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Catalog Number 2015.02.0031
Object Name Letter
Date 1818
Title 1818 May 16 Preston W. Brown to Samuel Brown
Scope & Content Letter from Preston W. Brown (Versailles, KY) to Samuel Brown (New Haven, CT). Preston writes about traveling with brother John Brown and his daughter Heinretta's sickness.
Preston, a doctor, tells Samuel, also a doctor, about area surgeons, McDowell and Dudley. Preston's views of McDowell and Dudley are not flattering.

[Transcription]

Dear Brother,

I have resolved to set out for Madison next Monday perhaps in company with my brother John who came up yesterday to consult with me on this subject. I will go down to Frankfort tomorrow and proceed from thence by the way of Bardstown. Nothing will prevent J.B., going but Orlando's delay in setting off for Yale college, which will only be retarded by the want of some gentleman to send him with__ He is prepared for the journey. If this letter should reach Madison before you leave that place, it is intended to delay you a few days until we can reach that place.

My daughter, Henrietta is laboring under a cough which has continued since we left Keny. It gives us serious uneasiness. Doct Briggs paid no manner of attention to it-He is a poor inefficient henpecked animal only fit for the latitude of fish and oysters-he has not met one of his engagements with me.

I was in Lexington three days ago where Dudley was operating for the stone. I did not see him perform, but his followers say Dorsey is but a boy to him. Old Westley was wont to say that he was the only man in England who could touch a Stony Heart . Dudley prides himself in collecting all the stony pouches & of which he wants not a little -why is it that the weakest men become the most famous as surgeons? For instance phycisks McDowell & Dudley.

I may perhaps reach you before this letter, altho I will ride the horse that brought me from Virginia, I must ride slow.

Your affectionate brother
Preston W. Brown
16th May 1818

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Versailles KY
May 16
25
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Doc. Samuel Brown 18
Philadelphia Madison Post Office
Mail New haven Ct.
Madison county
Alabama
People Ephraim McDowell
Preston W. Brown
Samuel Brown
Benjamin Winslow Dudley
John Brown
Orlando Brown
Henrietta Brown Reese
Search Terms Physicians