Mr. Newell to the Humane Society Colchester Medical Society, August 22, 1798
It is with the utmost pleasure I take up the pen to add another instance
of the diﬀusive utility of the truly Noble Humane Society.
Last week, B. Rattenby,, swimming across the river, sunk in the view of several spectators. The body was taken out of the water, swarth and lifeless. The restorative means were resorted to, and with the happiest success. After an hour and a half attention signs of life appeared.
Mr. Salter restored a sister of this man’s last year. Her case was attended with very aggravated circumstances.
THE CASE RELATED BY MR SALTER.
Boxford, September 5th, 1798
The young man was under water at least seven minutes before we could get any body to jump in after him. He was, when taken out, an apparent corpse. I had recourse to the means recommended by the HUMANE SOCIETY, and signs of life returned in about half an hour by a groan, which continued about an hour, when he became sensible and spoke to his Father. — I called the next morning, observed a very full pulse, laborious breathing, and very feverish. I bled him and gave him antiphlogiftic remedies. — May patient not much relieved, I repeated the use of the lancet, and , in a few days, his health was perfectly restored. This instance of success enables me to say I have not only retired the body, but saved a soul.
“TO SEE THE VITAL GLOW RETURN,
“RE-ANIMATE THE FADED CHEEK;
“LIFE’S ENFEEBLED SPARK REKINDL’D BURN,
“AND GIVE — WHAT LANGUAGE CANNOT SPEAK.”