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original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1868. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... EARLY RECOLLECTIONS. CHAPTER I.
CHILDHOOD. "This fond attachment to the well-known place, Whence
first we started into life's long race, Maintains its hold with
such unfailing sway, We feel it even in age, and at our latest
day.* TV TY earliest recollection is of a Small-pox Hospital,
established at Conanicut, a small island west of Newport, about
eight miles in length and one in breadth, and hid from the centre
of the town by Fort Wolcott, named in honor of Oliver Wolcott. He
was a brave man through the Revolutionary War, a member of
Congress, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. I was
but three and a half years old when taken by my father on board a
ferry-boat lying at Ferry Wharf, and conveyed to the island, there
to be inoculated with small-pox virus. Of course, I was too young
to understand the controversy, both publie and private, which raged
at the time, in consequence of the daring proposition made by Dr.
Isaac Senter, to open so dangerous an establishment; but the
doctor's great medical reputation, and all but universal
popularity, overcame the opposition; and the hospital very soon was
in full operation. Excellent nurses were obtained; and the work
assigned to them was indeed very burdensome, more so on account of
the constant care of so many children. I have a perfect
recollection of the skinless arms and hands of the patients, which
were daily exhibited for the inspection of the physician. Many were
very sick; but all recovered. The usual precautions were taken, by
the free use of disinfecting agents, to prevent any ill effects,
when communication should be renewed between the island and the
town. I very well recollect how suffocating was the process, when I
was held over a rosin-pan to be smoked. I also remember how excited
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