'It would be difficult to convey to the present generation any idea of the veneration that was felt for the Great Duke.'
IT WAS NOTICED, not unexpectedly, that the Duke was at his most acerbic when his rheumatism was troubling him or he was suffering from a cold, as he frequently was, a circumstance which his doctors considered not in the least surprising since he thought nothing of driving up to London, even in winter, in his open britska after a breakfast of dry bread or an Abernethy biscuit. The very fact that the doctors advised him against doing so made him determined not to give up the practice. In his opinion 'all doctors are more or less Quacks! . . . and what they talk is neither more nor less than nonsense & stuff. 1 He preferred to stick to his own prophylactics and cures, even though they were clearly not efficacious: he wore Bengal muslin next to his skin to prevent colds, and, pulling on Indian gloves, rubbed himself with vinegar and rose water every time he changed his clothes, which he would do as often as seven times a day. To his friends he recommended a whole range of cures or preventatives: Mrs Arbuthnot had been enjoined to wear a paper cap he made for her when she had a bad cold; Lady Salisbury was advised not to give her little son, Sackville, 'a full Supper' before he went to bed at night and to warn her brother to 'leave off Opiates?'; 2 Lady Burghersh was urged to wear 'eye preservers' and sent large bottles of the acid he used himself to preserve her from colds -- they would not prevent her from catching colds entirely but 'the attacks would be much less frequent and milder'. Also to be recommended were 'Chili vinegar gargle', 'Lemon gruel & Stuff' and keeping the head warm at night by putting 'Brown paper upon it'.*3____________________