History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Addenda, Note A • 1805–1820

Note A. -[see page 1.st]-
When I was 5 years old or thereabouts I was attacked with the Typhus Fever. and  at one time, during my sickness, my dispaired of my  life. The Doctors broke the fever, after which it settled  under my shoulder. & the Dr <Dr Parker,> Caled it a sprained shoulder  & anointed it with bone ointment, & freely applied the hot  shovel, when it proved to be a swelling under the arm.  which was opened, & discharged freely. after which the  disease removed & desended into my left Leg & ancle  & terminated in a fever sore of the worst kind.  and I endured the most acutest suffering for a long time  under the care of Drs. Smith, Stone & Perkins. of Hanover.
At one time eleven Doctors came from the <Dartmouth> Medical  college, at Hanover New Hampshire, for the purpose  of amputation, but, young as I was, I utterly refused  to give my assent to the operation, but I consented  to their Trying an experiment by removing a <large portion> great  of the bone from my left leg. which they did. &  fourteen additional peices of bone afterwards  worked out before my leg healed, during which  time I was reduced so very low that my  could carry me with ease. & after I began to get  about I went on crutches till I started for the  State of <where> In the mean time My  had gone to the State of for the purpose  of preparing a place for the removal of his family,  which he affected by sending a man after by us by  the name of Caleb Howard, who, after he had  got started on, the journey with my & family  spent the money he had rec[e]ived of my in  drinking & Gambling &c.— — We fell in with a family  by the name of Gates who were travelling west, &  Howard drove me from the waggon & made me  travel in my weak state through the snow 40 miles  per day for several days, during which time I suffered  the most excrutiating weariness & pain, & all this  that Mr Howard might enjoy the Society of  two of Mr Gates’ Daughters which he took on  the waggon where I should have Rode, & thus he [p. 131]

Addenda, Note A • 1805–1820

Note A. -[see page 1.st]-
When I was 5 years old or thereabouts I was attacked with the Typhus Fever. and at one time, during my sickness, my dispaired of my life. The Doctors broke the fever, after which it settled under my shoulder. & Dr Parker, Caled it a sprained shoulder & anointed it with bone ointment, & freely applied the hot shovel, when it proved to be a swelling under the arm. which was opened, & discharged freely. after which the disease removed & desended into my left Leg & ancle & terminated in a fever sore of the worst kind. and I endured the most acute suffering for a long time under the care of Drs. Smith, Stone & Perkins. of Hanover.
At one time eleven Doctors came from Dartmouth Medical college, at Hanover New Hampshire, for the purpose of amputation, but, young as I was, I utterly refused to give my assent to the operation, but I consented to their Trying an experiment by removing a large portion of the bone from my left leg. which they did. & fourteen additional peices of bone afterwards worked out before my leg healed, during which time I was reduced so very low that my could carry me with ease. & after I began to get about I went on crutches till I started for the State of where My had gone for the purpose of preparing a place for the removal of his family, which he affected by sending a man after us by the name of Caleb Howard, who, after he had started on, the journey with my & family spent the money he had received of my in drinking Gambling &c.— — We fell in with a family by the name of Gates who were travelling west, & Howard drove me from the waggon & made me travel in my weak state through the snow 40 miles per day for several days, during which time I suffered the most excrutiating weariness & pain, & all this that Mr Howard might enjoy the Society of two of Mr Gates’ Daughters which took on the waggon where I should have Rode, & thus he [p. 131]
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