Letter 2520

Richard Richardson to Hans Sloane – November 4, 1721

Item info

Date: November 4, 1721
Author: Richard Richardson
Recipient: Hans Sloane

Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4046
Folio: ff. 144-145

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[fol. 145] Hon:d Sir I deferred making my returne to your last obliging letter till I could give you some satisfactory account of the malignant Fevere which has been so fatall in this place which is now very much abated, not above three or fouer persons are dead of it since my last, & all of them old persons; it has of late appeared to be of the intermitting kind in some a regulare tertion & in others a double tertion when it showd it selfe of this kind I was in hopes that the Bark might have been of very great use, but upon repeated trials I found it did not answer my expectation without the addition of Alexapharmick & these alone were of more service; those yt perspired pretty freely recovered the best; one thing I generally observed that the sweat of these persons had an usuall suffocalinty smel, I was desired to visit a neighboure who was seized with a paralytic motion in his left side I found upon in: :quiry that this reaction was periodical & had returned about twelve o clock for three or fouer days swieffively, & continued about two houres in each pmaxyme; by the use of alexapharmaticks he is now recoverd, though the fits continued upon him about fourteen days. I was shown a poor man in Bradford by an Apothecarry there, who in his fitts had such indent motions in his leggs & armes that (dark) the bent of the skin from his leggs & ellbows, & was forced to (^) his lyed sown in his bed though at the same time he was perfectly sensible. I ordered him to be blushed in severall places & by the use of Alex: :apharmatick is in a prossessing was of recovery. Woodcocks are come to as trip year sooner then usuall; perhaps you may not have them yet in the fourth in plenty, which makes me take the freedome to send you a pott of them on Wednesday last by Tho: Fenton a Bradford Carrier. Fol. 145v that they came to you safe & in good order wil be very velu[…] accounts to Hon’d Sr Ric: Richardson North Bierley Nov: 4th 1721

Richardson was a physician and botanist who traveled widely in England, Wales, and Scotland in search of rare specimens. He corresponded and exchanged plants with many well-known botanists and naturalists (W. P. Courtney, Richardson, Richard (16631741), rev. Peter Davis, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2010 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/23576, accessed 31 May 2011]).

Patient Details

  • Patient info
    Name: N/A Unnamed
  • Description

    The man is from Bradbury and was visited by an apothecary. He had 'violent motions in his leggs and armes'. The man was bedridden.

  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
    Previous Treatment:

    Richardson had the man 'blistred in several places' and prescribed 'Alexapharmicks'.

    Ongoing Treatment:

    The man is recovering.

  • More information
  • Medical problem reference
    Convulsions, Fevers, Convulsions