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JAMES GREGORY, M. D.

FELLOW OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS, PROFESSOR OF THE

PRACTICE OF PHYSIC IN THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH, AND

FIRST PHYSICIAN TO HIS MAJESTY IN SCOTLAND.

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.NINE hundred suns have now gone down, without animadversion from me, on certain publications to which my former Memorial gave occasion; though some of them, especially one entitled an Answer to my Memorial, written by Mr John Bell, at the request of some of his professional brethren, and afterwards adopted and sanctioned by a solemn vote of thanks by the Royal College of Surgeons, must have generally been thought to require, on my part, not only a Reply, but the most complete and pointed refutation.

Appearances, I own, are much against me; yet I trust I shall be able to convince every person who is interested in this discussion, arid most chiefly the Managers of the Royal Infirmary, that I had never doubted of the necessity of.replying to that publication, nor ever been guilty of any wilful delay in doing so.

From the first sentence of the following Memorial it will appear, that it was not only written, but printed in such time, that I expected it would have been published early in spring 1801: and an atteritive reader will easily perceive, from the tenor of the first .130 pages of it, and especially from many allusions, and dates, and calculations founded on these, incongruous with the present time, that those pages were printed in the course of the winter

a 2 1800

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