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Shakespeare's Body
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1856  Thursday, 10 November 2005

From: 		Ivan Lupic <
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Date: 		Thursday, 10 Nov 2005 10:40:28 +0100
Subject: 16.1846 Shakespeare's Body
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1846 Shakespeare's Body

"As Judith Shakespeare, the second daughter, was married to Thomas 
Quyney in February, 1616, there was doubtless a celebration of some 
kind. This Drayton may have attended, since he stayed often at Clifford 
Chambers near-by. He was a patient of the poet's son-in-law, Dr. Hall, 
and was cured by him of a tertian fever with an infusion of violets. It 
was a pity that the doctor could not do as much for his wife's father, 
who was only fifty-two when he died." [Ivor Brown & Geroge Fearon, _This 
Shakespeare Industry: Amazing Monument_ (New York: Haskell House 
Publishers, 1970; first published 1939), p. 27.]

Curious sort of negative capability, to be sure.

Ivan Lupic
PS Here is a useful piece of advice for all Stratford pilgrims taken 
from the same book, pp. 41-2:

"Dr. Hall, son-in-law of the poet, settled in New Place, favoured the 
Puritans, and prospered greatly in medicine. His counsel was sought far 
and wide. He wrote, in Latin, a record of his more interesting cases 
which was translated into English by a colleague called Cooke and 
published in 1657, long after Hall's death, which occurred in 1635. The 
volume had the charming title of _Select Observations on English 
Bodies_. Unfortunately the English body of William Shakespeare was not 
mentioned, though Hall describes the cure of Mrs. Hall, the poet's 
daughter Susanna, from colic, scurvy, and melancholia, and of his other 
daughter, Elizabeth, whose mouth, after a convulsion, was somehow set 
crooked in her face, 'struck so,' as the nursemaids say. This was owing 
to a chill caught on April 22nd. Visitors to the Birthday Celebrations 
know those Stratford Aprils. Let them beware of East Winds, wrap up 
accordingly, and not return from pilgrimage with their mouths apparently 
nibbling their own ears." [pp. 41-42]

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