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cold weather, placed upon the lid of a coffin under an open arch, exposed to the air; no very proper place for one in such circumstances, whose recovery was proposed to be attempted.

But that which makes this history uncommonly singular is, that she should throw herself into the water in the febrile delirium attendant upon the eruption the small-pox, and even after several pustules had appeared; as Mr. Oborne, when he first saw her at the work-house, observed livid spots upon the face and breast; thou he then, not at that time thinking them of importance enough to be attended to, disregarded them. The cold regimen during the course of the small-pox, so much recommended Sydenham, especially in the febrile state of this disease; and put in practice by many persons in our time in an extraordinary manner[1], was never,

  1. I am informed by a lady of distinction, and I give her own words, "that her daughter had used the cold bath ever since she was six months old: that at the age of two years and seven months, she was inoculated; and at the inoculator's request, the use of the cold bath was continued during the whole process of preparation, and even when the eruption appeared; without omitting it, except one day, when she was thought visibly worse for such omission. She was therefore bathed next day by this inoculator's express orders, and was from that time free from all feverish and disagreeable symptoms"