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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 234, September 30, 1857

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Identifier: DX03806356

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 234, September 30, 1857

Description: Regarding the death of his brother-in-law, Joseph Greatbatch.


[Joseph] Greatbatch is dead. I have received a letter from Mary Anne [Greatbatch], with details of the sickness of the entire family, terminating fatally in the case of her husband. On his return from Ottawa, whither he had gone to purchase boards to build a temporary shed to put wheat in, he was seized with sickness, Fred [Greatbatch] being attacked next day. Poor Mary Anne writes that she “had her hands full,” the neighbours not being cognizant of the sickness did not call till four days subsequent, at which time she, herself, was seized with the malady, while engaged in baking bread, and Edward [Greatbatch] absent. They had sent to New Michigan two days back, but the Doctor had left his office for a journey to Pontiac. Mr Greatbatch didn’t want to have a Doctor, at all — they sent, therefore to purchase medecine — got calomel and rhubarb, but it produced little effect. Greatbatch was in a high fever, accompanied with sickness at the stomach, and Fred vomiting. Mary Anne had “crawled out of bed” when the Doctor appeared, fetched a pail of water, gave them medecine, and procured assistance from the neighbours. These turned out willingly to help them, relieving each other in watching. The Doctor called the disease bilious, remittent fever; Fred’s sickness seeming to be of an aqueish nature. (I

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-09-30

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diseases
Medical care


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