“Any way, I’m satisfied so far. The appliance is just what it was represented, and I find that it fits me to a t, and is the most easy and comfortable thing I ever wore. I haven’t had a bit of pain since I put it on yesterday morning, and I have done some hard work these two days, purposely twisting and wrenching my body about to see if I would get it out of place.
“So far it is all right, and I am very thankful to you, for if it never cured me it would be a God-send to wear for relief of that horrid dead ache and dragging pain in my groin and back. I shall want some of your Crayons soon, and will write again in a few weeks. Please tell me how long the wash ought to stand before it is strained, and whether it would hurt me to use it twice a day instead of once.
“Very respectfully, D. L. B.”
“ISLIP, Suffolk County, N.Y., February 13, 1884.
“Dear Sir:—It is now over two months since I quit wearing the Cradle-Compressor, and I seat myself to tell you that the Varicocele seems to be entirely well. The left side is a trifle larger than the right, but the veins are not wormy as they used to be, and the blood don’t stagnate in them any more. The dragging pain is all gone away, and the small of my back hasn’t pained me for a long time. When I came to see you in New York, your doctor told me I musn’t feel sure that I was cured until every bit of worminess was gone and the canal was free of swelled veins. You can tell him that this is so now, and that the testicles aren’t shrunk and wasted the way they used to be.
“Our doctor here, who told me I couldn’t be cured unless I had it operated on, says it’s the most remarkable thing he ever saw. Those are his very words. He didn’t seem any too chipper to find out he was wrong about having to get cut.
“I am a thousand times grateful to you. You have made me a man again, and I shall not forget it. I am ashamed to think how mean a letter I wrote you last summer about humbugging and the like, but I apologize now, and if you find any other people that don’t feel sure you can cure them, send them this letter or get them to write to me.
“I shall remember all you wrote in your last letter about not ’presuming too much on my improvement,’ and to be careful about jumping, straining and lifting hard, and the like. The Crayons did their work just as well as the Compress Instrument, and I never can tell you how grateful I am to you. There’s several men I know here that are going to write you about their cases. One of them, —— ——, is going down on the train to-morrow, and will bring this letter with him, he says, for introduction. Good bye.
Yours respectfully and gratefully, DAVID L. B.”