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

 

[ID:2956] From: Miss Janet MacDuff (McDuff) / To: Mr Alexander MacDuff (of Bonhard) / Regarding: [A matter not directly regarding a patient] / 16 May 1786 / (Incoming)

Letter from Janet MacDuff to her brother, Alexander MacDuff. She writes concerning her state of mind; that Jackey had a letter from Miss Annie Bannerman; that Miss Hunter is still staying with them; that the current price of a horse is monstrous; and that Mr Barty was chosen as a member of the Assembly. She laments of the lack of entertaining books in Mr B's library, as his collection is mostly for his own use.

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FieldData
DOC ID 2956
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/1989
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date16 May 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. She writes concerning her state of mind; that Jackey had a letter from Miss Annie Bannerman; that Miss Hunter is still staying with them; that the current price of a horse is monstrous; and that Mr Barty was chosen as a member of the Assembly. She laments of the lack of entertaining books in Mr B's library, as his collection is mostly for his own use.
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


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Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:3262]AuthorMiss Janet MacDuff (McDuff)
[PERS ID:3264]AddresseeMr Alexander MacDuff (of Bonhard)
[PERS ID:1372]OtherSir William Murray (Sir William Murray of Ochtertyre, 5th Bt.)
[PERS ID:3269]Other Colin Baxter
[PERS ID:3276]Other Patrick Murray
[PERS ID:3263]Other Jacobina Baxter (Jackey; McDuff)
[PERS ID:3277]OtherMrs Duff
[PERS ID:3265]OtherMiss Annie Bannermann
[PERS ID:3266]Other Jeany
[PERS ID:3267]OtherMiss Betty Hunter
[PERS ID:3268]OtherMr Barty

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 Mrs Fergusson's Custom House stairs, Parliament Close Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Perthshire Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Tippermuir (Tibbermore) Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain
Place of Handstamp Crieff Mid Scotland Scotland Europe certain

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[Page 1]
My Dear Brother


Your very feeling & sympathizing letter
I receiv'd about ten days ago, & would not have fail'd to
acknowledge it before now, had I imagin'd your stay in
town would have been prolong'd to this time - I cannot
be easy now till I see you, as the swelling in your face
was the only obstacle, I expected it would not have
detain'd you above a few days - which makes me the
more anxious - We are all much in our ordinary
way. Jackey's spirits are recruiting daily - I lately had
a severe nervous attack, which I imputed to the state
of mind I was in, during the dear innocents distress
when the feelings allows of reflection we see the
impropriety of excessive grief, we may view it [in?] a merci¬
ful dispensation, exercised to call off our attention from
being too much engrossed with the things of this world
which are too apt to employ most of our thoughts -
it is a strange infatuation - when an eternity of hap¬
piness or misery depends upon our behaviour here -
but the current of example, few are able to resist
and it is to be lamented, that it is what, should
interest most, that is now held in greatest contempt -



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Jackey had a letter from Miss Annie Bannerman
the other day, it seems she has been much
distress'd of late with a violent Rheumatism so
ill, that she dreaded being lame
- in my last from
Jeany, she said it was impossible that either of
them could be with us for some time; as they
could not command horses at this remove -


Miss Hunter is still with us, we have been
much indebted to that good family on this occasion
they have been severely tried in the school of
affliction -


Mr Barty was admitted at Monzie about
a fortnight ago, you will probably see him in
the course of this week, as he was chosen a
member for the Assembly in room of Mr Baxter
who declined - some people thought him in the
wrong for so doing as they thought he should have
gone and carried Jackey along with him, as a jaunt
is of vast use to the spirits-


I am glad you have got a horse to your liking
you will find yourself greatly more convenient
than hiring, they are giving monstrous prices. Sir
William Murray bought a couple from the principal
dealer in Edinburgh at between thirty and forty Guineas
each, his eldest son is now a subscriber to the
Perthshire hunt. ---




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I have not heard any thing of the Tippermuir
family this long time. Although I wrote Mrs D:
I have received no return - this is about the
time of their removal - which will be taking up
their attention - As my spirits are rather flat
just now, and as the entertaining books in Mr B's
library are not very numerous, - his collection
being chiefly for his own use, I will ↑be↑ singularly
indebted to you to bring over a few out of yours
my reading has as yet been very confin'd which
I regret exceedingly - as a well furnish'd mind, must
be a source of great comfort & happiness to the
possessor- I remember nothing new to acquaint
you with - in hopes of hearing of your being {illeg}
soon. I conclude with best wishes from all he[re]


& I remain
My Dear Brother
Yours Affectionately
Janet Macduff
Monivaird May 16th
1786



[Page 4]


Alexr Macduff Esqr of Bonhard
at Mrs Fergusson's Customhouse stairs
Parliament Close
Edinburgh

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
My Dear Brother


Your very feeling & sympathizing letter
I receiv'd about ten days ago, & would not have fail'd to
acknowledge it before now, had I imagin'd your stay in
town would have been prolong'd to this time - I cannot
be easy now till I see you, as the swelling in your face
was the only obstacle, I expected it would not have
detain'd you above a few days - which makes me the
more anxious - We are all much in our ordinary
way. Jackey's spirits are recruiting daily - I lately had
a severe nervous attack, which I imputed to the state
of mind I was in, during the dear innocents distress
when the feelings allows of reflection we see the
impropriety of excessive grief, we may view it [in?] a merci¬
ful dispensation, exercised to call off our attention from
being too much engrossed with the things of this world
which are too apt to employ most of our thoughts -
it is a strange infatuation - when an eternity of hap¬
piness or misery depends upon our behaviour here -
but the current of example, few are able to resist
and it is to be lamented, that it is what, should
interest most, that is now held in greatest contempt -



[Page 2]

Jackey had a letter from Miss Annie Bannerman
the other day, it seems she has been much
distress'd of late with a violent Rheumatism so
ill, that she dreaded being lame
- in my last from
Jeany, she said it was impossible that either of
them could be with us for some time; as they
could not command horses at this remove -


Miss Hunter is still with us, we have been
much indebted to that good family on this occasion
they have been severely tried in the school of
affliction -


Mr Barty was admitted at Monzie about
a fortnight ago, you will probably see him in
the course of this week, as he was chosen a
member for the Assembly in room of Mr Baxter
who declined - some people thought him in the
wrong for so doing as they thought he should have
gone and carried Jackey along with him, as a jaunt
is of vast use to the spirits-


I am glad you have got a horse to your liking
you will find yourself greatly more convenient
than hiring, they are giving monstrous prices. Sir
William Murray bought a couple from the principal
dealer in Edinr at between thirty and forty Guineas
each, his eldest son is now a subscriber to the
Perthshire hunt. ---




[Page 3]


I have not heard any thing of the Tippermuir
family this long time. Although I wrote Mrs D:
I have received no return - this is about the
time of their removal - which will be taking up
their attention - As my spirits are rather flat
just now, and as the entertaining books in Mr B's
library are not very numerous, - his collection
being chiefly for his own use, I will ↑be↑ singularly
indebted to you to bring over a few out of yours
my reading has as yet been very confin'd which
I regret exceedingly - as a well furnish'd mind, must
be a source of great comfort & happiness to the
possessor- I remember nothing new to acquaint
you with - in hopes of hearing of your being {illeg}
soon. I conclude with best wishes from all he[re]


& I remain
My Dear Brother
Yours Affectionately
Janet Macduff
Monivaird May 16th
1786



[Page 4]


Alexr Macduff Esqr of Bonhard
at Mrs Fergusson's Customhouse stairs
Parliament Close
Edinr.

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