George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 31 August 1786]

Thursday 31st. Mercury at 60 in the Morning—63 at Noon and 62 at Night.

More rain last Night & this forenoon—with heavy weather all day. Wind Easterly.

Siezed with an ague before Six Oclock this morning after having laboured under a fever all night.

Sent for Doctr. Craik who arrived just as we were setting down to dinner; who, when he thought my fever sufficiently abated, gave me a cathartick and directed the Bark to be applied in the Morning.

bark: Quinine derived from the bark of various species of the cinchona tree was ground into a powder and taken to reduce fevers.

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