Thomas Jefferson Papers

William Steptoe to Thomas Jefferson, [24 July 1819]

From William Steptoe

Saturday evening. [24 July 1819]

D, sir,

My syringe is so often lent & sent about the neighbourhood that I am sorry to say I do not know who had it last. However I will dispatch a boy after it, and when found send it over to Burwell, thinking it would answer a very good purpose in his case—In the mean time, you might repeat the purgative by Giving him a tablespoonfull of Castor oil once in two hours.1 After the Bowells are effectually open’d; the pain might be releived occasionally with Laudanum

With great regard Yours &c &c

Will: Steptoe

RC (MHi); partially dated at foot of text; adjacent to signature: “Mr Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as a letter of 24 July 1819 received the same day.

1Omitted period at right margin editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • castor oil search
  • Colbert, Burwell (TJ’s slave;1783–ca.1862; Critta Colbert’s husband); illness of search
  • health; bowel complaint search
  • medicine; castor oil search
  • medicine; laudanum search
  • medicine; syringes search
  • oil; castor search
  • slaves; errands by search
  • slaves; health of search
  • Steptoe, William; as doctor search
  • Steptoe, William; letter from search
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