Excerpt from The Bath Physicians of Former Times: A Paper Read Before the Bath Literary and Philosophical Association, October 20th, 1882
One of the foremost in the list was Dr. Edward J orden. He was a man Of good family, took his degree at Padua, practised some time in London, and afterwards settled in Bath. Another was Sir Edward Greaves, Baronet, of Al Souls' College, Oxford, Physician in Ordinary to the King. Taking the lead among his brethren, not more by his rank than his character, he acquired a large fortune and lived to a good old age. In wealth however he was surpassed by Dr. Samuel Bauc, a native of Cologne, famed for his knowledge Of languages. This gentleman is said to have been also famed for his costume, liking to show himself in purple velvet and the finest linen much bedecked with lace. Of higher mark was Dr. John Maplet, whose position, acquirements and character were all remarkable. Educated at Christchurch, first Proctor of his University, and then Principal of a College, his antecedents favoured his success. At Oxford he accepted invitations to travel on the Continent with two Lord Falklands, first with the elder brother for two years, and then on his death with the younger. Returning to England, he practised at Bristol in the summer and at Bath in the winter, with intervals in his professional labours for elegant authorship, notably Latin epistles to distinguished friends. The medical literature of the time owed something to Dr. Venner. A huge monument in the Abbey sets forth how learned and charitable he was, and that he wrote a book called Via Recta ad Vitam Longum. If he'followed his own rules as to diet and regimen he was a good example of their efficacy, for he lived to the age of eighty-five. The monument attracted the notice of Pepys, who came for the waters in 1668, and made a characteristic entry in his Diary.
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