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Depression and Smallpox

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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

LMWM was dangerously ill with smallpox.
Grundy, Isobel. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: Comet of the Enlightenment. Clarendon.

Sarah Scott

Sarah Robinson (later SS ) contracted a severe case of smallpox, which left her with noticeable scarring.
Rizzo, Betty, and Sarah Scott. “Introduction”. The History of Sir George Ellison, University Press of Kentucky, p. ix - xlv.

Mary Shelley

MS contracted smallpox while visiting Paris; but she survived.
Mellor, Anne K. Mary Shelley: Her Life, Her Fiction, Her Monsters. Routledge.

Susanna Blamire

She survived a bout of smallpox in her youth which left her somewhat marked.

Catharine Burton

At the age of sixteen CB survived an attack of smallpox, but the year after that she fell seriously ill again (having just been practising severe religious abstinence). She was ill for seven years, with all kinds of symptoms including giddiness, spots on the skin, stomach pains, failure of appetite, shaking fits, and, she says, her bones moving out of their proper places. Her account of the remedies used on her is painfully vivid: bitter potions, sweats, vomits, bleeding, and Spanish flies,
Burton, Catharine. An English Carmelite: The Life of Catharine Burton. Editors Hunter, Thomas and Henry James Coleridge, Burns and Oates.
as well as vinegar on her blisters.
Burton, Catharine. An English Carmelite: The Life of Catharine Burton. Editors Hunter, Thomas and Henry James Coleridge, Burns and Oates.
She recovered immediately when she vowed to become a nun, and found that, for instance, her previously rigid fingers were now pliable.
Burton, Catharine. An English Carmelite: The Life of Catharine Burton. Editors Hunter, Thomas and Henry James Coleridge, Burns and Oates.
She therefore attributed her cure to a miracle, and thought all I could do for God too little.
Burton, Catharine. An English Carmelite: The Life of Catharine Burton. Editors Hunter, Thomas and Henry James Coleridge, Burns and Oates.
It does not appear that she was ever ill again, unless perhaps trivially, until shortly before her death.
Grundy, Isobel. “Women’s History? Writings by English Nuns”. Women, Writing, History 1640-1740, edited by Isobel Grundy and Susan Wiseman, Batsford and University of Georgia Press, pp. 126-38.

Lady Anne Clifford

LAC , along with her daughter Margaret, was ill with smallpox during her husband's last illness, and they were both unable to visit him. Although she survived the illness, it permanently scarred her face.
Spence, Richard T. Lady Anne Clifford, Countess of Dorset, Pembroke and Montgomery. Sutton Publishing.

An Collins

Unspecified illnesses coming one after another kept her housebound for years. Passages in her poems suggest that she was disabled in some way and possibly disfigured (by, for instance, smallpox).

Anne Conway

AC suffered a severe fever before the age of twelve, which seems to have brought on a tendency to excruciating headaches. These (probably migraine) recurred throughout her life, so often as to be almost permanent. Her all-round health, too, was fragile,
Nicolson, Marjorie Hope, and Anne Conway. “Prologue”. The Conway Letters, edited by Sarah Hutton and Sarah Hutton, Clarendon Press, p. xxiii - xxix.
xxvii and n6
Conway, Anne et al. The Conway Letters. Editor Hutton, Sarah, Clarendon Press.
and the medical treatments she underwent for her headaches sound in themselves enough to ensure ill-health. She went down with smallpox shortly after her only child died of it.
Hutton, Sarah. Anne Conway: A Woman Philosopher. Cambridge University Press.

Queen Elizabeth I

QEI suffered an attack of smallpox which she barely survived. The question of the succession loomed, and Burghley actually wrote a memo instructing the Privy Council , in the event of her death, to appoint the next monarch.
Gaskill, Malcolm. “Dining with Ivan the Terrible”. London Review of Books, Vol.
, No. 3, pp. 37-8.

Katharine Evans

Soon after the women's imprisonment they were so badly stung by mosquitoes while asleep at night that their faces became as unrecognisably swollen as if they had smallpox.
Evans, Katharine, and Sarah Chevers. This is a Short Relation of some of the Cruel Sufferings. Robert Wilson.
Their health suffered severely from other factors, such as heat and hunger-strikes, and each one was several times near death.

Oliver Goldsmith

OG survived a bout of smallpox as a child, and was left deeply scarred.

Christian Gray

Christian was still a child when she went blind, probably as a result of the smallpox attack which scarred her badly.
Drummond, Peter Robert. Perthshire in Bygone Days: One Hundred Biographical Essays. W. B. Whittingham.
When she was in her twenties or thirties, the suggestion was made that she should apply for admission to the Asylum for the Blind at Edinburgh, and she got so far as to write a sketch of her life apparently designed for selectors. It is not clear whether or not she actually applied; in any event, she never entered the Asylum. Though as a young woman she could walk outdoors unaided, later in life (still in her forties) she had difficulty walking.

Maria Grey

MG contracted smallpox, but survived.
Ellsworth, Edward W. Liberators of the Female Mind: The Shirreff Sisters, Educational Reform, and the Women’s Movement. Greenwood.

Caroline Herschel

She was left (in her own words) totally disfigured, with some damage to her left eye, by an attack of smallpox when she was four years old, of which a younger brother died..
Brock, Claire. The Comet Sweeper: Caroline Herschel’s astronomical ambition. Thriplow.

Frances Seymour, Countess of Hertford

At some time before she was married, Frances Thynne suffered from smallpox, which left her a little marked.
Hughes, Helen Sard. The Gentle Hertford, Her Life and Letters. Macmillan.

Sophia Hume

After her husband's death she suffered an attack of smallpox.

Lucy Hutchinson

On the day her marriage contract with John Hutchinson was signed, Lucy Apsley went down with smallpox. She lost her looks at least temporarily, but kept her suitor.
Hutchinson, Lucy. Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson. Editor Sutherland, James, Oxford University Press.

Margaret Laurence

ML 's childbirth experiences were not propitious. Her daughter was delivered by forceps (at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Maternity Hospital in London, UK) after a 36-hour labour, and the delivery cracked the baby's collar-bone—a not unusual occurrence, ML was assured. The bone healed within ten days. Jocelyn lived through a greater danger at two months, when her smallpox and yellow fever injections, for Africa, were administered too close together and in the wrong order. The baby went into convulsions, while the doctor concerned (who was angry with Laurence for insisting on continuing to breast-feed while her daughter was severely ill in hospital) ascribed the convulsions to either a congenital tendency or else meningitis. Two years later another doctor admitted that the first had been at fault. When Laurence got pregnant in Ghana a pregnancy test falsely registered negative, netting her a diagnosis of neurotic, and after that she had two false labours before managing a swift natural childbirth, assisted by a reassuring black midwife. A white nursing sister spoiled the experience slightly by forcing her to eat while in labour although she said she would throw up, which she duly did.
Laurence, Margaret. Dance on the Earth: A Memoir. McClelland and Stewart.
138, 141-2, 146-9

Charlotte Lennox

At some time during her youth she suffered from a bout of smallpox which left her badly marked.

Delarivier Manley

When they parted she fell gravely ill. Possibly this was the occasion in her youth when she had smallpox. This left her badly marked, though she said later that she had little beauty to spoil.
Manley, Delarivier. The Adventures of Rivella. Editor Zelinsky, Katherine, Broadview.