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THRALE'S ILLNESS. " Your account of Mr. Thrale's illness is very
terrible." ? Johnson, June 14, 1779; Letters, vol. ii. p. 47. My
account of Mr. Thrale's illness had every reason to be terrible. He
had slept at Streatham Park, and left it after breakfast, looking
as usual. His sister's husband, Mr. Nesbitt, often mentioned in
these Letters and Memoirs, had been dead perhaps a fortnight. He
was commercially connected, I knew, with Sir George Colebrook and
Sir Something Turner; but that was all I knew ? and that was
nothing. I knew of nothing between Thrale and them, till after my
return from Italy, and was the more perhaps shocked and amazed
when, sitting after dinner with Lady Keith and Doctor Burney and
his daughter, I believe, my servant Sam opened the drawing-room
door with un air effare, saying: " My master is come home, but
there is something amiss." I started up, and saw a tall black
female figure, who cried, " Don't go into the library, don't go in
I say." My rushing by her somewhat rudely was all her prohibition
gained: but there sat Mrs. Nesbitt holding her brother's hand, who
I perceived knew not a syllable of what was passing. So I called
Dr. Burney, begged him to fly in the post-chaise, which was then
waitingfor him, and send me some physician, Sir E. Jebb or Pepys,
or if none else could be found, my old accoucheur, Doctor Broin
field of Gerard Street. 'Twas lie that came; and, convincing me it
was an apoplectic seizure, acted accordingly, while the silly
ladies went home quite contented I believe: only Mrs. Nesbitt said
she thought he was delirious; and from her companion I learned that
he had dined at their house, had seen the will opened, and had
dropped as if lifeless from the dinner-table; when, instead of
calling help, they called their carriage, and bro...
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