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Who shall partake of our perfections,
The sovereign spake, the gods agree,
company. Receive the one, and soon the other Will follow to rejoin his brother. Those who with pious pain pursue Calm Virtue by her sacred clue,
1 See the Phado of Plato.
Will surely find the mental treasure
NATHANIEL COTTON, M. D.
R. A. DAVENPORT, Esq,
Of the Life of Cotton so few particulars have been transmitted to us by his relations and friends that we are left in ignorance even as to the family whence he descended, and the place and time of his birth, That, however, he was born about the year 1707 is rendered almost certain by a passage in one of his letters. His medical studies he completed at Leyden, under the celebrated Boerhaave, and he is believed to have taken his degree at that university.
When he returned to England, it was his intention to practise as a general physician. But this plan he was induced to relinquish, in consequence of a favourable opportunity being offered to him of exercising his skill in a separate and important branch of the healing art, A Dr. Crawley, of Dunstable, who received ipsane persons under his care, was on the point of retiring from his professional labours; and, as Cotton had studied all the varieties of mental disease, he resolved to become the successor of Dr,