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

 

[ID:1838] From: Lord Basil William Douglas (Lord Daer) / To: [ADDRESSEE UNKNOWN] / Regarding: Lord Basil William Douglas (Lord Daer) (Patient) / 10 April 1780 / (Incoming)

Notes from Lord Daer's letters home concerning the state of his health, probably made by Lady and Lord Selkirk.

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DOC ID 1838
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/917b
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date10 April 1780
Annotation None
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Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Notes from Lord Daer's letters home concerning the state of his health, probably made by Lady and Lord Selkirk.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:364]
Case of Lord Daer (Basil Douglas), whose symptoms leave his family concerned that he may have consumption.
7


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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:885]AuthorLord Basil William Douglas (Lord Daer)
[PERS ID:885]PatientLord Basil William Douglas (Lord Daer)
[PERS ID:887]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Fordyce (Sir William Fordyce)
[PERS ID:1015]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr John Marissal
[PERS ID:886]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendEarl Dunbar Douglas (Lord Selkirk, 4th Earl of Selkirk)
[PERS ID:1017]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendLady Helen Douglas (Lady Selkirk)
[PERS ID:1013]OtherMrs Anna Letitia Barbauld
[PERS ID:1016]OtherReverend Rochmont Barbauld
[PERS ID:1017]Supplemental AuthorLady Helen Douglas (Lady Selkirk)
[PERS ID:886]Supplemental AuthorEarl Dunbar Douglas (Lord Selkirk, 4th Earl of Selkirk)

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Mentioned / Other London London and South-East England Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Norwich East England Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Palgrave East England Europe certain

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On the 31st. of January Daer wrote that he had a cold &
a very little cough, which he had had about a fortnight.


February 11th he writes, I have not been of late well, for more
than a fortnight past, I have been somewhat feverish, but
very slightly; I was advised by a Mr Marissal (a brother
in Law of Mrs Barbaulds, who till about half a year ago
lived in London as a Surgeon) to take some Magnesia & nitre,
which I have done all along in very small quantitys.
Mr Marissal is a sensible man, as well as skillfull in his
profession; he now lives in Palgrave, & has been so good as
to take notice of me ever since he came, & to give me his
advice when (↑since↑) I have not been quite well. Not quite a week
ago, I became one night a good deal feverish, & got scarce any
sleep
. Since then till yesterday I was very languid & tired, &
continued feverish; but I found my self finely yesterday, &
to day I think I am quite well. I dont know if I shall continue
to take any more of the powders, they are very slight fever pow¬
ders
, & operate as phisic, hardly twice a day. Mr Marissall told
me, I should eat {illeg} a good many oranges & aples now, as they
might do me good.


February 16, Douglas writes a letter, & Daer adds, I just write
this to tell you I have been very well ever since I wrote last.


February 26, Daer writes, in answer to a letter from My Lord,
recomending care & consulting Dr Fordyce, if his complaints
continued. He writes, I have been very well ever since I wrote



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till yesterday, when I found myself, a little indifferent,
but my cough has never returned since I wrote last; I
found myself ruled by the weather a good deal, as the
snow & frost went, I grew better well, & we had a few fine
days till yesterday when it became cold, & last night & today
have been excessive sharp & windy. Last night was quite a storm,
& at night I was hot, but am finely I think now, tho Mr Mariss¬
all thinks I have a little feverishness, tho very little. It was
intirely gone from the time I wrote (on the 11th I think) till
yesterday. Should I grow worse or my cough return, Dr Fordyce
shall be wrote to, Mr Marissal seems convinced that in that
case it would do me good to be bled, I now take some more of
the powders.


March 1st he writes, I think I am now much better than I was,
I was bled on monday, not that I was worse, but that I was
not quite well, I lost about 8 ounces. I am much more myself
ever since, & I sleep well. Mr Marissal yesterday told me my
pulse was better than ever it had been since I was not quite
well, & to day I am better than I was yesterday.


March 13th he writes. I thought before this to have told you I
was well, but I find I must wait a little longer tho I am
now much better than I was. I shall tell you as well as I can
recolect how I have been ever since I was bled, (which was on monday
the 28) I was better every day & I slept well till Thursday, a little
feverish, (owing we supposed to a fresh cold) it continued till
sunday. But I slept well, till sunday night, I did not sleep well



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& perspired. I found my self very tired & lay till nine & continued in a
perspiration, & after I got up I was very tired, but soon found myself
almost quite well, & in the afternoon (for I always go then to Mr
Marissal) I had scarce any fever. So Mr M: did not write to Dr
Fordyce, as he thought on sunday to have done. I slept well, was
better & better, on wednesday had no fever, till saturday a litle & did
not sleep so well, yesterday no fever, & today I find my self quite
well. This was monday the 13th he adds, since I was bled I was forbid
all flesh, butter, eggs, so I have lived on pudding, sago, tarts & blamange
but I have not found myself weaker in working than usual; but
I take care not to over [heat?] myself.


upon the 20th. of March mrs Barbauld, (who is the School
Masters Wife,) wrote that in consequence of a letter I had
wrote, desiring them to write to Dr. William Fordyce
in London in case Daers complaints continued, that
accordingly mr Marissal had wrote last post, & when the
answer came she would write again. ---- She says that
the cold had been caught in the Christmass Holidays, it was
attended with a cough which very soon went off, but a
small degree of feverishness has been hanging about him
at intervals ever since, so that considering the delicacy
of Lord Daers constitution, Dr. F: was wrote to. - She adds,
We hope this step will not will not occasion any un¬
necessary alarm, for tho the continuance of the disor¬
der seems to render medical advice proper, yet it is
in itself exceeding slight. It has never confined him
a day from business, nor taken away his appetite; he has
often appeard quite well for a time. She says they hope when
the weather is better, riding out may be of service, & take off
that languor he now feels, & that the utmost attention has
& shall be given to every circumstance of the disorder.



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Upon the 29th. She writes, Dr. Fordyce approved of
what had been done, advised a repetition of bleeding
if the circumstances seems to require it, & a continuance
of the Milk & vegetable diet, till the Symptoms were
subsided. He ordered besides some medicines, said he
thought his case was a nice one, & advised if his Dis¬
order should increase, the sending for a Physician from
Norwich, & recommended a Dr. Murray. We expect
daily another letter from Dr. F- for he said he was just
come from the country & wrote in a hurry, & meant to
consider the case more fully. --- I wish I could say Lord
Daer was better than when I wrote last, but unfortu¬
nately he has caught something of a fresh cold, & is
more feverish.


On the 1st. of April, She writes, --- that Daer was
much better, He has been bled, & to day has very little,
scarce any fever, & mr Marissal thought him well -
enough to ride out had the weather been favourable;
had another letter from Dr. F--- he recommends the same
diet, & strict abstinence from Animal food. - We have got
him asses Milk, he has had a return of his cough since the
last cold, but only a slight one, & not attended with any
pain in the side, & as things stand now, mr Marissal sees
not the least occasion for a Dr. from Norwich, a step Dr. F.
left to his Discretion, tho I should observe the Dr. seemd
to understand Lord Daers complaint as worse than mr Maris¬
sal meant to represent it. --- He has never intermitted
business more than one afternoon nor been confined
to the house.

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]


On the 31st. of January Daer wrote that he had a cold &
a very little cough, which he had had about a fortnight.


Feb: 11th he writes, I have not been of late well, for more
than a fortnight past, I have been somewhat feverish, but
very slightly; I was advised by a Mr Marissal (a brother
in Law of Mrs Barbaulds, who till about half a year ago
lived in London as a Surgeon) to take some Magnesia & nitre,
which I have done all along in very small quantitys.
Mr Marissal is a sensible man, as well as skillfull in his
profession; he now lives in Palgrave, & has been so good as
to take notice of me ever since he came, & to give me his
advice when (↑since↑) I have not been quite well. Not quite a week
ago, I became one night a good deal feverish, & got scarce any
sleep
. Since then till yesterday I was very languid & tired, &
continued feverish; but I found my self finely yesterday, &
to day I think I am quite well. I dont know if I shall continue
to take any more of the powders, they are very slight fever pow¬
ders
, & operate as phisic, hardly twice a day. Mr Marissall told
me, I should eat {illeg} a good many oranges & aples now, as they
might do me good.


Feb: 16, Douglas writes a letter, & Daer adds, I just write
this to tell you I have been very well ever since I wrote last.


Feb: 26, Daer writes, in answer to a letter from My Lord,
recomending care & consulting Dr Fordyce, if his complaints
continued. He writes, I have been very well ever since I wrote



[Page 3]

till yesterday, when I found myself, a little indifferent,
but my cough has never returned since I wrote last; I
found myself ruled by the weather a good deal, as the
snow & frost went, I grew better well, & we had a few fine
days till yesterday when it became cold, & last night & today
have been excessive sharp & windy. Last night was quite a storm,
& at night I was hot, but am finely I think now, tho Mr Mariss¬
all thinks I have a little feverishness, tho very little. It was
intirely gone from the time I wrote (on the 11th I think) till
yesterday. Should I grow worse or my cough return, Dr Fordyce
shall be wrote to, Mr Marissal seems convinced that in that
case it would do me good to be bled, I now take some more of
the powders.


March 1st he writes, I think I am now much better than I was,
I was bled on monday, not that I was worse, but that I was
not quite well, I lost about 8 ounces. I am much more myself
ever since, & I sleep well. Mr Marissal yesterday told me my
pulse was better than ever it had been since I was not quite
well, & to day I am better than I was yesterday.


March 13th he writes. I thought before this to have told you I
was well, but I find I must wait a little longer tho I am
now much better than I was. I shall tell you as well as I can
recolect how I have been ever since I was bled, (which was on monday
the 28) I was better every day & I slept well till Thursday, a little
feverish, (owing we supposed to a fresh cold) it continued till
sunday. But I slept well, till sunday night, I did not sleep well



[Page 3]

& perspired. I found my self very tired & lay till nine & continued in a
perspiration, & after I got up I was very tired, but soon found myself
almost quite well, & in the afternoon (for I always go then to Mr
Marissal) I had scarce any fever. So Mr M: did not write to Dr
Fordyce, as he thought on sunday to have done. I slept well, was
better & better, on wednesday had no fever, till saturday a litle & did
not sleep so well, yesterday no fever, & today I find my self quite
well. This was monday the 13th he adds, since I was bled I was forbid
all flesh, butter, eggs, so I have lived on pudding, sago, tarts & blamange
but I have not found myself weaker in working than usual; but
I take care not to over [heat?] myself.


upon the 20th. of March mrs Barbauld, (who is the School
Masters Wife,) wrote that in consequence of a letter I had
wrote, desiring them to write to Dr. Wm. Fordyce
in London in case Daers complaints continued, that
accordingly mr Marissal had wrote last post, & when the
answer came she would write again. ---- She says that
the cold had been caught in the Christmass Holidays, it was
attended with a cough which very soon went off, but a
small degree of feverishness has been hanging about him
at intervals ever since, so that considering the delicacy
of Ld: Daers constitution, Dr. F: was wrote to. - She adds,
We hope this step will not will not occasion any un¬
necessary alarm, for tho the continuance of the disor¬
der seems to render medical advice proper, yet it is
in itself exceeding slight. It has never confined him
a day from business, nor taken away his appetite; he has
often appeard quite well for a time. She says they hope when
the weather is better, riding out may be of service, & take off
that languor he now feels, & that the utmost attention has
& shall be given to every circumstance of the disorder.



[Page 4]

Upon the 29th. She writes, Dr. Fordyce approved of
what had been done, advised a repetition of bleeding
if the circumstances seems to require it, & a continuance
of the Milk & vegetable diet, till the Symptoms were
subsided. He ordered besides some medicines, said he
thought his case was a nice one, & advised if his Dis¬
order should increase, the sending for a Physician from
Norwich, & recommended a Dr. Murray. We expect
daily another letter from Dr. F- for he said he was just
come from the country & wrote in a hurry, & meant to
consider the case more fully. --- I wish I could say Ld:
Daer was better than when I wrote last, but unfortu¬
nately he has caught something of a fresh cold, & is
more feverish.


On the 1st. of April, She writes, --- that Daer was
much better, He has been bled, & to day has very little,
scarce any fever, & mr Marissal thought him well -
enough to ride out had the weather been favourable;
had another letter from Dr. F--- he recommends the same
diet, & strict abstinence from Animal food. - We have got
him asses Milk, he has had a return of his cough since the
last cold, but only a slight one, & not attended with any
pain in the side, & as things stand now, mr Marissal sees
not the least occasion for a Dr. from Norwich, a step Dr. F.
left to his Discretion, tho I should observe the Dr. seemd
to understand Ld: Daers complaint as worse than mr Maris¬
sal meant to represent it. --- He has never intermitted
business more than one afternoon nor been confined
to the house.

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