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to sleep.
Thursday. In the morning we stayed in copying music etc. Freddy had a sick headache & most of the party felt bilious - I began to fear they were poisoned but they have maybe all happily recovered by the aid of proper medicaments. Marianne had meant to go to Beech Hill after lunch but Frederick sent word that he wanted the carriage & horses to bring him & the gentleman from the railroad. We meant to have taken a walk instead but the drizzling rain prevented us, so after lunch we danced reels
laudanum Laudanum
Picture and text credit:
The Chemical Institute
of Canada

Laudanum, was one of the most popular medications for pain in Victorian times. It was made up of 10% solution of opium powder in alcohol, widely used to treat everything from pain and insomnia to female disorders. It was even used to quiet crying babies.