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

 

[ID:1969] From: Dr Andrew Wilson / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: [A matter not directly regarding a patient] / 20 January 1781 / (Incoming)

Letter from Andrew Wilson, concerning a sense of personal insult over Cullen's handling of the joint consultations regarding the serious case of Mr Archibald.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 1969
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1048
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date20 January 1781
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
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Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from Andrew Wilson, concerning a sense of personal insult over Cullen's handling of the joint consultations regarding the serious case of Mr Archibald.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:940]
Case of Mr Archibald who is in a dangerous condition with blood-spitting, cough and fever.
5


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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:2792]AuthorDr Andrew Wilson
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2792]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Andrew Wilson
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:89]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryProfessor Alexander Monro (secundus; Munro )
[PERS ID:571]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Christopher Douglas (of Kelso)
[PERS ID:2786]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryMr Archibald

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Place of Writing Kelso Borders Scotland Europe inferred
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Kelso Borders Scotland Europe certain

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Dear Sir


I was at Mr Archibalds last Thursday
When Your letter to Mr Davidson and answer to Dr Douglas and ↑mine↑
arrived. However much I have ever rejected the ↑Idea↑ of Soliciting the
Unvoluntary attention of any man, Yet on this occasion so Conspi¬
cuous and glaring a neglect, Claims that in justice to myself I
should take Occasion to represent my extreme surprise ↑on Perceiving↑ in these letters
scarce the shadow of notice taken of my name, but a seeming Confiden¬
tial reference to the sole Opinion of another, in matters where you
knew I was equaly Concerned, and an approbation of measures as
having originate with an individual, which you likewise knew, and
Mr Archibald and his friends were concious you knew, to be the re¬
sult of a mutual opinion -- In Mr Davidsons letter you say, that
"you leave certain future directions Concerning Mr Archibald, entirely
"to Dr Douglas's direction- Again you say "that Dr Douglas's Electuary
"is a medicine you approve of &c. &c. in short on Every occasion the affair
is made altogether his, as if no one Else was Concerned. Even in
your answer to our joint letter your adress in material things
is entirely and individualy to Dr Douglas, Only at last indeed you
send Compliments to me - Now Sir let one only ask you, what
must naturaly be the Effect of all this on Spectators! Dr Douglas
and I live in Very good terms, but let me desire of you, for a mo¬
ment to place yourself in similar Circumstances with me, and say
whether you would not consider so particular an adress to one
of two individuals, who have from the begining been equaly con¬
cerned. And without whose joint advice and Concurrence, not a
single step has been taken, As an Oblique reflection on the reputation
of the other.- Tho on the present occasion this is an effect, which




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from the Partiality of Mr Archibald and his friends. I am happy
I Can set at defiance, Yet I must take [it?] upon me sir the liberty of
Calling to your attention the impropriety, not to say more, when a
freind is to ↑be↑ served, of doing it either directly or indirectly at
the expense of another--


[Concerns?] however that an air of Neglect from Dr Cullen
is a Circumstance totaly unmerited on my part, and Convinced
that from the Character, whose dignity I have ever been accostom'd
to look up to with respect and great esteem, an unhandsome [offer?]
Could not realy be intended, I flatter myself that the thing is
rather to be attributed to accident, then design, Its Effects however
might have been the same, And tho I most willingly impute
it to this cause, yet Could I not Omitt, in justice to myself,
representing the Circumstances, and appearance of the whole;
not doubting that your candour will view it in its just light,
which I am Convinced will be a perfect security against any
similar oversight- But it is time to be done with a Subject,
which you may Perhaps find troublesome, and which I find
equaly hurting either to be under the necessity of taking notice
of; Or passing over in total silence-


As to poor Mr Archibald, his disease gradualy gains
upon him, He had a fresh attack of Hemoptoe on Thursday Evening,
accompanyed with Conciderable Fever, Saline draughts And an
emollient Glister however, apparently had the effect of cooling
him, The Hemoptoe abated and he rested will in the Night,
since which time the Fever and Cough have been very moderate,
with Only some times a little Blood in his Spitting but nothing
Purulent;
Rested well last night also, with the help of an Opiate
and this morning he began to use the Vitriolic Acid, mixed in
an infusion of Peruvian Bark. And this we think of exhibiting
in a large quantitys as his Stomach will easely Carry. His strength



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however is less
, And Upon the whole he is losing ground--


If any thing farther that is material occurrs, we shall write
you, and Dr Monro in a few days


I am with Sincere respect, Sir
your most Obedient Humble Servant
Andrew Wilson

Kelso
Saturday January 20th 1781



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Doctor Cullen
Edinburgh


Mr A. Wilson Concerning
Mr Archibald.
January 1781.
V. XI. p. 139.

Diplomatic Text

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Dear Sir


I was at Mr Archibalds last Thursday
When Your letter to Mr Davidson and answer to Dr Douglas and ↑mine↑
arrived. However much I have ever rejected the ↑Idea↑ of Soliciting the
Unvoluntary attention of any man, Yet on this occasion so Conspi¬
cuous and glaring a neglect, Claims that in justice to myself I
should take Occasion to represent my extreme surprise ↑on Perceiving↑ in these letters
scarce the shadow of notice taken of my name, but a seeming Confiden¬
tial reference to the sole Opinion of another, in matters where you
knew I was equaly Concerned, and an approbation of measures as
having originate with an individual, which you likewise knew, and
Mr Archibald and his friends were concious you knew, to be the re¬
sult of a mutual opinion -- In Mr Davidsons letter you say, that
"you leave certain future directions Concerning Mr Archd:, entirely
"to Dr Douglas's direction- Again you say "that Dr Douglas's Electuary
"is a medicine you approve of &c. &c. in short on Every occasion the affair
is made altogether his, as if no one Else was Concerned. Even in
your answer to our joint letter your adress in material things
is entirely and individualy to Dr Douglas, Only at last indeed you
send Compliments to me - Now Sir let one only ask you, what
must naturaly be the Effect of all this on Spectators! Dr Douglas
and I live in Very good terms, but let me desire of you, for a mo¬
ment to place yourself in similar Circumstances with me, and say
whether you would not consider so particular an adress to one
of two individuals, who have from the begining been equaly con¬
cerned. And without whose joint advice and Concurrence, not a
single step has been taken, As an Oblique reflection on the reputation
of the other.- Tho on the present occasion this is an effect, which




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from the Partiality of Mr Archibald and his friends. I am happy
I Can set at defiance, Yet I must take [it?] upon me sir the liberty of
Calling to your attention the impropriety, not to say more, when a
freind is to ↑be↑ served, of doing it either directly or indirectly at
the expense of another--


[Concerns?] however that an air of Neglect from Dr Cullen
is a Circumstance totaly unmerited on my part, and Convinced
that from the Character, whose dignity I have ever been accostom'd
to look up to with respect and great esteem, an unhandsome [offer?]
Could not realy be intended, I flatter myself that the thing is
rather to be attributed to accident, then design, Its Effects however
might have been the same, And tho I most willingly impute
it to this cause, yet Could I not Omitt, in justice to myself,
representing the Circumstances, and appearance of the whole;
not doubting that your candour will view it in its just light,
which I am Convinced will be a perfect security against any
similar oversight- But it is time to be done with a Subject,
which you may Perhaps find troublesome, and which I find
equaly hurting either to be under the necessity of taking notice
of; Or passing over in total silence-


As to poor Mr Archibald, his disease gradualy gains
upon him, He had a fresh attack of Hemoptoe on Thursday Evening,
accompanyed with Conciderable Fever, Saline draughts And an
emollient Glister however, apparently had the effect of cooling
him, The Hemoptoe abated and he rested will in the Night,
since which time the Fever and Cough have been very moderate,
with Only some times a little Blood in his Spitting but nothing
Purulent;
Rested well last night also, with the help of an Opiate
and this morning he began to use the Vitriolic Acid, mixed in
an infusion of Peruvian Bark. And this we think of exhibiting
in a large quantitys as his Stomach will easely Carry. His strength



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however is less
, And Upon the whole he is losing ground--


If any thing farther that is material occurrs, we shall write
you, and Dr Monro in a few days


I am with Sincere respect, Sir
your most Obedient Hum: Servant
Andrew Wilson

Kelso
Saturday Jany 20th 1781



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Doctor Cullen
Edin:


Mr A. Wilson C
Mr Archibald.
Janry 1781.
V. XI. p. 139.

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