President Garfield’s Condition: August 24, 1881, 6:30 PM
6.30 P. M.
Shortly after the noon bulletin was issued an incision was made into the swelling on the right side of the President’s face, for the purpose of relieving the tension of the swollen parotid glad and of giving vent to pus, a small quantity of which was evacuated. He has taken a larger quantity of liquid food by the mouth to-day than yesterday, and has been entirely free from nausea. His temperature this afternoon is, however, higher than yesterday at the same hour, and his pulse somewhat more frequent.
Pulse, 108; temperature, 100.7°; respiration, 19.
D. W. BLISS,
J. K. BARNES,
J. J. WOODWARD,
FRANK H. HAMILTON.
This post is one of a series reenacting the official bulletins released to the public by the physicians to President Garfield during his illness after the shooting on July 2, 1881.