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blished it as a point of honour in his heavy enough to bold her against the squadron, that an en: my's vessel, strength of a very rapid tide, that withia the limits of his command, rushed into the Seine. All the boats should not even pass from port to were sent a-head to tow, and every port.
sail was set, but it was all in vain. “ The force employed in our en- After all these fruitless efforts, we terprize consisted of tbe launch, tried the effect of a small kedge, armed with an eighteen-pounder car- without hope of its holding. The ronade and muskels, four other boats vessel dragged it a long way, and at with muskets, including a two-armed length brought up. wherry, in which sir Sidney com- “ Here, therefore, we lay angioody manded in person, and carrying in all expecting dav-light, to discorer the fifty-two persons ; viz. nine officers, extent of the evil we had to encounsix of which were fronı twelve to six- ter, or for a propitious breeze to asteen years of age; three servants, and sist our escape. Day-light at length forty seanien. We were all volun- appeared, and terminaled our susteers; were disposed to surmount all pense. Our position was in the last obstacles that should oppose our pur- degree critical: we were half a league pose ; not a breath of air--not a higher up the river than Havre, the ripple on the water; the oars were town and harbour of which was now muffled; and every thing promised in motion, in hostile preparation. the happiest success. We quitted the Nothing now remained for us, but ship about ten o'clock, preceded by to make every possible preparatioa sir Sidney Smith in his wherry. Ar- on our parts for a desperate and unrived within sight of the Vengeur, we equal conflict. The vessel, however, lay upon our oars to reconnoitre her
was destitute of every material article position, and to receive definitive or- of defence, such as grape-shot and ders. This done, we took a broad match. Thiere was not a single round sheer between her and the shore, in of the former, and the latter was so order to assume the appearance of bad, that it would never fire upon fishing-boats coming out of the har- the first application. It was resolved, bour, and thereby protract the mo- however, to fight as long as the lugment of alarm : in this we succeeded ger would swim, in the expectation beyond expectation, and afterwards that, by protracting our surrender, a rowed directly towards her, reserving prosperous wind might deliver us, our tire till she should commence the even in the last extremity. All Havre action. This happened after hailing was vow in motion to attack us; us within about half-pistol-shot; some shot had reached us whilst we the boats returned it in the instant, were in the act of discharging our and within less than ten minutes we prisoners, and sending theni on their had got possession of the vessel.
parole to Honfleur; for, with his “ It was vow that we first disco- usual humanity, sir Sidney Smith vered our difficulties. The enemy proposed to send them away clear had very wisely cut their cable during from the dangers of a battle in which the action, the vessel had therefore they could not co-operate. They rebeen drifting towards the shore all ceived his kindness with gratitude. this time, On perceiving it, we “ The allack now commenced. sought in vain for a second anchor, We got under weigh to atlack a large
lugger ngger that was advancing, whilst the evening. He said, when he put the boats were detached to rake her with pot to bis mouth, something rose in rape shot and musquetry. The re- his throat and choaked him. He
il was, that she sheered off. We swallowed, as he thought, about a 201 not, however, escaped clear: tea spoonful, and then was seized ier grape and musquetry had greatly' with a trembling, and cramp in his disabled our rigging, and vowded arms and legs, and a sen-ation of some of our best men: your young pricking, as if pins or needles were friend, Charles B. mas ainongst the run into bus flesh. His appetite failed cumber. This aciion was scarcely hirm on Saturday last. Yesterday he orer, when we were surrounded on ale a small piece of mution, which all sidni by a variety of small craft, made him sick at his stomach. He crowded with troops; and another bas ealen nothing this day; though action immediately commenceri, more he said he coulii swallow any thing, desperate, and more unequal than the except it were in a liquid form; but furmer. Şir Sidney ordered all the has no desire for food. He said he musqueis to be collected, and loaded, was attacked on Thursday last with a and made such a distribution of them, violent pain in his right arm, from that each man was enabled to fire his shoulders to the ends of his tinseveral rounds without the necessily gers. This pain left him on Saturof releadding: the midshipmen re- day night. He rubbed the arm with foarted them as fast as they were dis. Imitshorn and oil, and wrapped it up chargerl. In this manner an inces- with flavnel, on Saturdav. Mrs. sant tire was kept up for some time. Mitcalf informed me, that on liig No breeze, however, appeared, and seeing any liquid poured out for him resistance was evidenils in vain, as to drink, even before he takes bola the country was assembling. In a of the pol, he begins to tremble, and word, we were compelled to sur- the choaking seizes him. She said, in renrler."
atiempting to drink, be becomes convulsed, his eyes look glassv, and
he s'ares in an unusual and frightful Dr. Moseley's Account of a singular manner. The case this clearly deC'use of Hydrophobia. monstrated, I desired Mrs. Metcalf
to go with me into another room. I Chelsea Hospital, Monday Evening, did this that I might pet alarm ber Nov. 9, 1807.
son, by questions necessary for tura This afternoon, at three o'clock, ther information. Neither Mrs. NietMrs. Metcalf, No. 2, Compton- cali nor her son had the slightest street, brought her son, Mr. Frederic suspicion of the cause, or the nature Michael Metcalt, to me for advice, of this dreadful calamity. at my house in Albany, Piccadilly. I asked Mrs. Meicait, hethier her
He informed me, ibat he was at- son had been lately bilten by any tacked about four o'clock yesterday dog ?. The very question so much morning with a ditliculty in sırallow- alarmed ber, that she was for a few ing any liquid, which he first per- minutes in a state of distraction. ceived when he attempled to drmk When she was able to speak, she exsome porter, the remains of a half claimes with a lord shriek, that he pint which he had on the preceding had been bitten in the hand by a dog
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in the summer. As soon as she be- and both times was choaked anu came calm and composed, we re. convulsed, with a wild staring in his turned to her son.
eyes, and a trembling all over him On interrogating him, he informed and immediately after the effort of me that in the beginning of July last swallowing, he made a hideous poisk. there were two dogs fighting despe- The second time I gave him the rately in the street, opposite his mo- water, I was much alarned; I thought ther's house ; and he, observing one it would bave occasioned a fatal coeof them had one of his eyes torn out, vulsion. It is impossible to describe and the other dog likely to kill him, a sound; and I can compare the en:!eavoured to part them; but on noise he niade, which was from retaking bold of the dog he wished to pealed spasmodic contractio of the rescue from the fury of the other, be organs of respiration, to nothing but received a bite from him on his right to that sort of stified barking which hand. Two of the dog's teeth pene- dogs sometimes make when disturbed trated the outside of the hand, but in their sleep; or to the hoarse short the palm of the band was consider- barking of a druver's dog. When ably wounded. This wound was he took the pot in bis land, he fell dressed with Friar's balsam and into a tremor, held down his bead, poulticed, and was cured in a week and was in great distress; he kept the or ten days.
pot in his hand a few seconds before I examined his hand. There was he could summon courage to lift it a small degree of reduess remajning, to liis mouth; after which I took it but no heat, or pain, where the wound from him, as from his agony he could had been in the palm of his hand, not hold it. He bore the sight of and no vestige whatever on the out the water in the pot, wbile it was in side where the teeth had been. There my hand, when it was not offered was notbing observable in his throat, him to drink; but when I brougbt a differing from its natural state; nor large bason filled with water, and any increase of saliva. Pulse 88, ra- put it before his eyes, be seemed ther feeble, and not quite regular. frightened ; and when I agitated the He had no thirst. He told me bis water near him, he was instantly afchoaking seemed to him as arising tacked with what he called " the from wind; and that he always dis- wind rising in his throat," tremcharged a great deal from his throat bling, and that hoarse faucial noise whenever he attempted to swallow. before mentioned. He entreated me He said he took some dill-seed water not to order any medicine for laim in last night, and thought it relieved a liquid form, as he said he could him; but never could get down more not take it; and the attempt, be was than a tea-spoonfull at a time, and certain, would kill him. He said the that with great difficulty. In one could swallow any solid substance. attenipt to swallow some of this wa- I put this to the proof; and, as he ter, he was so choaked and convulsed, had been costive for several days, I that he would bave fallen into the gave him four aperient pills, which fire, his mother told me, if she had he swallowed one at a time, but with not saved him. I gave him some wa- some difficully. He had now been ter in a pint pot twice ; each time with me three quarters of an bour, he swallowed about a tea-spoonfull, when lie and Mrs. Metcalf left Al
bany, with the best advice I could Report of the Royal College of give, and walked back to Compton- Physicians of London, on Vacstreet. From his appearance and cinution. Presented to the House conversation, no person would have of Commons. thought there was any indisposition about bim. His voice and speech The royal college of physicians of had suffered no alteration. He was London, having received his majein the eighteenth year of his age; a sty's commands, in compliance with fine youth, in mind as well as in per- an address from the house of comson. His humanity here was his inons, “to inquire into the state of misfortune. With what grief did I vaccine inoculation in the United see him depart from Albany with his Kingdom, to report their opinion and poor mother, knowing, as I did, that observations upon that practice, he had but a few hours to live! I upon the evidence which has been visited him at eight o'clock in the adduced in its support, and upon evening. Pulse 110, and very feeble. the causes which bave bitherto reI gave him some water. In attempt- tarded its general adoption;" have ing to drink, the usual consequences applied themselves diligently to the -choaking, wildness in the eyes, and business referred to them. the noise in the throat, followed. Deeply impressed with the importThe pills operated about nine o'clock, ance of an enquiry which equally several times. About ten o'clock involves the lives of individuals, and he becanie so violently convulsed, the public prosperity, they have that four young nien, his brothers, made every exertion to investigate could scarcely keep him in his bed; the subject fully and impartially. but lie made no attempt to bite any In aid of the knowledge and expeperson. He began also to foam at rience of the members of their own ihe mouth, with white froth. The body, they have applied separately quantity of this froth was so great, to each of the licentiates of the col. as to require many towels and lege; they have corresponded with bandkerchiefs, in wiping it from his the colleges of physicians of Dublin mouth. At this period he likewise and Edinburgh ; with the colleges became delirious at intervals, but at of surgeons of London, Edinburgh, times in his perfect senses; and and Dublin ; they have called upon complained, though in a very warm the societies established for vaccinaroom, of being cold, and begged to tion, for an account of their pracbe kept warm. In this condition tice, to what extent it bas been carbe continued until one o'clock on ried on, and what has been the rethe following morning, when, from sult of their experience; and they his violent convulsive exertions and have, by public notice, invited indistruggling, he was entirely exhaust- viduals to contribute whatever infored, and remained calm and quiet mation they had severally collected. afterwards.--He expired at a quar- They have in consequence been ter before iwo, 18 weeks from the furnished with a mass of evidence accident; 46 hours from the coni- communicated with the greatest mencement of the hydrophobia, and readiness and candour, which enaten hours after I first saw him. bles them to speak with confidence R. M. 3 0 3
upon upon all the principal points re- to the contrary being extremely rare. ferred to them.
The disease exciied by it is sight, 1. During eight years which have and seldom prevents those nier elapsed since Dr. Jenner made his it from following their ordinary ocdiscovery public, the progress of cupations. It has been comuualvaccination has been rapid, not only cated with safety to pregnant wo in all parts of the United Kingdom, mien, to children during dentitio, but in every quarter of the civilized and in their earliest infancy: in all world. To the British islands some which respects it possesses maten! hundred thensands have been vaccin advantages over inoculation for the nated, in our possessions in the East small-pox; which, Though prostueIndies upwards of $09,000, and live of a disease generally s4, among the nations of Europe the yet sometimes occasions alarnog practice has become general. Pro- symptoms, and is in a few cases fessional men have submitted it to fatai. ihe fairest trials, and the public The security derived from vaccihave, for the most part, received it nation against the small-por, if not without prejudice. A few indeed absolutely perfect, is as dearly so as have stood forth the adversaries of can perhaps be expected from any vaccination, on the same grounds as human discovery; for anongst setheir predecessors who opposed the veral hundred thousand cases, with inoculation for the small-pox, falsely the results of which the college bave led by hypothetical reasoning in the been made acquainted, the number investigation of a subject which of alleged failures has been surmust be supported, or rejected, prizingly small; so much so, as to upon facts and observation only. form certainly no reasonable ob With these few exceptions, the tes-jection to the general adoption of timony in favour of vaccination bas vaccmation; for it appears, that been inost strong and satisfactory, there are vot nearly so many failand the practice of it, though it has ures, in a given number of vaccireceived a check in some quarters, maled persons, as there are deaths appears still to be upon the increase in an equal number of persons inin most parts of the United King- oculated for the small-pox. Nothing dom.
can more clearly demonstrate the II. The college of physicians, in superiorily of vaccination giving their observations and opi- the inoculation of the small-pos, pions on the practice of vaccination, than this consideration; and it is a think it right to premise, that they most important fact, which has been advance nothing but what is sup- confirmed in the course of this ported by the multiplied and un- inquiry, that in almost every case, equivocal evidence which has been where the small-pox has succeded brought be ore them, and they have vaccination,, whether by inoculation not considered any facts as proved or by casual infection, the disease but what have been staled from las varied much from its ordinary actual olag-rvation.
course; it has neither been the Vaccination appears to be in ge- same in the violerce, bor in the rerat per.ectly safe; the instances duration of its symptoms; but has,