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very disorderly and irregular form, and, for the most part, did in a

crisis, either in the fatal cases or in the others; for if it left

some of them for a season it soon returned again. In a few instances

the lever terminated with a crisis; in the earliest of these about the

eightieth day, and some of these relapsed, so that most of them were

not free from the fever during the winter; but the fever left most

of them without a crisis, and these things happened alike to those who

recovered and to those who did not. There being much want of crisis

and much variety as to these diseases, the greatest and worst

symptom attended the most of them, namely, a loathing of all

articles of food, more especially with those who had otherwise fatal

symptoms; but they were not unseasonably thirsty in such fevers. After

a length of time, with much suffering and great wasting, abscesses

were formed in these cases, either unusually large, so that the

patients could not support them, or unusually small, so that they

did no good, but soon relapsed and speedily got worse. The diseases

which attacked them were in the form of dysenteries, tenesmus,

lientery, and fluxes; but, in some cases, there were dropsies, with or

without these complaints. Whatever attacked them violently speedily

cut them off, or again, did them no good. Small rashes, and not

corresponding to the violence of the disease, and quickly

disappearing, or swellings occurred about the ears, which were not

resolved, and brought on no crisis. In some they were determined to

the joints, and especially to the hip-joint, terminating critically

with a few, and quickly again increasing to its original habit.

4. People died of all these diseases, but mostly of these fevers,

and notably infants just weaned, and older children, until eight or

ten years of age, and those before puberty. These things occurred to

those affected with the complaints described above, and to many

persons at first without them. The only favorable symptom, and the

greatest of those which occurred, and what saved most of those who

were in the greatest dangers, was the conversion of it to a strangury,

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