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[ID:2319] From: Reverend Duncan Shaw (Dr Shaw; of Rafford; later of Aberdeen) / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Miss Mary Shaw (Patient), Miss Anna Shaw (Patient) / 17 September 1783 / (Incoming)

Letter from Duncan Shaw, minister at Rafford. He informs Cullen of the death of his daughter [Anna], after Dr Dougal wrote to Cullen about her case, and of the deaths of several of his other children; he is currently concerned about another, his daughter Mary.

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FieldData
DOC ID 2319
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1376
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date17 September 1783
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
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Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from Duncan Shaw, minister at Rafford. He informs Cullen of the death of his daughter [Anna], after Dr Dougal wrote to Cullen about her case, and of the deaths of several of his other children; he is currently concerned about another, his daughter Mary.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1630]
Case of Miss Mary Shaw who has a hectic fever.
2
[Case ID:2539]
Case of Anna Shaw, who dies of consumption.
2


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:5494]AuthorReverend Duncan Shaw (Dr Shaw; of Rafford; later of Aberdeen)
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:5493]PatientMiss Mary Shaw
[PERS ID:5694]PatientMiss Anna Shaw
[PERS ID:1]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:2493]Patient's Physician / Surgeon / ApothecaryDr Hugh Dougall (Dougal)
[PERS ID:5494]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendReverend Duncan Shaw (Dr Shaw; of Rafford; later of Aberdeen)
[PERS ID:5495]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMrs Jean Shaw
[PERS ID:5694]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMiss Anna Shaw

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Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Rafford East Highlands Scotland Europe inferred
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred

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Dear Sir,


I was extremeley glad to hear by my Friend
Dr Adam, who will deliver this to you & was lately
in that Country, that you & family were well, & it is
my most sincere wish that you & they may long
continue so.


Sometime ago, Dr Dougal sent you the case of my
of one of my Daughters, then under his care. Gra¬
titude requires my most thankful acknowledg¬
ments, for your very friendly advice with respect
to her-- How soon it came, it was most punctually
followed-- But, alas! your conjecture as to the state
of her lungs was but too well founded, for soon
after, she dyed.-- It has pleased God, of late, to afflict
me by the Death of several of my Children, & alas!
I began to entertain no small fears of another of
them, concerning whom I by leave to ask your
advice, from the confidence I have of the continu¬
ance of your friendship, to which I have been so
often obliged before, in similar cases.- The gene¬
ous frankness, with which you was pleased to
give it, encouraged me to ask it again, & at the



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same time to hope you will readily pardon the
trouble I presume to give you. Subjoined is a plain
state of her Case.- I would have caused Dr Dougal
draw it up, but was affraid to alarm her with the
Questions he must necessarily have put to her for in¬
formation.- But from what I have wrote, you will,
I hope, undertstand her situation- I am, with most
Esteem, Dear Sir

Your much Obliged & most Humble Servant
Duncan Shaw

Rafford,
September 17th
1783

Case of Mary Shaw, Daughter of Dr Shaw, Mi¬
nister of Rafford.--


She is a Girl of near 19 years of age,- has
always had a fine Constitution, & still within
these few weeks, enjoyed an almost uninterrup¬
ted state of health.- About a month ago, she
complained, at one time, of a shivering, & at another
time, of a glowing heat, all over her Body. This
we, at first, concluded to be no more than the Heat of
a slight cold she might have got.- But, these



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Symptoms continuing, she was vomited & blooded
with Leeches
, for, to the Operation of the Lancet, she
has an unconquerable aversion.- In a few days
after these symptoms appeared, she was seized with
a tickling, short, cough, &, in a few days more,
with a pain in her right side, & some swellings
in the mornings- And then she told us, that she
had, for some time past, felt, what she calls, a
Wheeze in her Breast, when she lay on her back
in Bed, which may be said to have given her ra¬
ther an uneasy sensation, than great pain--
These symptoms determined the application of a
Blister betwixt her Shoulders, about ten days
ago. It wrought well & is still kept open. But
still the throat Cough, the pain in her side, &
some sweatings in the morning still continue,--
notwithstanding that, to wear off the latter, she
rises up early in the morning, puts on her Cloths,
& then casts herelf upon her Bed, covered with
no more Blankets than are necessary to prevent


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Her catching an additional Cold.- She has been
out twice or thrice in a Chaise, &, when the wea¬
ther admits, on horseback, tho', the last time she
rode out she complained a good deal of the pain
in her side. She has, in a great measure, lost her
appetite for food
, but often complains of thirst.-
What food she takes is of the lighest kind.- About
a Month afo, she was regular in her Courses, &
it is hoped they will return about this time. She
rests pretty well the first part of the night, but
generally in the afternoon, she complains of an
uneasiness, which, she says, she cannot describe,
& we think her a little hectic or feverish.-


Since writing the above Mrs Shaw informs me, that
it is upwards of five weeks since our Daughter's
last Courses
.- Milk & vegetables are her principal
food.---




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Case
of Miss Mary Shaw
September 1783
V. XV. p 263

Diplomatic Text

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Dear Sir,


I was extremeley glad to hear by my Friend
Dr Adam, who will deliver this to you & was lately
in that Country, that you & family were well, & it is
my most sincere wish that you & they may long
continue so.


Sometime ago, Dr Dougal sent you the case of my
of one of my Daughters, then under his care. Gra¬
titude requires my most thankful acknowledg¬
ments, for your very friendly advice with respect
to her-- How soon it came, it was most punctually
followed-- But, alas! your conjecture as to the state
of her lungs was but too well founded, for soon
after, she dyed.-- It has pleased God, of late, to afflict
me by the Death of several of my Children, & alas!
I began to entertain no small fears of another of
them, concerning whom I by leave to ask your
advice, from the confidence I have of the continu¬
ance of your friendship, to which I have been so
often obliged before, in similar cases.- The gene¬
ous frankness, with which you was pleased to
give it, encouraged me to ask it again, & at the



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same time to hope you will readily pardon the
trouble I presume to give you. Subjoined is a plain
state of her Case.- I would have caused Dr Dougal
draw it up, but was affraid to alarm her with the
Questions he must necessarily have put to her for in¬
formation.- But from what I have wrote, you will,
I hope, undertstand her situation- I am, with most
Esteem, Dr Sir

Your much Obliged & most HSert
Duncan Shaw

Rafford,
Septr. 17th
1783

Case of Mary Shaw, Daughter of Dr Shaw, Mi¬
nister of Rafford.--


She is a Girl of near 19 years of age,- has
always had a fine Constitution, & still within
these few weeks, enjoyed an almost uninterrup¬
ted state of health.- About a month ago, she
complained, at one time, of a shivering, & at another
time, of a glowing heat, all over her Body. This
we, at first, concluded to be no more than the Heat of
a slight cold she might have got.- But, these



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Symptoms continuing, she was vomited & blooded
with Leeches
, for, to the Operation of the Lancet, she
has an unconquerable aversion.- In a few days
after these symptoms appeared, she was seized wt.
a tickling, short, cough, &, in a few days more,
with a pain in her right side, & some swellings
in the mornings- And then she told us, that she
had, for some time past, felt, what she calls, a
Wheeze in her Breast, when she lay on her back
in Bed, which may be said to have given her ra¬
ther an uneasy sensation, than great pain--
These symptoms determined the application of a
Blister betwixt her Shoulders, about ten days
ago. It wrought well & is still kept open. But
still the throat Cough, the pain in her side, &
some sweatings in the morning still continue,--
notwithstanding that, to wear off the latter, she
rises up early in the morning, puts on her Cloths,
& then casts herelf upon her Bed, covered with
no more Blankets than are necessary to prevent


[Page 4]

Her catching an additional Cold.- She has been
out twice or thrice in a Chaise, &, when the wea¬
ther admits, on horseback, tho', the last time she
rode out she complained a good deal of the pain
in her side. She has, in a great measure, lost her
appetite for food
, but often complains of thirst.-
What food she takes is of the lighest kind.- About
a Month afo, she was regular in her Courses, &
it is hoped they will return about this time. She
rests pretty well the first part of the night, but
generally in the afternoon, she complains of an
uneasiness, which, she says, she cannot describe,
& we think her a little hectic or feverish.-


Since writing the above Mrs Shaw informs me, that
it is upwards of five weeks since our Daughter's
last Courses
.- Milk & vegetables are her principal
food.---




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Case
of Miss Mary Shaw
Septr. 1783
V. XV. p 263

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