Library: British Library
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4075
Folio: ff. 224-225
Date of letter (as written): August 11, n. y. (Unknown)
Letter Origin (as written): Woburn Abbey
Letter Destination (as written):
Sir Hans Sloane
Lady Elizabeth Russell
Letter written about self or others: Others
Single or Multiple Sufferers: Single Sufferer
Patients Mentioned in Letter:
Thomas Herne (Male)
Age of Patient:
Description of Patient: He discharged almost a half pint blood from the mouth which had never experienced before. He also experienced "now & then a little pungent & twitching pain" and difficulty expanding his lungs and breathing freely.
Previous Treatment: He was bled immediately and abstained from drinking anything about milk and eating anything but a little pigeon. Later, "by the Dutchesses direction" had taken laudanum and some Lucatellus Balsom which he will continue until Sunday when Sloane will give him further direction.
Response: He also wanted to know if riding, walking or other exercise would be advisable and if he should follow any dietary restrictions
Theme Description: His employer Elizabeth Russell, the Duchess of Bedford, instructed him to take treatment. He also noted that Sloane cured him of a fever when he lived with his late employer the D. of Canterbury [?]. He noted that the noble family he now lived with (he was the family's tutor) were in good health.
Domestic medical practices
Other Notes:Thomas Hearne (bap. 1678, d. 1735) was an antiquary and diarist. He began working at the Bodleian Library in 1701. A nonjuror, his refusal to take an oath of allegiance to King George I led to his dismissal from the Bodleian in 1716. Hearne published the works of several English chroniclers (Theodor Harmsen, Hearne, Thomas (bap. 1678, d. 1735), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/12827, accessed 2 June 2011]).