are entirely supported by the benevolence of the
public. I trust, ere long, their permanence will be
secured by a national institution, embracing the whole
I feel much gratified by the opportunity you afford-
ed me, of making the acquaintance of Dr. Francis
A mind more ardent in the pursuit of useful know
ledge, perhaps, never existed; and, I have no doubt
he will, in a few years, stand at the head of his pro-
fession. I introduced him to my son-in-law, Dr. Yeats
who is an able and learned physician,; he entertains
a high opinion of your friend's talents, and, I am
sure, will, at all times, be happy in the opportunity of
being useful to him.
My health declines, as may naturally be expected,
as old age approaches; but, upon the whole, I have
no reason to complain. Regularity and temperance
are my chief and best medicine for all complaints.
I shall always be happy to hear from you, and to
make such communications as I conceive may be
useful to mankind in general; but let me entreat of
you, my good friend, not to make my letters public.
Engaged, as I constantly am, in a great variety of
pursuits, I can only snatch a moment occasionally for
private correspondence, which can never be sufficiently
correct for the public eye.
I send by Dr. Francis
publications as are likely to prove interesting to you.
A list of them you will find hereunto annexed. With every sentiment of esteem and respect,
I remain always, dear Sir,
Yours, truly and affectionately, P. COLQUHOUN
To Mr. THOMAS EDDY
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