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THE

Lady's Magazine;

For OCTOBER 1779.

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A SERIES of LETTERS. We chatted on various subjects till

the hour for dinner arrived, at which (Continued fram Page 488.)

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. iniced much at the thoughts of feeing We loon returned to the house, as her

they all complaiued of being much

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tired; Miss Willis in particular, faid fore. Nor do they only affect the she never saw the roads so daity. body, the mind likewife fuffers, and is

I took my leave afterwards, though often thereby rendered extremely weak very much pressed to stay and take my and peevish.' The low fpiritednefz, tisupper with them. Our house is but a morousness, melancholy and fekleness 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- belii ve that they are entirely diseases 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 wortby filters, 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 cess 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 affimilation 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 the Editor of the LADY's MA disappointment, anxiety, intense study,

&c. Indeed few studious persons are GAZINE. SIR,

entirely free from them. Nor is this I have just been reading Buchan's

at all to be wondered at, intense domefl'ic Medicine, in which I find thinking not only preys upon the spia 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 digettion is impaired, the nourishbegs to be informed of a remedy the whole mass of humours vitiated.

ment prevented, the folids relaxed, and for the disorder, I have taken the liberty to favour you with this ex

Grief and disappointment likewise pro

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 weakens the body, or

kind, those of the nervous kind depresses the spirits, may occasion 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 fymp-able 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 useless 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

bad;

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On Nervous Complaints.

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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

many

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 infect, and to those who can afford to fusion 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 fight of new objects, by This practice, if duly perfifted 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 most prosiding short journies at home.

per seasons are summer and autumn. A cool and dry air is proper, as it It will be sufficient, especialiy for persons 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, ç'pecially 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 sto- out, it is improper. mach or bowels are weak, the whole In patients affiliated with wind, I hody ought to be well guarded against have always observed the greatest becold, efpecially in winter, by wearing nefit from the acid elixir of vitriol. a thin fannel 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, strengthens would otherwise be subject upon every the stomach, and promotes digestion. fadden change from warm to cold It would be an easy matter to enu. weather. Rubbing the body frequentemerate many medicines which have ly with a fel-hrush, or a coarte linen been extolled for relieving nervous discloth, is likewife beneficial, as it pro- orders; but whoever wishes for a thomotes circulation, perspiration, &c.- rough cure must expect it from regimen Persons who have weak nerves ought alone ; we Mall therefore omit men to rife early, and take exercise before tioning more medicines, and again rebreakfast, as lying too long in bed commend the ftriteft 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 Hißory of Captain HERBERT und ble, as nothing hurts the nervous sys- 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 their symptoms may be alleviated, and

L E T T E R XIII. the patients life rendered comfortable Mifs NUGENT 10 Mof SIDNEY. by proper medicines. When the patient is coftive, he

Cafle Nugent. ou like to take a little rhubarby

, or forne I k is, but I cannot help thinking other light purgative, and should ne

that we are not formed to tafte happiver suffer his belly to be long bound. All strong and violent purgations are Take of Peruvian bark an ounce, gento be avoided. I have generally seeni tian-root, orange-peel, and coriander ferd, of an infulion of fenna and rhubarb in each hal: an ou.ce; let these ingredients be brandy antiver very well.

bruised in a mortet, and infused in a bottle of be made of any strength, and taken in brandy, or whisky, for five or Six 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 ceffary. When digeflion is bad, or breakfast, dinacr, and suppor.

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