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Proceedings of the Provincial Court, 1675-1677
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                             Introduction.           xxiii

        to deliver James Jackes to the Governor. But Jackes “made his escape from
        on board the . . . John of London in the Downes in England contrary to the
        Knowledge of the said Miles”, so that the Captain could not and did not deliver
        him to the Governor. For this non-delivery, the Governor sued Captain Cooke
        for 4000 pounds of tobacco. When the case came up, on April 12, 1676, the
        Captain claimed that the escape without his knowledge relieved him of respon-
        sibility, and both parties put themselves upon the country. The jury found
        for the plaintiff, now himself Proprietary, and the Court awarded him 2000
        pounds of tobacco in damages, and 902 pounds more for costs (Post, pp.
        264-265).


                       DOCTORS AND MEDICINE

          Doctors and medicine figure but little in the record at this time. Only three
        or four men are described as chirurgeons, and, as before, what they were doing
        had not much relation to their profession. Bartholomew Glevin, chirurgeon,
        died, leaving only 200 acres of worthless land (post, p. 193). George Gunnell,
        chirurgeon, of Somerset County, gave special bail to pay what the Court
        might decide or go to jail (ibid., pp. 148, 367). When the case came up,
        defendant Gunnell came not but made default, and the Court gave a verdict
        against him. William Jones, Anne Arundel County physician, sued the estate
        of Edward Roe of Talbot County, on a writing obligatory, and though the
        writing could have originated from professional services, there is no indica-
        tion that it did do so. The Court gave him the verdict (ibid., p. 445). William
        Norman was the ship's doctor for the Ruth of London (of which more later):
        his pay was the same as the second mate's (ibid., p. 301).
          Sick people sometimes arranged with someone, usually an innholder, to take
        care of them in their illness, and then either failed to pay him when they recov-
        ered, or died before they could do it. September 1673, John Warwick “then
        being sick and weake and labouring under a grevious noysome distemper came
        to the house of the said Richard [Ridgell] and desired that he might have
        his lodgeing dyet and other necessary accomodations” and that Richard's wife,
        Hannah, would “be his nurse and tend him in his Sicknesse and . . . assest
        him in the dresseing and cureing of the severall ulcerated wounds he then had
        runing upon him”. The Ridgells agreed, he came to them and stayed three
        months and more. With him he brought his clothes, “One silke suite of mens
        Cloathes One serge suite of mens Cloathes One hatt & One razor one paire of
        stockins & one paire of gloves . . . .“ The silk suit was worth iooo pounds
        of tobacco, the other items brought the total value to 1310 pounds. This
        clothing he delivered to Ridgell for safekeeping, as he delivered himself into the
        hands of Hannah. She took care of him and dressed with salve and linen sev-
        eral ulcerated wounds in his elbows and in his thigh and other parts of his body,
        and nine hundred pounds of tobacco was not too much to ask. Innholder
        Richard also lent the sick man two bottles of wine of this country and two
        bottles of brandy. The total amount of the bill was 1445 pounds of tobacco,
        but, when it came time for Warwick to go, he refused to pay. And Ridgell
        refused to return his silk suit and the remainder of his clothing. Whereupon
        


 
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