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For OCTOBER 1779.
A SERIES of LETTERS. We chatted on various subjects till
the hour for dinner arrived, at which (Continued fram Page 488.) we sat down, and with good appetites
I am sure. They have got a little boy LETTER IV.
about a year old, a lovely child. I Mifs WALLIS 10 Mifs GREVILLE. am a great favourite with her Charles,
The tells me “he often asks after Miss
Berry Hil. Wallis.” After tea the asked me if 1 HREE weeks bare elapsed since liked a walk to the wood, to which I
I w.ote to my dear Lucy; but very readily afsented. It is a molt deindeed it was not from neglect, and I lightful place, and they have at the end hope she will not take it as such. She of one of the walks a charming grotto; too well knows my love for her would I took my work with me, and she took not suffer it, and nothing but my dear a volume of Pope's works. We were mother's illness prevented me from enjoying ourselves in this rational way, writing before.
when I interrupted Mrs. Percy by fayWithin this month a Captain and ing, “dear Louisa, I think I can hear Mra. Percy have taken a honfe and are the approach of footsteps this way, and come to reside in our neighbourhood; if not very much mittaken, hear captain I like them very much. Mrs. Percy Percy's voice." She answered, "hark! is not handsome, but an agreeable wo it is Harry and his friends I am sure, man, about twenty one; he is very but we will fit here till they come handsome, and is thirty. She and I up to us, which they did almost as are become very intimate, and, next to foon as the words were out of her my beloved Lucy, there is not a won mouth. man I like better. I went yesterday Mrs. Percy flew to embrace her to spend the day with her, as I frequent friend, and captain Percy presented, or !y do, and took my work with me, I rather introduced, his friend to her; found her alone ; her husband, she told now I suppose you loug to know what me, was not at home, and had been gone sort of people these two are; whether a week on a visit to an intimate friend they are handsome or ugly. To begin, of his, but that she had received a let: Miss Willis is a very fine elegant wo. ter from him to let her know he should man, and Mr. Gordon, but I cannot be down that night, accompanied by describe his person, as I am sure I canMiss Willis and his friend Mr. Cor. not do it justice, suflice it then to don. This Miss Willis is, I find, a fay, he is one of the handsonieft mea bolom "friend of her's, and she re- my eyes ever beheld. joiced much at the thoughts of seeing We loon returned to the house, as her
they all complained of being much
tired; Miss Willis in particular, said | fore. Nor do they only affect the she never saw the roads so daity. body, the mind likewise fúffers, and is
I took my leave afterwards, though often thereby rendered extremely weak very much prefled to Itay and take my and peevith. The low spiritedness, tifupper with them. Our house is but a morousness, melancholy and fickleness quarter of a mile from Percy Place, of temper, which generally attend ner and the captain,' though so fatigued vous disorders, induce many people to with his journey, would insist on at beli ve that they are entircly difcases tending me here, notwithstanding my of the mind; but this change of tem. utmost endeavours to persuade him per is rather a consequence, than the from it. Adieu, my dear Lucy; love cause of the diseases. to all your worthy litters, and compli CAUSES. Every thing that tends ments to the rest of the family; and, to relax, or weaken the borly, disposes bless me! I hope Mr. and Mrs. Gre it to new diseases, as indolence, exville will pardon me for putting them cefs of venery, drinking too much tea, Jast. I once more yive over fcribbling. or any other weak, watery liquors ; Sophia, says my friend, why indeed I frequent bleeding, purging, vomiting, think I have wrote enough to tire any &c. Whatever hurts digestion, or body, and even your affectionate friend, prevents the proper assimilation of the
aliment, has likewise this effect; as Sophia WALLIS. long fafting, excess in eating and drink(To be continued.)
ing, the use of windy, crude, or unwholsone aliments, an unfavourable
posture of the body, &c. On NervouS COMPLAINTS.
Nervous disorders often proceed
from affliction of the mind; as grief, To be EDITOR of the LADY's MA disappointment, anxiety, intense ftudy,
&c. Indeed few studious persons are SIR,
entirely free from them. Nor is this I have just been reading Buchan's
at all to be wondered at, intense domestic Medicine, in which I find thinking not only preys upon the fpia very good account of nervous dir- rits, but prevents the person from takorders, and as a correspondent in
ing proper exercise, by which means your Magazine for June lait, p. 290,
the digeftion is impaired, the nourishbegs to be informed of a remedy the whole mass of humours vitiated.
ment prevented, the solids relaxed, and for the disorder, I have taken the li- | Grief and disappointment likewise proberty to favour you with this ex
duce the same effects. I hare known tract, which I flatter myself will not be unacceptable.
more nervous patients who dated the Your's, &c.
commencement of their disorder from AMICUS.
the loss of a husband, a favourite child,
&c. than from any other cause In a Fall diseases incident to man word whatever the body, or
kind, those of the nervous kind depresses spiritsoccasion nere are the most complicated and difficult vous disorders, as unwholsome air, to cure. A volume would not be suf want of sleep, great fatigue, disagreeficient to point out their various fympable apprehensions, vexations, &c. toms. They.imitate almost every dil. SYMPTOMS. We mall only mention ezse; and are seldom alike in two dif some of the most general symptoms of ferent persons, or even in the same these disorders, as it would be both person at different times.
an ufeless and impracticable talk to Prote's like, they are continually point out the whole. They general. changing shape; and, upon every freshly begin with windy inflation, or difattack the patient thinks he feels symp tention of the stomach and intestines; ns which he never experienced be. ! the appetite and digestion are usually
On Nervous Complaints.
bad; yet sometimes there is an un one conrse of medicine, till it has time comaión craving for food, and a quick to produce its proper effects. They dig ition. The food often turns four are likewise apt to imagine that they on the storm ich. Excruciating pains labour under diseases from which they are often felt about the navel, attend. are quite free, and are very angry if ed with a rumblin; or murmuring any one attempts to set them right, or noise in the bowels. The belly is laugh them out of their ridiculous sometimes loose, but more commonly notions. bound, which occasions a retention of REGIMEN. Persons afflicted with wind, and great uneasiness.
nervous disorders ought never to fast T'e urine is sometimes in small long, their food should be solid and quantities, at other times very copi- nourishing, but easy of digestion. Fat ous, and quite clear. There is a great meats and heary fauces are hurtful. All fhortness of the breath, with difficulty excess fhould be carefully avoided. of breathing, violent palpitations of the They ought never to eat more at a heart, fu’den Aushing of heat in vari- time than they can easily digest, but ous parts of the body, at other times if they feel themselves weak and faiot a sense of cold, as if water were pour. between meals, they ought to eat a ed on them; flying pains in the arms bit of bread, and drink a glass of wine. and limbs ; pain in the back and belly Heavy suppers are to be avoided. resembling those occasioned by gravel ; Though wine in excessenfeebles the bothe pule vory variable, sometimes un- dy and impairs the faculties of the commonly slow, and at other times very mind, yet taken in moderation it quick; yauning, the hiccough, fre- strengthens the stomach, and promotes quent fighing, and a sense of suffoca- digeltion. Wine and water is a very tion ; alternate fits of crying, and con- proper drink at mcals ; but if wine vullive laughing ; the Neep is unfound, turns four in the stomach, and the paand feldom refreshing; and the pati- tient is much troubled with wind, ent is often troubled with the night- brandy and water will answer better. mare.
Every thing that is windy, or hard of As the disease increases the patient is digestion, must be avoided. All weak molefted with head-achs, cramps, and and warm liquors are hurtful, as tea, fixed pains ir various parts of the body; coffee, punch, &c. People may find the eyes are clouded, and often af
a temporary relief in the use of these, fected with pain or dryness ; there is a but they always incrcase the malady, noise in the ears, and often a dulness as they weaken the stomach and hurt of hearing: in short the whole animal digestion. Above all things drams are functions are impaired. The mind is to be avoided, whatever immediate diiturbed on the most trivial occasions, ease the patient may feel from them, and is hurried into the most perverse for they are sure to aggravate the macommotions, inquietudes, terror, fad-lady, and prove pernicious at lat. nels, anger, diffidence, &c. The pa- These cautions are the more necessary, tient is apt to entertain wild imagina- as most nervous people are peculiarly tions, and extravagant fancies, the fond of tea and spirits, to the use of memory becomes weak, and the reason which
of them fall victims. fails.
Exercise in nervous disorders is su. Nothing is more characterestic ofperior to all remedies. Riding on this disorder than a constant fear of horse-back is generally esteemed the death. This renders those unhappy beft, as it gives ination to the whole persons who labour under it peevish, body, without fatiguing it. I have fickle, impatient, and apt to run from known some patients with whom walkone physician to another, which is one ing agreed better, and others who reason why they seldom reap any be were most benefited by riding in a nefit from medicine, as they have not carriage. Every one ought to prefJufficient resolution to perlift in any that which he finds molt beneficii
Long sea-voyages have an excellent ef. the stomach relaxed and weak, an infeet, and to those who can afford to füsion of the Peruvian bark, and other take them, and have fufficient resolu. bitters may be used with advantage. lion, we would by all means recom Few things tend more to strengthen mend this course. Even change of the nervous syltem than cold bathing. place, and the light of new objects, by This practice, if duly perfifled in, will diverting the mind, have a great tend produce very extraordinary effects; but ency to remove thele complaints ; for when the liver or other viscera are obthis reason a long journey, or a voy-structed, or otherwise unsound, the age, is of much more advantage than cold bath is improper. The moft proriding flort journies at home.
per seasons are summer and autumn. A cool and dry air is proper, as it It will be sufficient, efpecially for perfons braces and invigorates the whole body of a spare habit, to go into the cold bath Nothing tends more to relax and ener three or four times a week. If the vate than hot air, especially that which patient is weakened by it, or feels himis rendered so by large fires, or ftoves felf chilly for a long time after coming in small apartments. When the fto- out, it is improper. mach or bowels are weak, the whole In patients afflicted with wind, I body ought to be well guarded against have always observed the greateit becold, especially in winter, by wearing nefit from the acid elixir of vitriol. a thin flannel waistcoat next the skin. It may be taken in the quantity of This will keep up an equal perspira- fifteen, twenty, or thirty drops, twice tion, and defend the alimentary canal or thrice a day in a glass of water. from many impressions to which it This both expels wind, itrengthens would otherwise be subject upon every the stomach, and promotes digestion. fadden change from warm
It would be an easy matter to enuweather. Rubbing the body frequent-merate many medicines which have ly with a feh-brush, or a coarte linen been extolled for relieving nervous difcloth, is like rife beneficial, as it pro- orders; but whoever wishes for a thomotes circulation, perfpiration, &c.- rough cure must expect it from regimen Persons who have weak nerves ought alone ; we shall therefore omit mento rife early, and take exercise before tioning more medicines, and again rebreakfast, as lying too long in bed commend the ftri&eft attention to diet, cannot fail to relax the folids. They air, exercise, and amusements. ought likewise to be diverted, and to be kept as easy and chearful as poffi: The Hipory of Captain Herbert und ble, as nothing hurts the nervous syr
Miss AUGUSTA NUGENT. tem more, and weakens the digestive powers, than fear, grief, and anxiety.
In a Series of Letters. MEDICINES. Though nervous dir (Continued from Page 487.) orders are seldom radically cured, yet
L E T T E R XIII. their symptoms may be alleviated, and the patients life rendered comfortable Miss NUGENT 10 Mof SIDNEY. by proper medicines.
Cafle Nugent. When the patient is coftive, he
Know not, my deareft Louisa, how orght to take a little rhubarb, or some
it is, but I cannot help thinking other light purgative, and should nc ver suffer his belly to be long bound that we are not formed to taste happiAll strong and violent purgations are Takс of Peruvian bark an ounce, gen. to be avoided. I have generally seevi tian-root, orange-peel, and coriander ferd, of an infulion of senna and rhubarb in eacb hal: an ouce; let these ingredients be brandy antiver very well. This may bruised in a murter, and infused in a bottle of be made of any itrength, and taken in brandy, or whisky, for five or lix days. A
table spoonful of ihe Arained liquor may be such quantities as the patient finds ne. taken in half a glass of water an hour before When digestion is bad, or breakfast, dinner, and suppor.