This book is A Doctor of the Old School which has been illustrated by Mr. Gordon after an admirable and understanding fashion One is to answer a question that has been often and fairly asked was there ever any doctor so self forgetful and so utterly Christian as William MacLure? To which I am proud to reply on my conscience Not one man but many in Scotland and in the South country. I will dare prophecy also across the sea. It has been one man's good fortune to know four country doctors, not one of whom was without his faults Wellum was not perfect but who, each one might have sat for my hero. Three are now resting from their labors and the fourth if he ever should see these lines would never identify himself. May I take this first opportunity to declare how deeply my heart has been touched by the favor shown to a simple book by the American people and to express my hope that one day it may be given me to see you face to face.