Excerpt from The History of the Workhouse: Or Poor's Hospital of Aberdeen From 1739 to 1818, Its Boys' Hospital From 1818 to 1852, Girls' Hospital From 1828 to 1852, and Its Boys' and Girls' Hospitals From 1852 to 1885
Masher, objects of attraction. He struck a key note that evening, which, I trust, you will struggle to keep up to: don't drift into a mutual adulation Society, or become hypercritical. The one extreme is as bad as the other. Let your honest effort be, in the words of one of the Rules of your Association, to provide means for social intercourse and mutual improvement.
In the Syllabus, without consulting me, you put me down for delivering an address to you this evening. You didn't need to ask, for I think you all knew me sufficiently well to know that I would not hesitate, to attempt, at any rate, to serve you.
On asking Mr. Barnett what subject he thought would interest you most, he said Just give us some thing about 'the Hospital, ' like yon ye gave about Robert Gordon's College. I agreed, and am now about to give the results of a lot of curious reading in old forgotten minute books, &c.
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