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1836. Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTION. BY THE EDITOR. To say that my
deceased friend had always been an eccentric creature, a humourist,
an oddity, will scarcely be received as a sufficient explanation of
the quaint title which he has thought proper to affix to his work,
and for which, therefore, I feel it my first duty as an Editor, to
account. After the death of his wife, and, subsequently, of his
only child, to both of whom he had been most tenderly attached, Dr.
Chatfield sought relief from sorrow by frequent changes of scene,
and found such alleviation of mind in wandering over the wilder and
least frequented districts of the north of England, as well as such
an expanded field for the exercise of his philanthropy, the ruling
passion of his soul, that he formed the Quixotic resolution of
abandoning his regular professional pursuits, then highly
profitable, and of exercising them gratuitously for the benefit of
such remote and forlorn objects, as he might encounter in that
erratic life which he had now determined on adopting. Born in
Yorkshire, and well acquainted with its loneliest recesses,
experience had convinced him that there were many remote hamlets,
as well as solitary hovels of wood and turf-cutters, charcoal
burners, and other peasants, where much sickness and suffering were
endured, either from local difficulties, or from pecuniary
inability to employ even a village practitioner. To this class of
indigent and obscure sufferers, whom he visited in regular
periodical excursions, he devoted, for several years, his eminent
professional skill, his time, his cheerful powers of consolation,
and no small portion of his fortune, (which, since his retirement
from productive practice, was restricted to rather less than five
hundred a-year, ) with a zeal, perseverance, and succe..
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