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

 

[ID:1522] From: Mr Thomas Bushby / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mr Thomas Bushby (Patient) / 23 June 1778 / (Incoming)

Letter from Thomas Bushby regarding his own case, previously reported to Cullen by Mr Harris of Whitehaven.

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DOC ID 1522
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/615
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date23 June 1778
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
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Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from Thomas Bushby regarding his own case, previously reported to Cullen by Mr Harris of Whitehaven.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:954]
Case of Mr Thomas Bushby who is given detailed advice on cold bathing.
4


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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:2194]AuthorMr Thomas Bushby
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2194]PatientMr Thomas Bushby
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:214]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Joseph Harris
[PERS ID:2403]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr William Ballantine (Balentintine)

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Place of Writing Cumberland North-West England Europe certain
Place of Writing Wigton North-West England Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other London London and South-East England Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Whitehaven North-West England Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Carlisle North-West England Europe certain

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Wigton, Cumberland, June, 23d 1778
Sir


It gives me me great uneasiness that I am once
more obligd to trouble Doctor Cullen for his advice - Mr Harris
of Whitehaven stated you my case in September last, it will
perhaps be recollected when you are informd I am troubled
with a seminal weakness and the consequences of it, viz a
lowness of spirits and every attendant nervous symptom - At that
time my abode was at Whitehaven, but was lately come here
and began business in the mercery & [drapery?] way - The hopefull
way I was in of being cured from following you directions at that
time encouragd me to embrace an ↑eligible↑ oppertunity I had of taking the
World in hand - but in spite of all my care & vigilance I have
for this six weeks past been in as bad a situation as ever, as
my distance from Whitehaven marks it rather inconvenient recurring
to Mr Harris again I have [presumed?] of myself to implore your
advice, for which I hope you will accept of the inclosd notes
Value 2 Guineas - Agreable to your directions I have made use
of the cold bath, taken 2 powders a day of steel rust 5 Grains, Cinnamon
10 Grains White Sugar 10 Grains washed down with 3 ↑or 4↑ table spoonfulls of the dicoction



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of Bark --- what flatter'd me most was, that I have
enjoyed much better spirits since I begun this tho I cant say
the seminal parts were ever much strengthend - in order to
avoid an accident which is mostly brought on by lascivious
dreams
, I have for this long time slept only 3 hours in the Evening
& 2 in the Morning
however with this precausion I have & cant
avoid an emission of semen once, or twice, or three, a week
within this Month my spirits are become much worse, my faculties
are very numb and stupid, have sometimes hardly any ↑more↑ action
or Ideas than an Idiot
, but has two or three days interval of ease
perhaps in a week -- In March I was in London a month & during
that time & two weeks more I discontinued following bathing or the
Medicine - and coud not perhaps be so regular in my diet &
drinking as had I been at home whether my present bad spirits
may be imputed to that I cant tell, perhaps this season of the Year
may be against me - about the 20th of April I begun bathing &
went every Morning under a fall of Water which I presume may
be agreable to your approbaton, in preference to bathing in the
house - I continued that & the barks &c for a Month, discontinued
both after that for 2 Weeks, have since that bath'd 3 or 4 times in a week
only, which Mr [Balentintine?] an apothecary here advisd me to try
and am still taking the Medicine, after all my disorder is still


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as grevious as possible & my anguish under the depression of
spirits
is so great I cant avoid exclaiming must I indeed perish?
or what more can be done for such an unfortunate wretch?


- If I sleep more than three of 4 hours together I am sure of an
accident
and observe they are always preceeded by lascivious
dreams
which I cant avoid. Mr Harris wou'd inform you in my
case that this weakness has been upon me for 10 or 12 years that
I am about 28 years of age &c --- I live very amstemious
but dont use very much out door exercize on account of my
business -- I hope Doctor Cullen will be able to
gather a proper Idea of my situation from the premises, {illeg}
must own there is far less said, & in a more {illeg}
manner than I coud wish - but my faculties are quite impaired
- nor have I resolution or steadiness for doing any thing

I am Sir
Your very Honourable Servant
Thomas Bushby



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To
Doctor Cullen
Edinburgh


Mr Th. Bushby
June 23d 1778
IX 1

Diplomatic Text

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Wigton, Cumberland, June, 23d 1778
Sir


It gives me me great uneasiness that I am once
more obligd to trouble Doctor Cullen for his advice - Mr Harris
of Whitehaven stated you my case in Septemr last, it will
perhaps be recollected when you are informd I am troubled
with a seminal weakness and the consequences of it, viz a
lowness of spirits and every attendant nervous symptom - At that
time my abode was at Whitehaven, but was lately come here
and began business in the mercery & [drapery?] way - The hopefull
way I was in of being cured from following you directions at that
time encouragd me to embrace an ↑eligible↑ oppertunity I had of taking the
World in hand - but in spite of all my care & vigilance I have
for this six weeks past been in as bad a situation as ever, as
my distance from Wthaven marks it rather inconvenient recurring
to Mr Harris again I have [presumed?] of myself to implore your
advice, for which I hope you will accept of the inclosd notes
Value 2 Guineas - Agreable to your directions I have made use
of the cold bath, taken 2 powders a day of steel rust 5 Grs, Cinnamon
10 Gra: White Sugar 10 Gra: washed down with 3 ↑or 4↑ table spoonfulls of the dicoction



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of Bark --- what flatter'd me most was, that I have
enjoyed much better spirits since I begun this tho I cant say
the seminal parts were ever much strengthend - in order to
avoid an accident which is mostly brought on by lascivious
dreams
, I have for this long time slept only 3 hours in the Eveng
& 2 in the Morning
however with this precausion I have & cant
avoid an emission of semen once, or twice, or three, a week
within this Month my spirits are become much worse, my faculties
are very numb and stupid, have sometimes hardly any ↑more↑ action
or Ideas than an Idiot
, but has two or three days interval of ease
perhaps in a week -- In March I was in London a month & during
that time & two weeks more I discontinued following bathing or the
Medicine - and coud not perhaps be so regular in my diet &
drinking as had I been at home whether my present bad spirits
may be imputed to that I cant tell, perhaps this season of the Year
may be against me - about the 20th of April I begun bathing &
went every Morning under a fall of Water which I presume may
be agreable to your approbaton, in preference to bathing in the
house - I continued that & the barks &c for a Month, discontinued
both after that for 2 Weeks, have since that bath'd 3 or 4 times in a week
only, which Mr [Balentintine?] an apothecary here advisd me to try
and am still taking the Medicine, after all my disorder is still


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as grevious as possible & my anguish under the depression of
spirits
is so great I cant avoid exclaiming must I indeed perish?
or what more can be done for such an unfortunate wretch?


- If I sleep more than three of 4 hours together I am sure of an
accident
and observe they are always preceeded by lascivious
dreams
which I cant avoid. Mr Harris wou'd inform you in my
case that this weakness has been upon me for 10 or 12 years that
I am about 28 years of age &c --- I live very amstemious
but dont use very much out door exercize on account of my
business -- I hope Doctor Cullen will be able to
gather a proper Idea of my situation from the premises, {illeg}
must own there is far less said, & in a more {illeg}
manner than I coud wish - but my faculties are quite impaired
- nor have I resolution or steadiness for doing any thing

I am Sir
Your very Hble Servt
Thos Bushby



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To
Doctor Cullen
Edinburgh


Mr Th. Bushby
June 23d 1778
IX 1

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