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

 

[ID:1981] From: Dr Trevor Jones / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Miss Carter (Patient) / 26 February 1781 / (Incoming)

Letter from Trevor Jones concerning the case of Miss Carter. He mentions also sending some St Winifred's moss (a type of liverwort) to 'Mr Cullen', 'but fear it was spoiled before you received it' and discusses his plans to set up practice in Lincoln. It seems likely the plant specimen was intended for Henry Cullen who was a keen botanist.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 1981
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1059
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date26 February 1781
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 Trevor Jones concerning the case of Miss Carter. He mentions also sending some St Winifred's moss (a type of liverwort) to 'Mr Cullen', 'but fear it was spoiled before you received it' and discusses his plans to set up practice in Lincoln. It seems likely the plant specimen was intended for Henry Cullen who was a keen botanist.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1394]
Case of Miss Carter a young girl with menstrual problems.
1


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:3964]AuthorDr Trevor Jones
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:3965]PatientMiss Carter
[PERS ID:3964]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Trevor Jones
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:3967]Other Physician / SurgeonDr Petrie
[PERS ID:3974]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Carter
[PERS ID:544]OtherDr Henry Cullen (Harry, Dr Henry, "the young doctor" )
[PERS ID:3972]OtherLord Brownlow
[PERS ID:743]OtherMrs Anna Cullen
[PERS ID:3973]OtherMr Banks
[PERS ID:3975]OtherMajor Johnston
[PERS ID:3968]OtherMr Philip Yorke
[PERS ID:3970]OtherMrs Elizabeth Yorke ('the sister of Lord Brownlow')

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing 7 Howard Street, Strand London London and South-East England Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Lincoln Midlands England Europe certain

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London 26 February 1781
Dear Sir


I wrote and inclosed some of St Winifred's
moss for you in a cover to Mr Cullen, 1 but
fear it was spoiled before you received it.


I beg leave to relate a circumstance belonging to
Miss Carter. She does not enter her 13th year till
April, yet she has had the menstrual discharge
since August last. The discharge has never been
large, nor regular. In the beginning not more
than a Table spoonful since then less and less
every time, and now without color
, attended
the preceding morning with sickness, pain at
the stomach and sometimes a slight headach.


The second eruption was five weeks after the
first; afterwards, irregularly 3, 4, 6, 8, but gener¬
ally 14 days intervened
. She has frequently a
lassitude and desire to lie down which I permitted
seldomn fails bringing on a headach.


She uses exercise, sometimes before breakfast
in the park, sometimes after, and finds her less apt to be sick.




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I have abstained from medicine, either to
assist, or check the flow as of dangerous tenden¬
cy particularly the latter. but mean to
give either a slight Infusion of Bark and
Bitters, or small doses of Bark in substance,
as a means of removing the morning sickness.


Her diet is full as usual; which I think is the
great cause of the sickness at stomach &c
I shall wait without proceeding father till
I have the pleasure of your instructions.


Sometime ago I intended, and now shall
take the liberty of communicating a plan
I can not adopt without your approba¬
tion. Lincoln has been proposed to me as
a likely place to succeed in. Though there
are four physicians, the business [centers?]
in Dr Petrie only, the Town is large and
the country extensive, with many populous
Towns about. Dr Petrie is advancing
in years, but has good health; and has made money
Dr Petries good health and establishment may
be strong objections, but objections will start
to every place.




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Mr Carter lives about 18 miles off and has
promised me his services and assistance;
and through his recommendations and intro¬
ductions while on a visit to him I have made
many friends and an extensive acquain¬
tance. Mr Yorke another good friend of mine
has married the sister of Lord Brownlaw who
lives on the other side, and will do what lies
in his power to recommend me to his Lord¬
ship. I am promised letters to Mr Banks
and many others.


I hope you will pardon the liberty
but I believe I am induced from the {illeg}
instances of friendship I have experienced
at your hands. I hope Mrs Cullen and
all the family together with Major Johnston
and his, remain in good health, to all
of whom I beg my best Respects, and
be assured I am with the greatest esteem
Dear Sir,


Your Most obliged and
faithful Servant
Trevor Jones

No 7
Howard Street
Strand



[Page 4]


Dr Cullen
Edinburgh


Dr T. Jones
Concerning Miss Carter
February 1781.

Notes:

1: The liverwort Chiloscyphus Polyathos. 'Mr Cullen' is probably the physician's son Henry who shared his father's keen interest in botany. This plant has not been traditionally employed as medicine in Britain.

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
London 26 Feby 1781
Dear Sir


I wrote and inclosed some of St Winifred's
moss for you in a cover to Mr Cullen, 1 but
fear it was spoiled before you received it.


I beg leave to relate a circumstance belonging to
Miss Carter. She does not enter her 13th year till
April, yet she has had the menstrual discharge
since August last. The discharge has never been
large, nor regular. In the beginning not more
than a Table spoonful since then less and less
every time, and now without color
, attended
the preceding morning with sickness, pain at
the stomach and sometimes a slight headach.


The second eruption was five weeks after the
first; afterwards, irregularly 3, 4, 6, 8, but gener¬
ally 14 days intervened
. She has frequently a
lassitude and desire to lie down which I permitted
seldomn fails bringing on a headach.


She uses exercise, sometimes before breakfast
in the park, sometimes after, and finds her less apt to be sick.




[Page 2]


I have abstained from medicine, either to
assist, or check the flow as of dangerous tenden¬
cy particularly the latter. but mean to
give either a slight Infusion of Bark and
Bitters, or small doses of Bark in substance,
as a means of removing the morning sickness.


Her diet is full as usual; which I think is the
great cause of the sickness at stomach &c
I shall wait without proceeding father till
I have the pleasure of your instructions.


Sometime ago I intended, and now shall
take the liberty of communicating a plan
I can not adopt without your approba¬
tion. Lincoln has been proposed to me as
a likely place to succeed in. Though there
are four physicians, the business [centers?]
in Dr Petrie only, the Town is large and
the country extensive, with many populous
Towns about. Dr Petrie is advancing
in years, but has good health; and has made money
Dr Petries good health and establishment may
be strong objections, but objections will start
to every place.




[Page 3]


Mr Carter lives about 18 miles off and has
promised me his services and assistance;
and through his recommendations and intro¬
ductions while on a visit to him I have made
many friends and an extensive acquain¬
tance. Mr Yorke another good friend of mine
has married the sister of Lord Brownlaw who
lives on the other side, and will do what lies
in his power to recommend me to his Lord¬
ship. I am promised letters to Mr Banks
and many others.


I hope you will pardon the liberty
but I believe I am induced from the {illeg}
instances of friendship I have experienced
at your hands. I hope Mrs Cullen and
all the family together with Major Johnston
and his, remain in good health, to all
of whom I beg my best Respects, and
be assured I am with the greatest esteem
Dear Sir,


Your Most obliged and
faithful Servant
Trevor Jones

No 7
Howard Street
Strand



[Page 4]


Dr Cullen
Edinburgh


Dr T. Jones
C Miss Carter
Feb. 1781.

Notes:

1: The liverwort Chiloscyphus Polyathos. 'Mr Cullen' is probably the physician's son Henry who shared his father's keen interest in botany. This plant has not been traditionally employed as medicine in Britain.

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