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To the Editor of the Nortlt…



To the Edilor of the North /Vales Gazelle, AN EXTENSIVE ACQUAINTANCE. SIR—I do not know whether you have ever observed the progress of a contagious disease, which I fear we must consider as incurable all inordinate and feverish Ihiist for extensive acquaintance, it chiefly attacks the female sex, is highly infectious, is attended with an. xiety, restlessness, impatience, a peevish loathing of family society, fickleness of tem- per, and flushings in the cheeks, it is of so subtile a nature as to be even communicable by letter, and 1 -have observed in the case of my pourwife,who has long laboured under it, that a fresh paroxysm is soinetimesbrought on by the perusal olfhe London Newspapers, where a minute account of many others who act under ihe influence of the same disease, operates on her like electricity. I have great hopes, from my wife's youth, that, if recovery be possible, her chance of it is good. We have been marrie-d some few years, have three fine children, and lived happy in one of the most pleasant cities in England, where a choise and cheerful neigh- bourhood gratified every wish we could form as to SOCK I pleasure. Unfortunately Lady Nightly paid its t Ciii-istnins visit, and being, far gone in Ihe complaint, I have deplored", spread the infection through the whole city. Strange as it may seem, her conversation richly gemmtd with lilIes of sirs, ladies, and honourable*, her civil contempt for our circle, who shewed her every attention, her repeated declarations that it was impossible to live' out of Ball) or London in the season," am; even the perusal of her visiting book, all in- flamed the disease, which broke out in my family with alarming slrcuglh. An immediate m C, desire of changing place, was added to the symptoms, I have already described. Our country house, though in one of the driest and most healthful situations iu Cheshire, was, branded with the odious epithet of damp, and my wife constantly complained of relaxation, winch I am told is often compatible, as in her case, with unbroken sleep, and an excellent appetite. Having heard that cold afftisio" often succeeded ill an early stage of th dill ease, we removed to Parkgate, and tried a course of sea-bathing 5 this operated as a palliation, as long as the shore was so crowd- ed, that we could with difficulty secure ac commodations ,• but scarcely had the removal of the greatest part of the company allowed us to settle in a commodious bouse, when the efficacy of the cold affusion seemed to be ex hausted. The air of Bath was next recom- meuded, but here the disorder broke out with redoubled force from the impossibility of sa- tisfying that thirst which I have already men- tioned, as its very essence. At Parkgale we were visited by all the world, blest shade of a public bathing place, wheresoulseach qlher draw." Far different was our fate in Bath Some who had been most intimate with us at Parkgate, nay, the very persons who had fa. voured us by frequent acceptance of our ill. vitations, seemed nearly to have lost all recol- lection of past intercourse. In vain did my wife revisit with redoubled zeal. In mall) instances her visits were returned with chilling deiay jn others a c«nslrained apology was substituted in place of the expected card.— Our Cheshire acquaintances, many of whom happened to be in Bath, were desirous to con tinueon ourustiif teriiis of cordiif itrtercotirse, but my wife's disorder gave her a dislike to o!d friends and mtlOHlles-as to relations the very sight of one produced dejection and weakness, sometimes followed by hysteric affections. This, Sir, is our present situation. — If in the course of your extensive reading, you have found any cine for this spreading evil, or can recommend a Physician who will not prescribe a remedy worse than the disease, y ru will much oblige me by your informa- tioit and should any new symptoms occur, i shall take the liberty of mentioning them, provided you do not discourage my t, present application. 1 remain, J'our obedient servant, w-, TIM TRANQUIL.


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