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

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Collection Title
John Winthrop Papers, 1651-1879 (inclusive),1651-1663 (bulk), undated.
Language
English
Date
1652 November 16-1653
Repository
Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
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Identifier
colonialnorthamerica.library.harvard.edu/med00230c00014

Content Notes

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 requested further advice. Odell adds several lines regarding rumors of an insurrection of a Native American tribe, inquiring if Winthrop has any information regarding "how matters stand & between the Dutch & the English."