Letter 36



Zurich Feby 27. 1834

I SHALL wish on my return to England to have a pretty decent sum of money for the purchase of books, in specie, foreign ones, and other expensive materials of a medical life: furniture &c &c for German books alone I shall have need of some hundreds. In spite of all the stupidity of medical booksellers & of the insular and insolent self sufficiency of their authors and readers in England I shall translate Schoenlien and, if I cannot otherwise get it printed, publish it at my own expense. The apparent imprudence of this resolution will be amply vindicated after some years. Since the time of Boerhaave no work, not even excepting Cullen, has appeared which has the like importance of this.

[Gosse, 1894]