Monday, 27th August, 1866

Zac went to Canton this morning to carry a note to Mr. Slaughter respecting bacon and requesting him to purchase for me in Richmond 2 pair Monroe shoes for Zac, two pair Berlen gloves and two bottles “Osgood’s Indian Cholagogue” to cure Ague and fever.1 – – Bill rode Shakespeare to the C. H. Zac walked up after dinner to bring him back. He will remain a few days with Ju. – – Zac informed me that Mr. Dunn’s Case had been referred and decided we are to pay him $70 for his horse being gored by an animal of ours, and I think if the facts in the case were understood, the fault was as much in his part as ours. I’ve understood that all were in Enfield together and his little son in driving them all out, carried ours along with them and the accident occurred.

  1. Dr. Osgood’s India Cholagogue, manufactured by C.H. and F.L. Osgood of Norwich, Connecticut, was touted a cure for “Fever and Ague, Dumb Ague, Chill Fever, Intermittent Fever and the Various forms of Bilious Diseases.”  The product, “Never Known to Fail,” was “Designed especially for those affections of the Liver and other internal organs, which attend the diseases of bilious climates.” Those suffering from such diseases were told that India Cholagogue was “an invaluable remedy for purifying the blood” and “promoting the discharge of bile…”  Further, the inhabitants of “bilious climates or persons traveling through infected districts of country” were guaranteed “to find the Cholagogue an invariable and absolute preventive.” Each bottle was said to have been accompanied by a pamphlet on the “causes, treatment and cure” with complete directions for taking the remedy. Note: This description and photograph were taken (without permission) from http://odysseysvirtualmuseum.com. This bottle was recovered from the SS Republic, a Civil War-era sidewheel steamship which sank during a hurricane in October 1865 while en route from New York to New Orleans with a cargo meant to help rebuild the city after the Civil War. More information HERE.  (back)