Slept well last night. Better this morning. My bowels are more quiet and give me less pain. Doctor got bottle “blueberry wine” yesterday, $20.00; poor stuff, some stimulant. Read prayer-book with more interest than I ever felt before. The change was very sudden. Saturday night was the worst night I ever had, yet Sunday morning I sat up and seemed to feel better. Took calomel and opium pills and whiteoak-bark solution. I can hardly account for the change. Mouth not so awfully dry as it has been. God is very merciful and has heard my prayers.
SOURCE: Francis Winthrop Palfrey, Memoir of William Francis Bartlett, p. 126