JOHN ALDERSON, Esq. M.D.,
PRESIDENT OF THE HULL PHILOSOPHICAL AND LITERARY SOCIETY ; SENIOR
PHYSICIAN TO THE HULL INFIRMARY, AND CONSULTING PHYSICIAN TO
THE LYING-IN-CHARITY; HONORARY MEMBER OF THE YORKSHIRE
PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY ; CORRESPONDING MEMBER OF THE MEDICO-
CHIRURGICAL SOCIETY, EDINBRO', &c. &c. &c.
In dedicating to you the following pages, the author is
influenced by reasons, the statement of which will not, he
trusts, be discreditable to either party.
Nearly thirty years ago, you were one of the first, and now,
alas ! almost the only survivor of those friends, to whom he
was chiefly indebted for encouragement and support, at a
period when to him these were peculiarly valuable; and
your advice on various points connected with his literary
pursuits, was as freely given, as it was beneficial.
To your professional care and eminent skill, on various
occasions, he considers himself indebted, under Divine Pro-
vidence, for the prolongation of life; and the promptitude and
liberality with which your attentions were ever rendered,
in the time of necessity and disease, to himself and family,
are not the less deserving of acknowledgment, because
shared in common with many other persons, in similar