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January 1, 1898

Department of Public Health.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(1):44-45. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440530049011

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Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 15, 1897.

Hon. Frank S. Gardner, Secretary Board of Trade and Transportation, New York City.

Dear Sir:  —Please accept many thanks for your valued favor of the 8th instant, with enclosure, dated Washington, Dec. 7, 1897.I had hoped that the calm, dispassionate reason of man would prevail in the discussion so auspiciously begun by us during the past summer, and which gave promise of rich reward so far as the advancement of the health interests of our country was concerned. The sudden and violent interjection, however, into this hitherto friendly contest, of the unwarranted, wanton, unjust and unmanly personal attack upon me by an attaché of the United States Marine-Hospital Bureau at Washington, in a recent letter to you, would seem to have disturbed, temporarily, at least, that serenity and peace of mind so necessary to the performance of a task undertaken in behalf of the

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