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‘Where in America is to be found that spirit of sport and bluff hearty enjoyment that is seen in English country gentlemen and others? Business here absorbs every thing, and renders people incapable of every other pleasure. Officers of the army and navy are sometimes an exception. There is an old retired navy surgeon at Medford, who lives with his dogs and his gun, like an English squire, enjoying himself in the same hearty manner.’ Query—Who was he?

The above was written in 1845 by Francis Parkman, referring to the effects of environment.

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