WE rejoice to learn that the contagious fever which prevailed in the Imperial Russian Fleet, in the River Medway, has been completely subdued; and that, upon the consequent reduction of the medical establishment, under the superintendence of Doctor Dickson, the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty have been pleased to testify their approbation, by expressing their favourable opinion of the professional exertions, and merits, of the British medical officers employed on that occasion. Almost all those so employed, together with the attendants upon the sick, have been attacked with fever; the consequences of which proved fatal to Mr. Alexander Torbitt, surgeon, and to Mr. John Temple, assistant-surgeon.
While we justly lament the honourable fate of the warrior, we would not withhold the feelings of commiseration which are due to those who suffer in the hazardous discharge of a most arduous and painful course of duty, that of opposing the ravages of a malignant disease.
We understand that government, with a laudable attention to the interests of humanity, has directed some French prisoners, who volunteered their attendance upon the sick, to be liberated.
From: Page 48 & 49 of The Naval Chronicle, for 1813; VOL. XXX. (From July to December.)