Library: British Library, London
Manuscript: Sloane MS 4075
Folio: f. 71
Date of letter (as written): October 25, 1702
Letter Origin (as written): Stamford
Letter Destination (as written):
Sir Hans Sloane
No Other Attached to This Letter
Letter written about self or others: Others
Single or Multiple Sufferers: Single Sufferer
Patients Mentioned in Letter:
Lady Clapham (Female)
Age of Patient: "my lady is so very old"
Description of Patient: "you desired to know the nature & places of the swellings; they are all over her breasts, belly back face & upper parts of the items & thighs without Inflammation paine or itching: it seems as if there was no life or spirit in the humour: they are of a schirrhous hardness, & as big as the largest distinct small Pox, & some much bigger: they are also as thick as ever I saw the small pox in the body."
Previous Treatment: "your prescriptions for 10 days, when her stomach resented em & we were forced to leave 'em off: I can't say they have produced any good or bad effect, the disease being in status quo"
Diagnosis: "I protest I never saw the like Case in all my life: I believe the cause of this disease may proceed from a great stomach & little exercise or a great surfeit of cherries in London"
Response: "I despair of a recovery almost of a reprieve"; "my lady has almost lost the use of t'other eye too, & the lumps continue still to spread: my Lady is now so very weak, I think she can't live any long time, I'm sure she can't take many medicines."