John Gregory’s Life and Times: An Intellectual History
[Gregory] possessed a large share of the social and benevolent affections, which, in the exercise of his profession, manifested themselves in the many nameless, but important attentions to those under his care; attentions which, proceeding in him from an extended principle of humanity, were not squared to the circumstances or rank of the patient, but ever bestowed most liberally where they were most requisite. In the care of his pupils he was not satisfied with a faithful discharge of his public duties. To many of these, strangers in the country, and far removed from all who had a natural interest in their concerns, it was a matter of no small importance to enjoy the acquaintance and countenance of one so universally respected and esteemed. Through him they found an easy introduction to an enlarged and elegant society; and, what to them was still more valuable, they experienced in him a friend who was ever easy of access, and ready to assist them to the utmost with his counsel and patronage (Tytler, 1788, pp. 81–82).
KeywordsHuman Nature Eighteenth Century National Identity Royal Infirmary Moral Sense
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