[dateline] Paris June 10. 1783
[salute] My dearest Friend
Day after day, Week after Week, Month after Month, roll away and bring Us no News.
I am So weary of this idle useless Time, that I dont know what to do with myself.
I dont wonder that People who have So much more of Such Time, than has fallen to my
Share, have recourse to Play for dissipation.
I find myself in the Same Situation with my Lord Chesterfield who Says in one of his
Letters, that he had a dangerous Fever in Holland, that after his Recovery the febrific
humour fell into his Legs which Swelled to Such a degree as to be very troublesome
to himself and all who came near him. That upon his Return to England he consulted
Mead, Broxholme and Arbuthnot who were ignorant of his Disorder and did him no good
but on the contrary increased the Swelling by improper Applications of Poultices &c.
That he then consulted a surgeon who told him his Evil proceeded from a Relaxation
of the skin and that he must bath his Legs, every Morning in Brine from the Salters
in which Meat had been pickled, as warm as he could bear it. He followed this Advice
and in three Weeks all his Symptoms disappeared and never returned.1
My Swelling has never been So violent, but it is not yet cured. If I increase my Exercise,
beyond the usual degree, it returns in [same?] degree. I know not where to find the Brine, and have never done any Thing for it
but Walk every day. But this Weakness in the Ankles is not all. I am vexed with other
Relicks of that fever, which are very troublesome. They appear in sharp fiery humours
which break out in the back of my Neck and in other Parts of me and plague me, as
much as the Uncertainty in which I am in of my future destination. Let me get home
and I will take Care how I run away again.
It is now 3 Months Since Barney arrived in Philadelphia and We have no answers to
any of our Letters. What is the Meaning of it?