hal age, for he was born in 1787, or, as some think, on the 4th of July, 1776. The truth is, he never had a sound constitution.
There were inherent elements of weakness and conflict in it. The Doctors, who met in 1787 to assist at his birth, saw this, and proposed various remedies to counteract the seeds of premature death.
Some thought that he would die of plethora, others of inanition.
The first recommended abstinence, a mild diet, and rigid adherence to a prescribed regimen.
One Dr. Patrick Henry predicted that he would be very greedy, absorbing and consuming the substance of the land.
Uncle Sam had a very large family of children, but it must be confessed that he was neither a judicious nor an impartial father.
As a patriarch or head of a family, he used but little system.
Sometimes he was too strict, at others, too lenient — to some he was lavish, to others niggardly; in short, too frequently he showed himself a step-father, rather than a natural father — consequently his