selves as members of the same great family. In his professional visits
he never kindled the fire of political or religious agitation and discord,
nor infused into his prescriptions the ingredients of licentiousness,
infidelity, and insubordination to the laws of God or man.
No citizen has greater power of doing mischief in society than a physician.
His character as a man, therefore, should have great influence upon the
community in determining the measure of patronage they should give him
in his practice.
Such a man Dr. Page could not be other than he was, the best of husbands,
fathers, brothers, and friends. What he was as a husband, the grief and
wounded heart of his surviving partner in life, professor of the same
faith, are a testimonial. As a father, such was his tenderness and solicitude,
that he could not but conciliate the endeared affection of his children,
which will cause this stroke of their God, in their bereavement, to be
felt deeply and felt long.
To crown all his other excellences, in the latter part of his life he
professed the faith and exhibited the character of a Christian. His religion
partook of his natural temperament of mind. It was unpretending and noiseless,
but seen and felt. It was an humble and sole reliance upon the mercy of
God through Jesus Christ. It was an anchor to his soul in the storm of
And what life or death can be happier than that of a pious father of
a family, who having filled all the relations of life with honorable and
christian fidelity, and conscientiously discharged his duty to his Creator,
to himself, and his family, "tenderly affectionate and tenderly beloved,"
and who, leaving and honorable name behind him, and his family without
a stain, dies in the faith of a Christian, and with an abiding hope of
a blessed immortality beyond the grave !
As he commenced his professional career with that terrible scourge the
smallpox, so his life, by a singular fatality, was terminated some fifty
years after, in consequence of a personal infection of this loathsome
disease. Nearly or quite two years before his death, the varioloid disease
was brought to Hallowell, and either by accident or design, or both, communicated
to several of its inhabitants. A young physician--a former protégé
of the deceased, and whose ingratitude was a poor return for the many
kindnesses he had received--to escape the danger and odium of having first
communicated the disease by inoculation, reported that he had received
the matter from Dr. P. Fortunately, however, for the purity of his reputation,
which was to pass unsullied to the grave, two other physicians in town
had obtained matter from him, just then received fresh from a friend in
Boston, which he generously shared with them, and both parcels proved
pure and efficacious ; while his " ungrateful friend " declined
accepting any, or made use of that which was derived from another source.
Certain it was he communicated the smallpox or varioloid by inoculation,
and two young and destitute females soon after died of the disease. As
he had sown, so did he reap. Dr. Page was summoned to their death-bed
to pronounce upon the character of the malady, and to warn his protégé
and the public of the nature of the plague thus intro-