27 May 2008

Thirty Years in Pain



State of New York, County of Allegany, in the Pension Claim of Wm. B. Gillett, late of Co. H of the 9th Regiment Heavy Artillery, N.Y. Vols.

Personally appeared before me, a Notary Public in and for the aforesaid County and State, duly authorized to administer oaths, Dr. H.H. Lyman a resident of Hume in the County of Allegany and State of N.Y. whose Post Office address is Fillmore, N.Y., well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to the aforesaid case that his age is 67 years; that he has been a practising physician for the past 43 years; that he has made a careful medical examination of the above-named claimant and finds his present physical condition as follows:

Has has chronic Muscular Rheumatism of the hips, back (lumbar region), arms, forearms, shoulders for the last twenty years, and of the muscles of his back ever since his return from the army - which has produced Paralysis Agitans of the entire body by exhausting the vital forces of the nervous system. The whole body is in a constant tremor when awake. The right hand is nearly useless.

Is unable to feed himself a good deal of the time on account of the tremor and loss of muscular power. The muscles of the back and shoulders are so painful that he has to take anodynes at night in order to sleep. He is one-half disabled by reason of the Rheumatism for the performance of manual labor, and one-half disabled by the Paralysis Agitans for the purposes of manual labor.

This affidavit is in my own handwriting and I am in possession of all the facts in his case for the last twenty-five years and have known him since his discharge.

He further declares that he is not interested in said claim nor concerned in its prosecution.

signed H.H. Lyman

Sworn to and subscribed before me this day, by the above-named affiant; and I certify that I read the foregoing affidavit to said affiant, and acquainted him with its contents before he executed the same. I am in no wise interested in this claim nor am I concerned in its prosecution; and that affiant is known to be a regular practising physician of good standing in the community in which he resides.

Witness my hand and seal, this 27th day of June, 1894.

signed John Howden, Notary Public

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