Utica. Oct. 10, 1842.
Mr. C. C. Bristol-- Sir-- Two or three days since a friend invited me to a ride to see a most remarkable case of the cure of Scrofula by the use of your Sarsaparilla. The details of the case are such, that it is due both to yourself and to suffering humanity, that they be made public-- and I am prompted by these considerations to address you.
The person affected is Mrs. Parmelia Slaven, residing in the edge of New Hartford, about two and a half miles from Utica. Two years ago last month, she perceived a small sore on the top of her head, which had been preceded by very severe pains in that region. This sore speedily begin to discharge most offensive matter, the pain continuing and wearing upon the constitution of the patient. Ordinary means were resorted to to remove the difficulty, but to no good purpose, the sore spreading rapidly, and discharging profusely the same offensive matter. A number of the best physicians were from time to time consulted, but without procuring relief-- one or more of those pronouncing the disease incurable.
The sore became as large as her two hands, as she expressed it, and the whole side of the body nearest the sore much affected, her general health became much impaired, her appetite gone, and unable to sleep. She was, to use the language of her family, very low, and they gave up all hopes of her recovery. Another sore appeared under one of her shoulder blades, and her system was gradually sinking under the disease.
At this moment of extremity, a young lady in her neighborhood suggested the trial of your Sarsaparilla, and with no great faith on the part of her friends, it was procured of your agent, Wm. Bristol of this city. This was during the month of February last. Her family now say that in a week after she began using it they perceived a change in the appearance of the sore; the foul discharge became less in quantity, and less offensive. She says she distinctively felt a change for the better in that short time; in a fortnight a decided improvement was visible, her appetite improved, sleep returned, and the sores were both better. This improvement has been constantly going on till the present day; leaving, it is true, a large scar on the top of the head, as a sad proof of the ravages of the disease. Her health is now perfectly restored, and her gratitude is inexpressibly great, both for the medicine and the kind friend who first brought it to her notice.
On one occasion she found an article advertised in this city as "Bristol's Sarsparilla" which had not the effect of yours, and during its use she distinctly perceived that her cure was retarded. She says the taste of the article was entirely different from that of yours. Too much care, therefore, cannot be taken in procuring the genuine article.
This simple recital of facts speaks for itself.
To all appearance this person was fast sinking under the dreadful Scrofula, or if not Scrofula, a disease of equal malignity.
At this crisis she resorted to your Sarsaparilla, and beyond all question, that, and that alone, has effected a perfect cure.
The patient herself, together with her family and friends, desire that these facts should be made known to you, and I am happy in being the organ of their communication.
I am, sir, your obedient servant.
JOSIAH T. MARSHALL. For sale at the Drug Stores of H.B. GILBERT and T.M. HUNT, Auburn.
Auburn (New York) Journal and Advertiser, January 24, 1844.