According to reliable authorities the subject of this address, Edward Jenner, was a native of Berkeley, in Gloucestershire, England. He was born May 17, 1749. His father was Rev. Stephen Jenner, who was rector of Rockhampton and vicar of Berkeley. He was the representative of an honorable family long established and owning some landed property in that county. His mother belonged to an ancient family in Berkshire. The father died when Jenner was only 6 years old, thereby leaving the care and education of Edward almost wholly to his older brother, Rev. Stephen Jenner, who appears to have assumed and executed all the parental duties relating to the younger brother with the utmost fidelity and tenderness. The early education of Edward was in the schools, chiefly at Wotton-under-Edge and Cirencester. During this time he developed so much fondness for natural history as to attract special attention, yet he was never
DAVIS NS. ADDRESS ON THE CHARACTER OF DR. EDWARD JENNER AND THE HISTORY OF HIS DISCOVERY OF THE PROTECTIVE VALUE OF VACCINATION. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(19):915–919. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430710017001b
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