Monday, January 21, 2008

No Rest But in the Grave

An extract from a letter by Patrick Hues Mell, Baptist preacher and Chancellor of the University of Georgia, to his son prior to his death, written on December 15, 1887:

My health is bad. I have broken myself down by overwork. My doctor orders me off for the recess. Many of the Trustees urge me to take a month’s rest; but I cannot do so, my colleagues are already overworked, and my classes would suffer. There is no rest for me but in the grave.

Life of Patrick Hues Mell, by his son, P. H. Mell, Jr., first published in 1895, reprinted by Gano Books, 1991, p. 248.

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