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

 

[ID:1709] From: Mr Robert Neilson (Nielson, of Paisley) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mr Robert Neilson (Nielson, of Paisley) (Patient), Mrs Macclaw (MacLaw, Mclaws) (Patient), Miss Margaret Neilson (Peggy) (Patient) / 20 July 1779 / (Incoming)

Letter from Robert Neilson, reporting the death of his daughter Peggy and concerning his own case and that of a friend, Mrs Mclaws.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 1709
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/796
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date20 July 1779
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 Robert Neilson, reporting the death of his daughter Peggy and concerning his own case and that of a friend, Mrs Mclaws.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:316]
Case of Mr Robert Neilson with a chronic, progressive illness, probably pulmonary (consumption) but possible cardiac. After a gap, in early January 1782, Cullen confirms that Neilson's condition is terminal. An autopsy soon follows.
22
[Case ID:363]
Case of Miss Peggy Neilson seriously ill with sores, breathing problems and a 'hectic', which eventually proves fatal.
7
[Case ID:2050]
Case of Mrs McLaws (Macclaw) who has an 'eruption on her arm'.
5


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:206]AuthorMr Robert Neilson (Nielson, of Paisley)
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:206]PatientMr Robert Neilson (Nielson, of Paisley)
[PERS ID:832]PatientMrs Macclaw (MacLaw, Mclaws)
[PERS ID:2092]PatientMiss Margaret Neilson (Peggy)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2668]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMrs Jean Neilson (Nielson)
[PERS ID:206]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Robert Neilson (Nielson, of Paisley)
[PERS ID:832]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMrs Macclaw (MacLaw, Mclaws)
[PERS ID:2092]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMiss Margaret Neilson (Peggy)

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
Mentioned / Other Musselburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain

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Dear Sir
Paisley July 20th 1779


My poor Peggy gott the end
of her troubles last wedensday, for
a few days before her Death the Looseness
increased on her but for some weeks I knew
her weaker every day but ever since she
came west she was free of violent Pains
which was a great Comfort to her Mother &
every body about her thank God she has
stood it pritty well, complaining a litle of
a pain like a Stich in her side at times
I suppose oweing to Cold - I woud have
wrote you sooner but was in hopes I coud
have prevailed on her to take a Jant your
way before this, however finds I cant
make it ↑out↑ as the thoughts of what she
suffered when with you sitts heavie on
her --- When you are at Mussellbrugh &
have time will be glad you inquer for
Jeanie --- Mrs Mclaws says you promised
to order her something for her Scurbutich
dissorder
She has been confined 2 or 3
days with a [Rose?] in her Leg but its going off
when you have time will be much obliged
to you to send her directions how to do


Its near three weeks since I took my
2d dose of powders which brought me
much down indeed I was weaker three
or four days after it than next day tho
always a good stomach but by the
extraordinary heat of the weather the



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latter end of last week & beginning of this I swett for 2
or three nights
near as much as when I took the powders
but the two last nights have been more moderate & I
find my self better indeed freer the pains have been more
moderate ever since I took last powders --- Yesterday &
this day we have had thunder & Rain which has prevented
me from a Ride round our Coast here but intends it
whenever the weather takes up again & hopes it will
be of Service to me if not will write you when I come
home.- When I am in hopes to prevaill on Mrs Neilso[n]
to take a Jant some other way which I am convinced
will be of Service to us both ---- Pray let me
know what you have paid for Coach hire for Mrs
Neilson that I may order it to be paid you I am


Dear Sir
Your Most humble Servant
Robt. Neilson



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Doctor Cullen
Edinburgh


Mr Neilson of
Paisley.
July 20th 1779.

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Dear Sir
Paisley July 20th 1779


My poor Peggy gott the end
of her troubles last wedensday, for
a few days before her Death the Looseness
increased on her but for some weeks I knew
her weaker every day but ever since she
came west she was free of violent Pains
which was a great Comfort to her Mother &
every body abt her thank God she has
stood it pritty well, complaining a litle of
a pain like a Stich in her side at times
I suppose oweing to Cold - I woud have
wrote you sooner but was in hopes I coud
have prevailed on her to take a Jant your
way before this, however finds I cant
make it ↑out↑ as the thoughts of what she
suffered when with you sitts heavie on
her --- When you are at Mussellbrugh &
have time will be glad you inquer for
Jeanie --- Mrs Mclaws says you promised
to order her something for her Scurbutich
dissorder
She has been confined 2 or 3
days wt a [Rose?] in her Leg but its going off
when you have time will be much obliged
to you to send her directions how to do


Its near three weeks since I took my
2d dose of powders which brought me
much down indeed I was weaker three
or four days after it than next day tho
always a good stomach but by the
extraordinary heat of the weather the



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latter end of last week & beginning of this I swett for 2
or three nights
near as much as when I took the powders
but the two last nights have been more moderate & I
find my self better indeed freer the pains have been more
moderate ever since I took last powders --- Yesterday &
this day we have had thunder & Rain which has prevented
me from a Ride round our Coast here but intends it
whenever the weather takes up again & hopes it will
be of Service to me if not will write you when I come
home.- When I am in hopes to prevaill on Mrs Neilso[n]
to take a Jant some other way which I am convinced
will be of Service to us both ---- Pray let me
know what you have paid for Coach hire for Mrs
Neilson that I may order it to be paid you I am


Dear Sir
Your Most huble. Servt
Robt. Neilson



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Doctor Cullen
Edinburgh


Mr Neilson of
Paisley.
July 20th 1779.

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