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Letter on Corpulence
LETTER ON CORPULENCE
Addressed to the Public
BY WILLIAM BANTING.
Originally Published by Haerison, 59, Pall Mall
1st digital edition by David De Angelis 2014 - All rights reserved
Bookseller to the Queen and H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.
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PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION.
The second edition of this pamphlet (consisting of 1,500 copies) being exhausted, and the result being very gratifying to my mind, in the large amount of satisfaction and benefit which I am able to report from evidence of others (beyond my most sanguine expectations), considering the hitherto limitedcirculation, I have felt impelled to publish, advertise, and sell this third edition, at cost price, which I am informed must be sixpence a copy. If this small charge, however, should yield any profit, I shall devote it to the Printers’ Pension Society, or some other benevolent institution; but I have no such expectation, or would very gladly reduce the charge at starting.
The first and second editions were no very serious expense to me, scarcely three pence a copy, but the circulation of them, and the correspondence involved, live cost me far more; yet, I saw no way of securing my motives from misconception except by gratuitously presenting the pamphlet to the public.
The truthful tale has, however, made its way into a large circle of sufferers with marvelous effect; and I can now believe the public will rather prefer to purchase the third edition at a reasonable charge than be under obligation to me for a gratuitous supply. I therefore humbly trust, and fully believe, that by this means the useful knowledge will be distributed twentyfold to the benefit of suffering humanity, which, indeed, is my sole object.
This letter is respectfully dedicated to the Public simply and entirely from an earnest desire to confer a benefit on my fellow creatures.
Of all the parasites that affect humanity I do not know of, nor can I imagine, any more distressing than that of Obesity, and, having just emerged from a very long probation in this affliction, I am desirous of circulating my humble knowledge and experience for the benefit of my fellow man, with an earnesthope it may lead to the same comfort and happiness I now feel under the extraordinary change, — which might almost be termed miraculous had it not been accomplished by the most simple common-sense means.
Obesity seems to me very little understood or properly appreciated by the faculty and the public generally, or the former would long ere this have hit upon the cause for so lamentable a disease, and applied effective remedies, whilst the latter would have spared their injudicious indulgence in remarks and sneers, frequently painful in society, and which, even on the strongest mind, have an unhappy tendency; but I sincerely trust this humble effort at exposition may lead to a more perfect ventilation of the subject and a better feeling for the afflicted.
It would afford me infinite pleasure and satisfaction to name the author of my redemption from the calamity, as he is the only one that I have been able to find (and my search has not been sparing) who seems thoroughly up in the question; but such publicity might be construed improperly, and I have, therefore, only to offer my personal experience as the stepping-stone to public investigation, and to proceed with my narrative of facts, earnestly hoping the reader will patiently peruse and thoughtfully consider it, with forbearance for any fault of style or diction, and for any seeming presumption in publishing it.