The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: June 18

WILLIAMSBURG, June 18, 1772.
Last Friday Mrs. Reade, an aged Lady who lives a few Miles below York Town, and has been much afflicted with the Gravel, vioded a stone which weighed upwards of forty pennyweight, and on the Sunday following another as large. They were as big as the largest Hen Eggs.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon) June 18, 1772

Language notes:

Gravel is a term applied to aggregations of urinary crystals which can be recognized as masses by the naked eye (as distinguished from sand); also, the disease of which these are characteristic. Also popularly used to indicate pain or difficulty in passing urine with or without any deposit.

Sources: OED

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