Saint George, Vol. 9 (Classic Reprint)
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|Excerpt from Saint George, Vol. 9
"Dear Professor Lodge,
"The illness which has struck me this year ends all my hope of ever applying myself again to careful scientific work. But it seems to me that the admirable explanatory letters which I owe to your kindness ought not therefore to be lost. I therefore return them, thinking that they may be of use in the hands of some happier pupil - or save you trouble in book-compilation. To me, they were invaluable, in their clearness and fulness - nor among the many regrets which surround me now, is there one (in its kind) more acute than that of abandoning the investigations in which I had found such guideship.
"If the papers are useless to you, the memory of your kindness may at least be pleasantly revived by them. My own gratitude can only express itself in the most earnest wishes for your welfare in all things - in the new world which all this marvellous science is revealing - and creating.
"Ever - for what time may be left me,
"Your loving friend,
"Professor Oliver Lodge, etc., etc."
"25th September, 1885.
"Dear and most kind friend,
"Your letter is such a balm and joy to me that I could fancy myself well again as I read it - nor indeed am I without hope of recovering health enough at least to sympathize still in the work of others, and to be interested and happy in the world for a few years more. But this last illness has been different from the preceding ones. They only left me weak, but quite myself. This one has left behind it distinct injury - a feeling, not of the pleasant weakness of new life which means true recovery, - but of persistent illness; feebleness of thought - and feverish disturbance of the nerves. Supposing that these symptoms were subdued - they are yet a most solemn warning to me that ray strength - such as may remain to me must no longer be spent in any vanity of personal exertion - but husbanded for what good I can yet be, in returning thanks and love to those who love me.
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