The Life of the Venerable John Alcock (Late Archdeacon of Waterford)

“John,” said his father, calling him one day to his side, “what would you like to be?”

“A doctor, Sir,” was the prompt reply of the doctor’s son, who shared the family esprit de corps to the uttermost. “I was born a doctor, of a family of doctors,” he often said afterward.

“Well, Ben and Nat are going to be doctors; I think you had better be a clergyman,” was the disappointing answer.