Letter 0004

John Conduitt to Hans Sloane – n.d.

Item info

Date: n.d.
Author: John Conduitt
Recipient: Hans Sloane

Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4075
Folio: f. 17

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John Conduitt (1688-1737) attended Trinity College, Cambridge and served as judge-advocate to the British forces in Portugal. He later become captain in a regiment of dragoons serving in Portugal (Philip Carter, Conduitt, John (16881737), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/6061, accessed 29 June 2011]).

Patient Details

  • Patient info
    Name: N/A Catherine Conduit (nee Barton)
  • Description

    Slept well after bleeding. Tender and weak constitution.

  • Diagnosis

    Husband feared that there was insufficient intermission in her fever for her to take the bark. Wife also feared her fever was too violent.

  • Treatment
    Previous Treatment:

    Powders; blisters; "Gascoigne's powder". She refused to take the powders.

    Ongoing Treatment:

    She was being bled.


    After bleeding she sweat lightly. She was sleeping soundly; able to eat rice and mutton broth and a "white drink"; eased gripes and loose bowels; had several small stools and fever eased, though returned to full strength in the afternoon. Her stitches continued, but improved.

  • More information
  • Medical problem reference
    Fevers, Insomnia, Stomach