July 28, 1962


JAMA. 1962;181(4):335-336. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050300055019

John Fothergill was born in Yorkshire in 1712, to a family of devout Quakers. His father, also John Fothergill, had visited the American colonies several times in the service of his faith. The Pennsylvania Quakers were his prime objective, but on a side trip to Virginia, he attended a council with Justice Lawrence Washington, the grandfather of George. Young John's mother died shortly after his birth, and his mother's brother, Thomas Hough, became responsible for his upbringing and early education. At the old Grammar School at Sedbergh, John acquired some knowledge of Greek and such facility in Latin that he used it as if it were his mother tongue. This proficiency was put to good use at the University. If the professor lectured in Latin, notes were taken in Latin. If the lecture was delivered in English, John transcribed his notes in Latin and compared the notes with the original

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