Alexander Cunningham to Hans Sloane – n.d. [pre-1716]
Item infoDate: n.d. [pre-1716] Author: Alexander Cunningham Recipient: Hans Sloane
Library: British Library, London Manuscript: Sloane MS 4075 Folio: f. 39
Discussed herbs of interest in that part of the country, as well as the old Roman camps. Promises to trace some of them for the use of the Royal Society.
Name: Sir Thomas Samwell
Fever, heat and swelling of is face.
Sloane had previously prescribed treatment. For fever and swelling of the face he was bled (at jugular -- by leeches -- and arm ), given "Clypters and cooling Emulsions" and "decoction coccini" for his ordinary drink as well as elder tea and small beer. He was given "Alexipharmick potion" to make him sweat. He also had a blister on the neck, purges and clysters. There was no time for vomiting. Also tried the pearl cordial.
Everything had also agreed with Sloane's advice.
Problems have abated and "carried off the marks of he small pox wt it." Samwell will see Sloane in London. Cunningham assured Sloane that Samwell does not have smallpox "so that you will not be afraid to see him."
Medical problem reference
Smallpox, Fevers, Inflammations