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John Dutton Transcript

Parkman April 21 st 1862

Dear Sir

Allow me to tell you a hard story but a true one.

Sept 10 th 1859 my Wife was thrown from a carriage, which broke her left ancle close to the joint, broke her left thigh just above the knee, broke one bone in her right ancle and a piece of the bone cut through her stocking, stove her right knee all to pieces, broke her right shoulder, and injured her right hip so as to paine her for some time as bad as all the rest of the breaks. We found it all most impossible to move her, even to pass a sheet under her all most took her life. No one thought she could ever live through it. I went to work and made a winless with a sack for her to say upon with a hole through it. The sack being kept nearly strait, so that we could hoist her up off or the bed any distance from one inch to eigheen inches. It was done perfectly cosy with out any jar what ever. In this way we could keep the bed dry and cool. One person could wait upon her easer than all that could have got around the bed, would have done with out it it made a gentle swing which rester her very much.

She has dun her house work for a year and a half.

It seems to me if they could be used in our army hostpitles that they would add much to the comfort, if not be the means fo saving many lives. One frame would answer for a number of coucher if in the same room. The expence is but trifeling the work being mostly wood work, which all most any man could make, a sack and about sixty feet of cord with a few carriage bolts and six hooks made of large wire. Two persons could move it a bout as easy as they could a bedstid.

Dr. B F Green who is about seventy years old and was out in the 1812 war sais it is far superior to any thing he ever saw before

All who have seen it in use would recommend it. I think I it was the means of saving my Wifes life.

Your Respectfully

John Dutton

To Hon Isreal Washburn Jr

PS It has been my calculation to get a patent on the above Mashean but I have not the means to do it. I am poor or I should have come to Augusta with a modle which would satisfy any one who saw it that it is worth having. I should be very glad to help the suffering soldiers, and have a small compensation in return.