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Author:

 

Desmond Gregory


Report:

 

13


Page:

 

51


Year:

 

1986



Excerpt:

 

Dr. Robert Reid Kalley was a doctor of medicine, a wealthy man and a fervent Calvinist (a member of the Free Church of Scotland) and also a very persuasive advocate. He arrived in Madeira in 1838, taught himself the Portuguese language, qualified as a doctor in Lisbon and then proceeded at his own expense to found no less than 17 schools, the teachers and books employed in which he paid for out of his own pocket. He also set up his own dispensary and gave medical advice and treatment and medicines completely free to those who were unable to pay, having obtained from the local authorities permission to import the medicines free. He was publicly acclaimed for his great philanthropy, and if he had only been content to confine himself in philanthropy, he would have encountered no opposition, save perhaps among local doctors who claimed he was taking away their patients. But Kalley was an ardent religious preacher, anxious to convert the Madeirans to Calvinism.1




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