Friend Boughton last Sabbath
had something of a partial crisis – his
fever moderate for a day or more then
began to increase again. He is low
and nervous. wishes to see you if con-
venient. I am of the opinion that
his fever last 'till the 21st day if not
longer. You Sister Patty has been
at W. & Ss since monday now returns. is
sorry she has not seen you, blaim not
her, but me. - it may be possible
to disoblige persons when your in-
tentions are the contrary. -
Doctor S. goes for Boston monday Morn.
I am Yours -
Wednesday 2 o'l [?] O. Partridge
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Oliver Partridge (1712-1792) of Hatfield, Massachusetts, was visiting in West Stockbridge, in Berkshire County, where he owned land, in October of 1785. His concern for the health of a friend was written in a letter to another friend, William Stoddard Williams, a doctor. Dr. Williams had recently begun to practice medicine in Richmond after finishing his apprenticeship with Dr. Sergeant in West Stockbridge. The "Doctor S" referred to in the letter is probably Dr. Erastus Sergeant of that town.