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The

L

I

F

E

of

the

L

I B.

I

monious

Things

;

eating abundance

of

Muftard at every Meal, and drinking only

Wormwood-beer,

be.

and

Ming

fome Exercife,

as

much

as

time would

give me

leave.

By

this time

divers

eminent Phyficians

agreed

that my

Difeafe was

the Hypo

-

condriack Melancholy, and not the

Scurvy.

To

recite

a

Catalogue

of

my Symptomsand Pains, from Head to Feet

,

would

be a tedious interruption to the Reader

:

I

(hall

therefore only

fay

this

, that the

Symptoms and

Effeets

of

my General Indifpofition were very terrible

; fuch

as

a

flatulent Stomach,

that turn'd

all things into Wind

;

a Rheumatick

head

to

a

ve-

ry

great

degree; and

great lharpnefs

in my

Blood,

which

occafioned me

no fmall

trouble

by

the

excoriation

of

my Fingers ends,which upon any heat I us'd, or Aro-

matick thing

I

took, would

be

raw and bloody

:

and every Spring and Fall, orby

any kind ofheating, my Nofe

ßi11

fell

a

bleeding, and that with fuch

a

great vio.

lence, and

in

fach

exceflive

quantities,

as

often

threatned

my Life

:

which

I

then

afcribed

to

fuch Caufes

as

I

have

line

liv'd to

fee

my felf miflaken in

;

for

I

am

now fully

fatisfied

that

all

proceeded from Latent

Stones

In

my Reins, occafioned

by unfuitable

Diet

in

my Youth.

And

yet two

wonderful Mercies

I

had

from God

x.

That

I

was

never overwhelm'd

with

realMelancholy.

My Diftemper never

went

fo

far

as

to

potters me

with

any inordinate Fancies,

or damp me

with finking

Sadnefs,

although the Phyficianscall'd it the

Hypocoadriack Melancholy.

I

had at

feveral times

the

Advice of

no

lefs

than

Six

and thirty Phyficians, by whole

order

I

us'd

Druggs

without number almoft, which God thought not

fit

to

make

fuc-

cefsful

for a Cure

:

and indeed

all Authors

that I

read

,

acquainted me

that my

Difeafe was

incurable; whereupon

I

at

lair

forfook

the

10

&ors

for the molt part,

except when the urgency

of

a

Symptom,

or Pain , confirained me

to

Peek

fome

prefent

eafe.

z.

The

fécond Mercy

which

I

met with,

was,

that

my

Pains, though

daily

and

almoft continual

-did

not

very much difable nie from my

Duty; but

I

could Study,

and Preach, and Walk almoft

as

well

if

I

had been

free

:

(of

which moreanon).

At

lait

falling into

a

fudden and great decay and debility,

I

went to

Sir

Theodore

Mayerne,

who

kept me in

a

long Courfe

of

Phyfick, which did me fomegood for

the prefent and after that, riding much

in the

Army

did me more good

than

a-

ny thing

:

But having

one Symptom on

me

(the

confiant excoriation

of

my three

formed

Fingers ends on

both Handsto theraw flefh)

he lent me

to

Tunbridge.

Waters,

v:

here I

ßaid three

Weeks ;

and after that my

Defiu&ions

and Agitation

of

the

Serous

Matter, much

encreafed,

(though the Excoriation

ceafed

at that

time)

and haftned my greater ruine. Efpecially one Errour

of

his did me

hurt

:

He

vehemently perffwaded me

to the eating

of

Apples, which

of

all

things

in the

World

had ever been my mofi deadly Enemies

fo

that when

it

was

too

late

,

Dr.

Mayerne

perceived

that

though Acrimony

difpofed

the matter, yet

meer .flatulency

pumped up the

Blood

,

and

was

the

molt

immediate

Caufe

of

the

Hæmorrbagie.

Having taken cold with riding thin clothed in the Snow, and having but two

days

eaten

Apples before Meat,

as

he perfwaded me, I

fell

into

fuch a bleeding

as

continued

fix

days,

with fome

fits

of

intermiffion

;

fo

that about a

Gallon of Blood

that wenoted

was

loft, and what more I know not

:

Upon

this

both he and

other

Phyficians

gave

me

up

as

hopelefi,

through the

weaknefs

thereby

occafioned,

and

concluding that

all

would end in a

Drópfie,

(

for

myLeggs

began to fwell3)

:

By

a

Friend's

perfwa

ion I

wrote to Dr.

George

Bates,

(Archiater to

King

Charles

the

Second,

as

Sir

Theodore

Mayerne

was

to King

Charles

the

Firß)

who concurred fo

exa&ly in

all

points

with

Dr.

Mayerne,

as

if

they had confulted,

(the

Cafe and

the

Medicaments prefcribed being

unufual) that

1

marvelled at

their Concord

:

and

by both their Counfels ( though

neither

of

them had any

confiderable hope

of

my Life),

I

wasnecef

hated,

betides

other

Remedies,

to

be oft

in purging, for

all

my weaknefs,

to prevent

a Dropfie.

Within

a

quarter of

a

year

I

was able

weak-

ly

to Preach again

;

but continued

divers years

in

languifhing Pains and Weak

-

neffes,

double or

fourfold

to what

I

had

before

:

So

that

betides all

my former In-

firmities, ever after this Bleeding my

chief

Difeafe

is

a

Preematura Senebtio,

through

the

great

Diminution

of

Nature's

Stock

:

And

jult the fame Symptoms

as

molt

men

haveabout Fourfcore years

of

Age,

are added

to

thofe which

I

had

be-

fore.

In fomefeeming

Necefñties my

latter

Phyfcians,

after all

this,

did four or

five

times take fame Blood from me

;

and once

a fpoon£ul

in

about

(even

Ounces

of

Se-

rum

didcoagulate

; but

at

no

other time would one jot

of it

ever coagulate

or