after every blister which carry'd a great deal of hu¬
mour there was a swelling about the part blisterd/
which continued for eight or ten days this was the
case after every blister & besides she had most
excruciating pain. While blistering, her pain now is
in the knee & is greater than before she blisterd
additional to this she has a pain in the lower part
of her back
immediatly above her seat it feels sore
to the touch she ofter complains of a headache, cannot
walk without help
& when she does walk it is with
pain which makes her walk seldom this hurts her health
otherways. My Daughter had a second supply of the
medicines prescrib'd was ofter bathing but all without any
effect, my wife is scrap'd w Flannel & using the flesh brush
I beg you may communicate this wt. best Complimts to Dr



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Cullen with a view of having his best advice which
will be thankfully acknowledg'd.


Your Mother is commonly on foot but frail the
rest of the family are well the young daughter they
are going to inoculate, what you heard about Mr
Boyd & your Sister I believe is groundless, I am told
that they are to live at Skipnish & that Mr Boy'd
is to board wt your Sister but cannot aver this for
truth - Mrs Campbell Kentarbet is in a bad state of
health for sometime past & much reduc'd, the Governess
is there & they are pleasd wt her Mrs MacNeill Dun¬
more is also much indisposd, Her Sister Poley
was married there privately [to] Mr Farqhardson --
from Campbellton, cannot tell the Celebration
Recruiting is the Employ' of many in this shire I wish
it may end well sure I am the present face of providence
is alarming & loudly calls for reformation
My wife Joins in wishing you Mr & Mrs Nimmos many
happy returns of the Season that God may bless you all
is the sincere desire of him who is wt regard and
Esteem.


Dr. Madam
Your most obedt. & much obliged Servt.
Arch MacNeill


Shall expect to hear from
you as soon as may be convenient




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To
Mrs. Nimmo in Alisons square
Edinburgh


Mrs Macneil
Febry. 1778

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