Monday, February 10, 2020


A Second Opinion

Letter from A.E. Housman to Percy Withers (May 11, 1930), in The Letters of A.E. Housman, ed. Henry Maas (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1971), p. 295 (footnote omitted):
I am rejoiced to hear of your return to wine-bibbing. Laurence of this college (I forget if you have met him) has been suffering from gouty eczema, well earned: his doctor has limited him to whisky, and he made no progress. So he called in another doctor, who ordered him a bottle of Burgundy a day: he mended rapidly and is now well.
Hat tip: Eric Thomson.

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