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

 

[ID:1547] From: William Gordon (of Gordonstoun; later Sir William Gordon, 6th Bt of Gordonstoun.) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Miss (Patient) / 14 August 1778 / (Incoming)

Letter from Sir William Gordon, regarding the daughter of his brother Robert.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 1547
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/638
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date14 August 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 Sir William Gordon, regarding the daughter of his brother Robert.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1089]
Case of the 'natural' daughter of the late Robert Gordon whose debilitated condition, marked by various symptoms, dates for when she had smallpox.
1


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:367]Author William Gordon (of Gordonstoun; later Sir William Gordon, 6th Bt of Gordonstoun.)
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2336]PatientMiss
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2335]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Heriot
[PERS ID:367]Patient's Relative / Spouse / Friend William Gordon (of Gordonstoun; later Sir William Gordon, 6th Bt of Gordonstoun.)
[PERS ID:1350]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Robert Gordon
[PERS ID:2744]Patient's Relative / Spouse / Friend Agnes Gordon

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Elgin East Highlands Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred
Mentioned / Other Beverley North-East England Europe certain

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Dr Sir


I have to [indicat?] your assistance in
the case of my late brother Sir Roberts s
natural daughter a young woman about
twenty three years of age of a fair
complexion and rather delicate make and
constitution - About three years since
she had the small pox which {illeg} to
have been of the confluent kind - Before
this period her menstrual discharges were
irregular
but afterwards almost entire¬
ly dissapeard as she only recollects
having had them once or twice.



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Soon after her having had the small pox
her father removd her to Beverley for
the benefit of education where her com¬
plaints increasd especially headaches to
which she had formerly been a little
subject owing possibly to the unhealthy¬
ness of the place and want of proper
exercise. Her fathers death seems also
to have affected her health. In November
last I brought her to Scotland and
had her case enquird into by Doctor
Heriot. He prescribd steel and Asafœtida
and orderd warm baths for her feet &c
and at last white mustard wheats


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to have proceed rather too large an eva¬
cuation as for two months past she
has had none at all
and the medicine
has been discontinued - She has got
free of her headaches but feels herself --
weaker in her limbs has a pain in
her back and ↑left↑ side looks paler bleeds
sometimes a few drops at the
nose which
is succeeded by a pain in her stomach
and left side. When she eats flesh
meats She becomes costive fruits mutton
broth and garden stuff especially arti¬
chooks agree best with her is fond of
milk but can't take it and also finds


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cow whey disagree with her Stomach - She
breakfasts on Baked tea and Bread and
butter which she also feels rather greatly
to her stomach. She She had the sacred
Tincture
prescribd her for physick but
found it heat very much. The least
motion or even extraordinary weight of
apparel fatigues her at present as the
getting up an hour or two earlyer
of a morning than her usual time
which is eight oClock does likewise


I wish you may be able to make
anything of this account and find a
remedy for the young womans com¬
plaints to which will prove at same



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time a very great relief to her
friends I always am with
the greatest esteem Dr Sir


Your most obedient
& very humble Servant

Wilm. Gordon

Elgin 14th August
1778


My mother tells me to
present you her best compli¬
ments. My Dear Mr {illeg}
Innes {illeg} coach on
you with this and will pay
L2:2 [11.g.?]


Dr. Wm. Gordon



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Sir W. Gordon
Concerning
Miss ----
Aug. 14. 1778

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]

Dr Sir


I have to [indicat?] your assistance in
the case of my late brother Sir Roberts s
natural daughter a young woman about
twenty three years of age of a fair
complexion and rather delicate make and
constitution - About three years since
she had the small pox which {illeg} to
have been of the confluent kind - Before
this period her menstrual discharges were
irregular
but afterwards almost entire¬
ly dissapeard as she only recollects
having had them once or twice.



[Page 2]

Soon after her having had the small pox
her father removd her to Beverley for
the benefit of education where her com¬
plaints increasd especially headaches to
which she had formerly been a little
subject owing possibly to the unhealthy¬
ness of the place and want of proper
exercise. Her fathers death seems also
to have affected her health. In Novr
last I brought her to Scotland and
had her case enquird into by Doctor
Heriot. He prescribd steel and Asafœtida
and orderd warm baths for her feet &c
and at last white mustard wheats


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to have proceed rather too large an eva¬
cuation as for two months past she
has had none at all
and the medicine
has been discontinued - She has got
free of her headaches but feels herself --
weaker in her limbs has a pain in
her back and ↑left↑ side looks paler bleeds
sometimes a few drops at the
nose which
is succeeded by a pain in her stomach
and left side. When she eats flesh
meats She becomes costive fruits mutton
broth and garden stuff especially arti¬
chooks agree best with her is fond of
milk but can't take it and also finds


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cow whey disagree with her Stomach - She
breakfasts on Baked tea and Bread and
butter which she also feels rather greatly
to her stomach. She She had the sacred
Tincture
prescribd her for physick but
found it heat very much. The least
motion or even extraordinary weight of
apparel fatigues her at present as the
getting up an hour or two earlyer
of a morning than her usual time
which is eight oClock does likewise


I wish you may be able to make
anything of this accot. and find a
remedy for the young womans com¬
plaints to which will prove at same



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time a very great relief to her
friends I always am with
the greatest esteem Dr Sir


Your most obedient
& very humble Sert

Wilm. Gordon

Elgin 14th Augt
1778


My mother tells me to
present you her best compli¬
ments. My Dear Mr {illeg}
Innes {illeg} coach on
you with this and will pay
L2:2 [11.g.?]


Dr. Wm. Gordon



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Sir W. Gordon
C.
Miss ----
Aug. 14. 1778

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