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

 

[ID:2802] From: Miss Janet MacDuff (McDuff) / To: Mr Alexander MacDuff (of Bonhard) / Regarding: [A matter not directly regarding a patient] / 27 April 1786 / (Incoming)

Letter from Janet Macduff to her brother, Alexander Macduff, relating the news of their young niece Augusta's death. The letter was first sent to Peter Duff in Perth and then William MacDonald in Edinburgh because Janet does not know where to reach her brother. Since the letter was passed on and later correspondence confirms Alexander was in Edinburgh, Perth is not marked as destination of this letter.

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Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 2802
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1840
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date27 April 1786
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 Janet Macduff to her brother, Alexander Macduff, relating the news of their young niece Augusta's death. The letter was first sent to Peter Duff in Perth and then William MacDonald in Edinburgh because Janet does not know where to reach her brother. Since the letter was passed on and later correspondence confirms Alexander was in Edinburgh, Perth is not marked as destination of this letter.
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting Yes

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:1156]
Case of Miss MacDuff: complex set of letters relating to the Macduff family.
6


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:3262]AuthorMiss Janet MacDuff (McDuff)
[PERS ID:3264]AddresseeMr Alexander MacDuff (of Bonhard)
[PERS ID:3280]Other Jocky Duff
[PERS ID:3265]OtherMiss Annie Bannermann
[PERS ID:3281]OtherMr Peter Duff
[PERS ID:3267]OtherMiss Betty Hunter
[PERS ID:3282]OtherMr William MacDonald
[PERS ID:3283]Other Ogilvie
[PERS ID:3268]OtherMr Barty
[PERS ID:3269]Other Colin Baxter
[PERS ID:3277]OtherMrs Duff
[PERS ID:3278]OtherMiss Augusta Baxter
[PERS ID:3263]Other Jacobina Baxter (Jackey; McDuff)
[PERS ID:3279]Other Mary

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing Monzievaird (Monivaird) Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
Destination of Letter William McDonald's (solicitor) office, New Town Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Perth Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain

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Monivaird April 27th 1786
My Dearest Brother


I would have wrote you on Sunday
to acquaint you with the melancholy news (which before
you receive this you will have heard) the death of our
Dear babes but having a great deal to do, and being then, and
even now at a loss where to find you, I beg'd Miss Bannerman
to send express to Bonhard upon receiving the few lines I
sent her - I have been looking with eager expectation
for ↑you↑ since Teusday night. I am now almost become frantic
with anxiety, as Mr Barty who attended at the burial
hinted that you had not been well, although afterwards
I observ'd he wish'd to smooth it. - I must my Dearest
Brother blame you exceedingly for your writing so
seldom, and for your reserve with regard to your health
I find my spirits failing, and you are in some measure
the cause of it. My reflections on Augusta are very
pleasing, altho' her death was sudden her last moments
were calm & easy, her father & I witnessed the last
solemn scene. Jackey's grief was at first very violent
but it is now subsided, it was a trial sent in mercy
upon us, which heaven grant may be sanctified
you will have the particulars of her distress at
meeting - As it was impossible to give Miss B:
notice in time to be with us before the burial



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the servant who went to Perth for the wine
brought up Miss Betty Hunter she purchasd, and
was so kind as make the grave clothes - it was
them that made her baptism ones - I wrote
Mrs Duff monday. Barty tells me she is in high
spririts, but that Mary seems in a declining way
and orderd to ride out, & ↑that↑ Olgivie has left his
master in some abrupt manner. Mr Barty's
admission was yesterday. Jocky Duff was there
but what is something surprising we have not
yet seen him - I am somewhat relieved by
writing you these few lines as I am just now in
that state, that I have no inclination to speak


I am much at a loss where to direct but
as Miss B: in her last letter mention'd it being
probable you might come over with her Brother
I shall send it to Bonhard where it can wait
you - Adieu Mr B and Jackey join me in
Affectionate wishes believe me to be


My Dearest Brother
Yours Affectionately
Janet MacDuff



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Alexr Macduff E[sqr.]
Care of Mr Peter Duff {illeg}
at William Macdonalds ↓Esqr↓ Writter to
the Signett Edinburgh
Perth

Diplomatic Text

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Monivaird April 27th 1786
My Dearest Brother


I would have wrote you on Sunday
to acquaint you with the melancholy news (which before
you receive this you will have heard) the death of our
Dear babes but having a great deal to do, and being then, and
even now at a loss where to find you, I beg'd Miss Bannerman
to send express to Bonhard upon receiving the few lines I
sent her - I have been looking with eager expectation
for ↑you↑ since Teusday night. I am now almost become frantic
with anxiety, as Mr Barty who attended at the burial
hinted that you had not been well, although afterwards
I observ'd he wish'd to smooth it. - I must my Dearest
Brother blame you exceedingly for your writing so
seldom, and for your reserve with regard to your health
I find my spirits failing, and you are in some measure
the cause of it. My reflections on Augusta are very
pleasing, altho' her death was sudden her last moments
were calm & easy, her father & I witnessed the last
solemn scene. Jackey's grief was at first very violent
but it is now subsided, it was a trial sent in mercy
upon us, which heaven grant may be sanctified
you will have the particulars of her distress at
meeting - As it was impossible to give Miss B:
notice in time to be with us before the burial



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the servant who went to Perth for the wine
brought up Miss Betty Hunter she purchasd, and
was so kind as make the grave clothes - it was
them that made her baptism ones - I wrote
Mrs Duff monday. Barty tells me she is in high
spririts, but that Mary seems in a declining way
and orderd to ride out, & ↑that↑ Olgivie has left his
master in some abrupt manner. Mr Barty's
admission was yesterday. Jocky Duff was there
but what is something surprising we have not
yet seen him - I am somewhat relieved by
writing you these few lines as I am just now in
that state, that I have no inclination to speak


I am much at a loss where to direct but
as Miss B: in her last letter mention'd it being
probable you might come over with her Brother
I shall send it to Bonhard where it can wait
you - Adieu Mr B and Jackey join me in
Affectionate wishes believe me to be


My Dearest Brother
Yours Affectionately
Janet MacDuff



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Alexr Macduff E[sqr.]
Care of Mr Peter Duff {illeg}
at William Macdonalds ↓Esqr↓ Writter to
the Signett Edinr
Perth

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