As this is the last public function at which I shall appear as a member of the university, I very gladly embrace the opportunity which it offers to express the mingled feelings of gratitude and sorrow which are naturally in my mind—gratitude to you all for 16 years of exceptionally happy life; sorrow that I am to belong to you no more. Neither stricken deeply in years nor damaged seriously by illness, you may well wonder at the motives that have induced me to give up a position of such influence and importance; to part from colleagues so congenial, from associates and students so devoted, and to leave a country in which I have so many warm friends and in which I have been appreciated at so much more than my real worth.
It is best that you should stay in the wonder-stage. Who can understand another man's
OSLER W. VALEDICTORY ADDRESS AT JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVEESITY.. JAMA. 1905;XLIV(9):705–710. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500360031002i
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