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PAINE, Mistress

Physicians and Irregular Medical Practitioners in London 1550-1640 Database. Originally published by Centre for Metropolitan History, London, 2004.

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Mistress PAINE

Biography

Name Mistress PAINE (PAYNE)
Gender Female
Marital status Widowed 1612 (?Widow of Paine, BSC 1612?. Husband: medical barber-surgeon)
Primary occupation medical empiric (Quack)
Period of medical practice 1597-1632
Address Aldersgate Street 1607.
Other notes In trouble 1607-1622. Archbishop of Canterbury supported her. College furious.

Known London address

Aldersgate Street
Parish St Botolph without Aldersgate
Ward Aldersgate (Within & Without)
Date 1607

Censorial hearings

6 Nov 1607
Entry The Beadle of the Surgeons, Edward Blaine, testified that the letter he had given to the President, from P to Mrs [sic] Crowder, was genuine. P had agreed to cure Mrs Crowder jun. for 20 marks. Gave vomitory treatment which produced insomnia, weakness and death in 7 days.
Initiator of the complaint other medical practitioner
Action taken Deferred.
Number of crimes 1
11 Dec 1609
Entry 'Two absurd letters from Mrs. Paine excusing herself and written to the President were read.'
Action taken ?
Number of crimes 1
12 Jan 1610
Entry Failed to appear.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken Failed to appear.
Number of crimes 1
23 Aug 1614
Entry Dr Paddy made charges against P.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken ?[To be summoned, presum?]
Verdict case not completed
26 June 1615
Entry John Harte said that the Archbishop of Canterbury had said that Mrs Weinman had more good from P's treatment 'than from all the physitians'.
Attitude of the accused absent
Pressure applied by College yes
Action taken The President and Dr Goulston to apply to the Archbishop.
Verdict case not completed
4 Dec 1618
Entry P to be summoned.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken To be summoned.
Verdict case not completed
m Palm Sun 1622
Entry P to be summoned.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken To be summoned.
Verdict case not completed
16 May 1623
Entry Thomas BATES, apothecary, was accused of making physic for Mrs. PAINE: 'but he sayes, he scornes it: but it is rather of Mr. Moye his neighbour.'
Action taken ?None to Mrs. P.
Verdict case not completed
27 Nov 1607
Entry Judith Conert, gentlewoman of Westminster, said that P, of Aldersgate Street, professed medicine and had many patients. P had given C's son (aged 13) purging pills which were far too strong, had anointed him all over and made him sweat on hot tiles for 9 days to produce salivation, wch failed, and the jaw and glands swelled. P's assistant was Rolfe. P then brought in Dr BONHAM (101, qv) as though she were his assistant. P was said to sell 1 oz. powder for 10s., to boast insolently and to abuse other physicians, and 'many other facts here related'.
Initiator of the complaint relative of the patient
Action taken To appear (promised `willingly').
Number of crimes 1
4 Dec 1607
Entry Mr Crowder had sent his servant to fetch P. Servant said P had undertaken C's treatment and had accepted £5 'as if she deserved much more and because while she looked after him she neglected more generous patients'. Before treatment C was well enough to walk in the garden with her.
Initiator of the complaint patient
Second initiator of the complaint friend/neighbour/acquaintance of the patient
Action taken See next.
Number of crimes 1
22 Dec 1607
Entry P admitted that she had written letters to Mr Crowder, undertaking his cure for £5; that she had given him a 'preparatory and vomitory' medicine and had anointed him with an ointment made with mercury. But she claimed that she did nothing without the authority of Dr BONHAM.
Action taken To reappear.
Number of crimes 1
8 Jan 1608
Entry P wrote to excuse her absence. Her accusers were all present and Crowder's servant said she had killed his master.
Action taken Failed to appear.
Number of crimes 1
5 Feb 1608
Entry P, female practitioner, had been summoned for the second time, but did not appear.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken ?
1 July 1608
Entry BONHAM (101, qv) was charged with involvement in the Crowder affair, and with defending P. He replied that he had no business arrangement with P and condemned 'the whole practice' [of partnerships with unqualified practitioners?]. Mrs Crowder said that P often claimed to do nothing without Dr B's instructions.
Initiator of the complaint spouse of the patient
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken ?
Number of crimes 1
3 March 1609
Entry P failed to appear despite the imposition of a 40s. penalty for non-appearance. It was decided that she should be fined £10 and imprisoned.
Attitude of the accused absent
Action taken Failed to appear. To be fined £10 and imprisoned.
Number of crimes 1
3 Nov 1609
Entry P was summoned, prohibited and fined. She did not pay the fine (see E).
Action taken Summoned, prohibited, fined.
Verdict guilty
Sentence Prohibited and fined £10 (?plus/incl 40s. for non-appearance?)
Number of crimes 1