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

 

[ID:2230] From: Earl Dunbar Douglas (Hamilton) (Lord Selkirk, 4th Earl of Selkirk) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Lord Basil William Douglas (Lord Daer) (Patient), Lady Mary Douglas (Patient), Helen Douglas (Patient), Elizabeth Douglas (Eliza) (Patient), Katherine Douglas (Patient) / 11 June 1782 / (Incoming)

Letter from the Earl of Selkirk concerning his son, Lord Daer, and his other children. He asks Cullen to write to Lady Selkirk at St Mary's Isle with advice on a 'way of managing the influenza'.

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FieldData
DOC ID 2230
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1299
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date11 June 1782
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 the Earl of Selkirk concerning his son, Lord Daer, and his other children. He asks Cullen to write to Lady Selkirk at St Mary's Isle with advice on a 'way of managing the influenza'.
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
[Case ID:1528]
Case of the children of Lord and Lady Selkirk who are at risk of influenza.
3


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:886]AuthorEarl Dunbar Douglas (Lord Selkirk, 4th Earl of Selkirk)
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2293]Patient Katherine Douglas
[PERS ID:1070]PatientLady Mary Douglas
[PERS ID:885]PatientLord Basil William Douglas (Lord Daer)
[PERS ID:2291]Patient Helen Douglas
[PERS ID:2292]Patient Elizabeth Douglas (Eliza)
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:3222]Other Physician / SurgeonMr Alexander Maxwell
[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:1068]Other John Douglas
[PERS ID:1069]Other Alexander Douglas
[PERS ID:1071]Other Dunbar Douglas
[PERS ID:1072]OtherEarl Thomas Douglas (5th Earl of Selkirk)
[PERS ID:1073]Other John Maxwell (of Terraughtie and Munshes)

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Dumfries Borders Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter Cullen's House / Mint Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other London London and South-East England Europe certain
Mentioned / Other St Mary's Isle Borders Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Berkeley Square London London and South-East England Europe certain

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Dumfries the 11th of June
1782
Dear Sir


I give you this trouble to beg you
will as soon as possible write to Lady Selkirk
at St Mary's Isle by Dumfries: & inform her what is
the proper things to be attended to, & way of
managing the Influenza in case it gets
into our place, or family. It is very frequent
here, & some people confined to bed with
fever & sore throat, & their breast affected: &
cough much.


You may be sure I am anxious lest it
should attack Daer: so pray write about him.


I saw an old scholar of yours last night from
London mr Alexander Maxwell Surgeon, son to
Terraughte: he said few escaped it, & those who
were most Doctord were worst. That it affected
Head throat & breast, with fever, & cough: that as
much quietness as possible was good, some glasses
of Port, & the warm bath. He himself has it
very much in point of cough: for indeed



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he coughd most excessively: but he had not followed the above
rules, for he posted here, & drank freely with his old friends
here. But his cough terrify'd me when I thought of Daer,
so pray write soon & particularly. Daer has been vastly
well since we got home.


I am this far on my road to London where I mean
to make a very short stay: I expect to see my other
four boys there or in its {illeg} (↑neighbourhood↑), so I would wish
to have a line from you to the same effect there: but
as I dont yet know where I shall Lodge, pray be so good as
inclose it under cover to mr Andrew Stewart Berkley Square.

I am Sir your most obedient humble Servant
Selkirk


To Dr Cullen




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To
Dr Cullen
Mint
Edinburgh


Lord Selkirk
C the Influenza
June 1782
VXIV. p.106

Diplomatic Text

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Dumfries the 11th of June
1782
Dear Sir


I give you this trouble to beg you
will as soon as possible write to Lady Selkirk
at St: M: Isle by Dumfries: & inform her what is
the proper things to be attended to, & way of
managing the Influenza in case it gets
into our place, or family. It is very frequent
here, & some people confined to bed with
fever & sore throat, & their breast affected: &
cough much.


You may be sure I am anxious lest it
should attack Daer: so pray write about him.


I saw an old scholar of yours last night from
London mr Alexr Maxwell Surgeon, son to
Terraughte: he said few escaped it, & those who
were most Doctord were worst. That it affected
Head throat & breast, with fever, & cough: that as
much quietness as possible was good, some glasses
of Port, & the warm bath. He himself has it
very much in point of cough: for indeed



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he coughd most excessively: but he had not followed the above
rules, for he posted here, & drank freely with his old friends
here. But his cough terrify'd me when I thought of Daer,
so pray write soon & particularly. Daer has been vastly
well since we got home.


I am this far on my road to London where I mean
to make a very short stay: I expect to see my other
four boys there or in its {illeg} (↑neighbourhood↑), so I would wish
to have a line from you to the same effect there: but
as I dont yet know where I shall Lodge, pray be so good as
inclose it under cover to mr Andrew Stewart Berkley Square.

I am Sir your most obedt. humble Servt.
Selkirk


To Dr Cullen




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To
Dr Cullen
Mint
Edinr


Lord Selkirk
C the Influenza
June 1782
VXIV. p.106

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