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JQA Diary, volume 29 25 October 1815
JQA Neal Millikan Health and Illness

25. George’s reading is necessarily suspended— I had a Night entirely sleepless; the inflammation and swelling of my eye continuing to increase, attended with severe and almost continual pain— This morning I could scarcely open the eye, and could not bear the light of day upon it— I was still in bed when Dr Cook called here, about ten in the Morning— He expressed his opinion that it was the Egyption Opthalmia, with a purulent discharge of acrimonious matter, and intimated the opinion that the vision itself was in imminent danger. I had better hopes, and told him that I had once before, between five and six years since had a very similar attack, the course of which 332I described to him— He still adhered to his opinion, and advised an immediate application of leaches— He said however that he wished me not to be alarmed. I was however so averse to the use of leaches that he consented to wait a day or two longer to see if the inflammation would not subside without them— We tried the effect of physic, diet, or rather almost total abstinence; a hot foot-bath, and elder flower tea— I rose about Noon, and returned to bed early in the Evening. Mr Grubb sent me out last Evening four Letters— One from Mr Jackson, our Chargé d’Affairs at Paris, enclosing one from Genl: La Fayette— He sends me a pamphlet, containing the proceedings of the two Chambers, after the abdication of Napoleon; and until the return of Louis 18 with the allied armies. The General has returned to his retirement at La Grange;—and expects to remain there in obscurity. The other Letters were from Mr C. W. Apthorp, Mr Richard Vigor, and Mr James Williams— Mr Apthorp’s letter was to inform me, that Mr Cary died at Royston, on the way from Liverpool to London, last Sunday, the 22d: Mr Vigor, writes from Bristol and is one of the Candidates for the appointment of Consul of the U. S. at that Port, instead of Mr Elias Van der Horst, formerly the Consul, but who declines the re-appointment. Mr Williams took a Passport from me for the United States, and some despatches— He met with some difficulty for want of a Passport from the Alien Office, about sailing from Liverpool, but was finally permitted to go— My wife read me all these Letters; and put them on file. It is impossible for me to think of answering any of them at present.