Cullen

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

 

[ID:856] From: Mr Charles Broughton / To: Dr William Cullen (Professor Cullen) / Regarding: Mr Trail (Patient), Anonymous (Patient) / 12 October 1773 / (Incoming)

Letter from Charles Broughton regarding the success of his ointment. He encloses letters from a Mr Johnstone's sister, and from Cullen's son (both missing).

Facsimile

There are 3 images for this document.

[Page 1]


 

[Page 2]


 

[Page 3]


 
 

Metadata

FieldData
DOC ID 856
RCPE Catalogue Number CUL/1/2/123
Main Language English
Document Direction Incoming
Date12 October 1773
Annotation None
TypeAuthorial original
Enclosure(s) Enclosure(s) mentioned, but missing
Autopsy No
Recipe No
Regimen No
Letter of Introduction No
Case Note No
Summary Letter from Charles Broughton regarding the success of his ointment. He encloses letters from a Mr Johnstone's sister, and from Cullen's son (both missing).
Manuscript Incomplete? No
Evidence of Commercial Posting No

Case

Cases that this document belongs to:

Case ID Description Num Docs
[Case ID:392]
Cases communicated by Charles Broughton, a London surgeon, who sends Cullen letters detailing the successful use of his proprietary ointment that is supposed to cure tumours.
8


People linked to this document

Person IDRole in documentPerson
[PERS ID:359]AuthorMr Charles Broughton
[PERS ID:1]AddresseeDr William Cullen (Professor Cullen)
[PERS ID:521]PatientMr Trail
[PERS ID:978]Patient
[PERS ID:531]Other Physician / SurgeonDr Richard? Warren
[PERS ID:522]Other Physician / SurgeonSir John Pringle
[PERS ID:61]Other Physician / SurgeonDr William Saunders
[PERS ID:523]Other Physician / SurgeonLord Caesar Hawkins (Ist Baronet)
[PERS ID:74]Other Physician / SurgeonMr John Wilson
[PERS ID:524]Other Physician / SurgeonMr Balfour
[PERS ID:588]Other Physician / SurgeonMr Alexander Wood
[PERS ID:115]Other Physician / SurgeonDr John Gilchrist (of Speddoch)
[PERS ID:526]Other Physician / SurgeonMr John Hunter
[PERS ID:518]Other Physician / SurgeonDr John Rutherford
[PERS ID:533]Patient's Relative / Spouse / Friend Johnston
[PERS ID:534]Patient's Relative / Spouse / Friend Foley
[PERS ID:527]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendCaptain Robert Preston
[PERS ID:528]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendSir George Preston
[PERS ID:520]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr James Cullen (Jamie)
[PERS ID:530]Patient's Relative / Spouse / FriendMr Cummings
[PERS ID:979]Other Fowler
[PERS ID:980]Other

Places linked to this document

Role in document Specific Place Settlements / Areas Region Country Global Region Confidence
Place of Writing London London and South-East England Europe certain
Destination of Letter Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe inferred
Mentioned / Other Orkneys Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Annandale Borders Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Bond Street London London and South-East England Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Castle Hill Edinburgh Edinburgh and East Scotland Europe certain
Mentioned / Other Turnham Green London London and South-East England Europe certain

Normalized Text

[Page 1]
London October 12 1773
Dear Sir


The enclosed letter from your Son, 1 was brought
me to day of whose welfare I congratulate you:
the other letter is from Mr Johnstone's Sister at Turnham
Green / who has charge of the Marquiss of Annandale/ an
Insane for these 30 years. 2 I wish I could suceed for
your Son James --- Wilson & Dr. Saunders can do
nothing - Pray wait on Captain Robert Preston who is now
in Scotland with his Father Sir George on the Castlehill:
he can much, if he pushes Fowler or rather his Wife.


Mr Trail the person from the Orkneys & as
specified as the 3d Case in my printed letter waited on
Sir John Pringle who was much satisfied of his Care; as
he took no in ternall Medicine & has remained well
these 18 months, he also told him that whenever anything of that Humour appeared in the Palace
he should avail himself of my application & Dr
Warren (who introduced me to the great Foley family)
also on seing Trail, said that my Ointment, had
he thought, Exceeded Human Art in the Cases he had
seen - I wish to tell you what these Candid &
Eminent men think of it here: which corroborates
what you yourself have been pleased to say of me



[Page 2]

Doctor Gilchrist Junior who remains here all
Winter consulted me by his Fathers desire about his Brother who has laboured under
scrofulous Complaints these 15 years & not
yet free I told him I should not send any more of the Ointment out of my reach as
I thought myself ill used by Dr Rutherford
Mr Wood & Mr Balfour surgeons in Edinburgh


You will be pleased to send to me
back the two letters from the Cancered patients
if they should not come to hand before this
reaches you, they will in the course of a day
or two - My Cures dear Sir will sooner
or later speak for themselves & surmount
any opposition from low, selfish Men -


Mr Cumings Child Watchmaker in Bond street
whom Mr John Hunter said he could do no good
to, is under my Care & getting well apace, also
3 patients of Caesar Hawkins's Esqr I can't help
plucking their Feathers.

I am with great Esteem Yours in haste
Chas Broughton



[Page 3]


Doctor Cullen


1773

Notes:

1: This letter is missing. Broughton probably refers to James ("Jamie") Cullen, as mentioned later in this opening, but one of his brothers may have also been in London. Broughton goes on to mention potential patrons who he clearly assumes will be familiar to Cullen.

2: George Vanden Bempde (earlier Johnstone) (1720-1792), 3rd Marquess of Annandale. Cullen would have been very familiar with the case because his friend, the philosopher David Hume had taken on the post of tutor to the twenty-five year old marquess in February 1745 when the latter was already very disordered and too ill to be taught. Hume resigned within a year after a disagreement with the person set in charge of his pupil's management.

Diplomatic Text

[Page 1]
London October 12 1773
Dear Sir


The enclosed letter from your Son, 1 was brought
me to day of whose welfare I congratulate you:
the other letter is from Mr Johnstone's Sister at Turnham
Green / who has charge of the Marquiss of Annandale/ an
Insane for these 30 years. 2 I wish I could suceed for
your Son James --- Wilson & Dr. Saunders can do
nothing - Pray wait on Capn Robt Preston who is now
in Scotland with his Father Sr George on the Castlehill:
he can much, if he pushes Fowler or rather his Wife.


Mr Trail the person from the Orkneys & as
specified as the 3d Case in my printed letter waited on
Sr John Pringle who was much satisfied of his Care; as
he took no in ternall Medicine & has remained well
these 18 months, he also told him that whenever anything of that Humour appeared in the Palace
he should avail himself of my application & Dr
Warren (who introduced me to the great Foley family)
also on seing Trail, said that my Ointment, had
he thought, Exceeded Human Art in the Cases he had
seen - I wish to tell you what these Candid &
Eminent men think of it here: which corroborates
what you yourself have been pleased to say of me



[Page 2]

Doctor Gilchrist Junr who remains here all
Winter consulted me by his Fathers desire about his Brother who has laboured under
scrofulous Complaints these 15 years & not
yet free I told him I should not send any more of the Ointment out of my reach as
I thought myself ill used by Dr Rutherford
Mr Wood & Mr Balfour surgeons in Edinburgh


You will be pleased to send to me
back the two letters from the Cancered patients
if they should not come to hand before this
reaches you, they will in the course of a day
or two - My Cures dear Sir will sooner
or later speak for themselves & surmount
any opposition from low, selfish Men -


Mr Cumings Child Watchmaker in Bond street
whom Mr John Hunter said he could do no good
to, is under my Care & getting well apace, also
3 patients of Caesar Hawkins's Esqr I can't help
plucking their Feathers.

I am with great Esteem Yours in haste
Chas Broughton



[Page 3]


Doctor Cullen


1773

Notes:

1: This letter is missing. Broughton probably refers to James ("Jamie") Cullen, as mentioned later in this opening, but one of his brothers may have also been in London. Broughton goes on to mention potential patrons who he clearly assumes will be familiar to Cullen.

2: George Vanden Bempde (earlier Johnstone) (1720-1792), 3rd Marquess of Annandale. Cullen would have been very familiar with the case because his friend, the philosopher David Hume had taken on the post of tutor to the twenty-five year old marquess in February 1745 when the latter was already very disordered and too ill to be taught. Hume resigned within a year after a disagreement with the person set in charge of his pupil's management.

XML

XML file not yet available.

Feedback

Send us specfic feeback about this document [DOC ID:856]

Type
Comments
 

Please note that the Cullen Project team have now disbanded but your comments will be logged in our system and we will look at them one day...