LETTERS OF GEORGE CALEB BINGHAM 499
LETTERS OF GEORGE CALEB BINGHAM
TO JAMES S. ROLLINS
EDITED BY C. B. ROLLINS
letters: January 3, 1878-May 6, 1879
3030 Franklin Ave. St Louis Jan 3 1878
Maj J. S. Rollins
My dear Sir
I arrived in St Louis feejing quite well, and have so continued until this writing. In fact I think that I am feeling
about as well as I ever felt in my life. My appetite being
unusually good, and my cough so slight as to give me no trouble
either in the day or night.
I did not visit Doct Phelps as I expected to do when I
left you, but instead, and in pursuance of the advice of some
of my best friends here, called upon Doct McAuliff, an account of whom, and of some of the extraordinary cures he
has performed, I enclose you in a slip from the Evening Dispatch. I am assured that his healing powers are fully equal
to those claimed by Doct. Phelps—that he is an old and well
known citizen whose integrity is beyond question.
I have now been under his magnetic treatment two days.
He informs me that it will take five days to enable him to
determine, with certainty, whether he can relieve me from
my old cough or not.
He says that the effects produced by his treatment is
as much a mystery to himself as it is to others. That he has
sometimes cured, even in a few minutes, persons whose
diseases had defied medical treatment for years, while there
were others upon whom he could produce no effect whatever.
Whether he releives me or not I have no fears that my cough
will ever seriously trouble me except when I take cold, and
then its only effect is the fatigue consequent upon the muscular