Nancy in to see Mrs. Dawes or to inquire after her. I think this practice in town is carried too far--it becomes a nuisance which needs abatement. Unless a family is so situated as to have one person at leisure to attend upon callers, the sick may suffer for attention, while their polite inquiries are being answered. Dr. Hart was in twice to see Mrs. Dawes he thinks she is better. Her right foot & leg to the knee is swollen as tight as the skin can hold--it is erysipelas.
Erysipelas is an infection in the skin caused by bacteria. It most commonly affects the foot and today is treated with antibiotics.