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Biography of Richard Maurice Bucke, M.D.

Maurice Bucke, medical superintendent of the Asylum for the Insane, at London, and one of the best educated medical men of the younger class in the Province of Ontario, was born at Methwold, county of Norfolk, England, March 18, 1837. Dr. Bucke is a great-great-great-grandson of the celebrated Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, first Earl of Orford, and grand-nephew of Charles Bucke, author of works on the “Beauties of Nature,” and the “Ruins of Ancient Cities,” works still published by Harper Brothers, New York; and son of Rev. Horatio W. Bucke, a minister of the Church of England, who moved with his family to Upper Canada when Maurice was one year old, and who died in 1855. His mother was Clarissa Andrews, of Mildenhall, Suffolk. The family settled three miles east of London, and our subject was brought up on a farm not a hundred rods from the Asylum which he now superintends. He was educated at the London grammar school; in 1853 he started on a traveling tour going to California by the overland route, and returning by Panama in 1858; spent four years in medical and surgical studies at McGill University, Montreal, where he was graduated as first prize student in the spring of 1862; then gave two additional years to professional studies in London and Paris; and on returning to this country, made, in 1864, a second trip to California, this time in the interest of the Gould and Curry Silver Mining Company. Returning to Canada in the summer of 1865, Dr. Bucke settled in Sarnia, and was there in the practice of his profession ten...

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