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Written by CathyW
(9/1/2005 6:00 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, 12 drops of laudanum, penned by Joan Ellen
I'm guessing, but it would probably depend on the herbalist or the source how strong the stuff was. I know that laudanum was very commonly used for pain relief well into the early part of the 20th century, brings to mind Eugene O'Neill's Long Days Journey Into Night where the wife became addicted to the stuff after a doctor prescribed it to her for postpartem complications.
We now know that the longer one uses an opiate, the more one needs and have need for it. I wonder when Mrs. Austen started using it, in these letters she is 58 or 59 and she lived into her late 80's.
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