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EDWARD AUGUSTUS HOLYOKE, M.D., LL.D.
PREPARED IN COMPLIANCE WITH A VOTE OF
The Esser South District Medical Society.
TO THE FAMILY OF THE LATE DR. HOLYOKE, As a slight testimony of the veneration in which the memory of their parent is held by his
medical brethren, the following Memoir is respectfully inscribed, by
THE COMMITTEE OF THE ESSEX SOUTH DISTRICT MEDICAL SOCIETY.
Salem, June 1, 1829.
To preserve and transmit the memory of the good, is to promote the cause of virtue, and the practice of good deeds. Impressed with this consideration, the District Medical Society, of which the subject of this Memoir was their first President, have deemed it a pious duty, to collect the scattered memorials of a member of the profession, lately deceased, whose least distinction it was tudt his life was protracted far beyond the limits, ordinarily assigned to human existence.
In preparing the following memoir, the committee, to whom the duty has been assigned, have had in view other objects than the gratification of curiosity, and mere entertainment. Of the latter, an account of the daily duties of an unostentatious practitioner of medicine, affords but a scanty supply; and as the subject of the memoir had, of all
men, the least pretensions to eccentricities and singularity, there is little of varied interest in the events of his life. But it would be no small matter, if the contemplation of Dr. HOLYOKE's life, should convince an aspirant for medical renown, that to be eminent it is only necessary to become useful; and that a life faithfully devoted to the interests of philanthropy, and the study of philosophy and medicine, inevitably conducts to high honor and distinction, and obtains for its possessor a remembrance in the affections of mankind, and in the annals of the good, which will be durable and fresh when the reputation of misdirected talents shall have faded away.
The literature of our profession is deficient in the annals of those who have most contributed to raise its dignity and importance, and it is hoped that the following imperfect sketch, will be acceptable, at least to those who have been accustomed to feel an interest in the life and character of the Nestor of our profession.
EDWARD AUGUSTUS HOLYOKE was the second of eight children of Edward and Margaret Holyoke of Marblehead, County of Essex, Mass. His father was born in Boston, educated at Harvard College, where he was afterwards tutor, settled as pastor of the second congregational society in Marblehead, April 25, 1716, installed President of Harvard College 1737, and died June 1769, aged 80. His paternal ancestor came from Tamworth, on the borders of Warwickshire, England, and was among the