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In these days also she first met her future husband. Samuel Gridley Howe was at this time (1842) forty-one years of age; his life had been a stirring and adventurous one. After passing through Brown University, and the Harvard Medical School, in 1824 he threw in his lot with the people of Greece, then engaged in their War of Independence, and for six years shared their labor and hardships in the field, and on shipboard, being surgeon-in-chief first to the Greek army, then to the fleet. It was noted by a companion in arms, that “the only fault found with him was that he always would be in the fight, and was only a surgeon when the battle was over.” He eventually found, however, that his work was to be constructive, not destructive. The people were perishing for lack of food; he returned to America, preached a crusade, and took back
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