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Your favor of Mar. 18. is duly recieved. you have certainly attached more importance to my letters & likenesses than they merit. and I must still continue my earnest request that the letters be not published. I am old, anxious for tranquility and retirem t and unwilling to be brought before the public in any way. you ask whether I ever used the warm bath. twice in my life by prescription , but...
I have received your letter of the 2d. and having a natural disposition like the Old Frederick of Prussia—“trope incline a saisir les ridicules”—I could not help laughing and that some what immoderately.— Why Sir? the history of my Physical habits according to the best estimate I can make, would fill a Volume in folio as large as the Life of Richard Baxter—who was for what I know a relation of...
Your favor of the 10 th is recieved. I hope your predictions as to my longevity are not to prove true. in youth & health with all the avenues to the enjoiments of life open, it’s pleasures over-weigh it’s pains: but weak and decaying, our faculties leaving us one by one, the cares of life hanging on us, and it’s comforts gone, the balance shifts into the other scale. to me an increasing...
Your letter of Feb. 18. came to hand on the 1 st instant; and the request of the history of my physical habits would have puzzled me not a little, had it not been for the model, with which you accompanied it, of D r Rush’s answer to a similar enquiry. I live so much like other people, that I might refer to ordinary life as the history of my own. like my friend the Doctor, I have lived...
Did you know how much folly and ignorance cleave to the character of the person, whose history you have required of his Physical habits, you would no t have thought them it of any consequence to know them. It will not be in my power to answer all your questions. I shall bearly inform you, that from necesity I conformed to the Spanish proverb of “being old when I was young, that I might be...