Excerpt from Lines From a Doctor to His Son: Or Knowledge Vs Ignorance
That I may live to see you all men and established in life, that you may have the benefit of my experience and advice, is one of my fondest and most cherished desires, the realization of which of course, I can have no assur ance, hence these efforts in your behalf.
At an early age, I was left an orphan, and my experience was that of an orphan - all that significant word implies and to express which, would require many pages. You may be sure, I grew not up on ﬂowery beds of ease, nor with a silver spoon in my mouth.
Hence, I am prepared to sympathize With the orphan, and realize that you will need, in the event of your father's death before you arrive at the years of maturity - and even then - all the advice and information it is possible for him to impart.
When three or four years of age, my father died, and, a little later, my mother.
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