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COLLECTION Identifier: B MS c56

John Winthrop papers

Andrewes, William, 2 autographed letters signed to John Winthrop; Hartford, 1653 January 11-May 9, 1653 January 11-May 9 Digital

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Correspondence thanking Winthrop for care he had given to Andrewes' daughter Abigail at his New London home and providing directions for delivering her home. He later writes asking Winthrop send medicine after she developed a cough and pain in her back and left side.

Bliss, Nathaniel, 1622-1654, autographed letter signed to John Winthrop; Springfield, Mass., 1 side (2 pages), 1652 December 21, 1652 December 21 Digital

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Correspondence regarding an illness Bliss was suffering; he writes that the medicines Winthrop had given him were ineffective and he has been suffering fits. The letter, which was finished in an unknown hand, reports further symptoms had developed, including headache and blindness, and requests Winthrop again send instructions for taking the medicine he originally sent Bliss, and any other medicine he would recommend.

Clarke, Daniell, autographed letter signed to Hugh Caukin; Windsor, Conn., 1 side (3 pages), 1652 February 11, 1652 February 11 Digital

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Correspondence describing the tooth and gum decay of several of his children. Clarke requests that Caukin show his letter to John Winthrop and solicit his advice regarding potential courses of treatment.

Hovey, Daniel, 1642-1695, autographed letter signed to John Winthrop; Ipswich, Mass., 1 side (2 pages), 1656 August 13, 1656 August 13 Digital

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Correspondence relaying the progress of Hovey's stomach ailment after he took medicine prescribed by Winthrop, and further symptoms he was suffering, including chest pains. Hovey asks Winthrop for advice on additional action he should take to ease his symptoms.

Montague, Abigale, autographed letter signed to John Winthrop; Hadley, Mass., 1 side (2 pages), 1663 July 19, 1663 July 19 Digital

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Correspondence about her seven-year-old daughter, who was suffering from inflammation and discharge from her eye, in which Montague requests Winthrop's advice on whether sarsaparilla root or English barley boiled with herbs would be an effective treatment. Montague adds a postscript about her own health, writing she has a "thick rotten fleame rising out of my stomach" but no cough.

Odell, Richard, 2 autographed letters signed to John Winthrop; Southampton, Long Island, 1652 November 16-1653, 1652 November 16-1653 Digital

Scope and Contents Correspondence concerning an illness, which Odell believed was palsy or the King's evil (scrofula), that afflicted his five-year-old daughter. Odell writes that her symptoms included loss of speech and feeling in her right side, and a throat blockage, and he requests advice from Winthrop on the course of treatment the family should pursue. Odell writes again in 1653 thanking Winthrop for the ointment and electuary he had prescribed for the child. Her symptoms had persisted, however, and he...

Winthrop, John, 1606-1676, autographed letter signed (copy) to Richard Odell; Pequot, Conn., 1 side (4 pages), 1652 November 27, 1652 November 27 Digital

Scope and Contents Copy of correspondence responding to a November 16, 1652, letter from Odell regarding his daughter's illness, which Winthrop speculates is hemiplegia. According to Winthrop, "The cure depends upon the knowledge of the right cause, and not only that but the constand and due aplication of such things as may conduce them thereto, which is difficult to doe at a distance." Winthrop further writes that he did not at present have medicine to send for her condition, but recommends "some general...

Rood, Sarah, autographed letter signed to John Winthrop, 1 side (2 pages), undated Digital

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Correspondence requesting Winthrop's advice for treating a condition Rood describes as a "falling out of [the] wome" (prolapsed uterus) that occurred after her first childbirth and has worsened with the birth of her second child.

Samford, Andrew, autographed letter signed to John Winthrop, 1 side (2 pages), undated Digital

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Correspondence soliciting Winthrop's advice for treating an illness in Samford's wife, whose symptoms included pain and weakness in her back and legs.

Stone, Sam, 1602-1663, autographed letter signed to John Winthrop; Hartford, 1 side (3 pages), 1652 February 1652, 1652 February 1652 Digital

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Correspondence seeking advice from Winthrop about his 23-week-old son, who was suffering from jaundice and a cough. Stone writes the course of treatment for the infant, on the advice of a Mrs. Hooker, had included barbaric bark boiled in beer with saffron twice daily, as well as turmeric. He also administered Winthrop's purging powder, and Stone asks if he should continue giving the powder and at what dose, and if there is any other medicines Winthrop would prescribe.