George Spearing's week in a hole


A new work recently added to Wikisource is the Wonderful account of Mr. George Spearing, in which George recounts the week he spent stuck at the bottom of a coal pit in Scotland. He ends with the ghastly:

I was conveyed home, and every mean used for strengthening my limbs, which were much benumbed with the damp and coldness of the pit; but, thro' the ignorance of my physicians, a mortification seized both my feet, by which the skin and all the nails of my left foot, and three from my right foot, came off like a glove. The flesh at the bottom of my foot being separated from the bones, I had it cut off; and it was 9 months after before I recovered.— I have since been the father of 9 children.

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