Dr. Sibbald has been appointed to fill the vacancy caused in the Scotch Board of Lunacy, through the death of Sir James Coxe. The appointment was confidently anticipated in Scotland, and will give great satisfaction. Dr. Sibbald has acted as Deputy Commissioner for seven years, doing thoroughly the arduous work that falls to that office. A Deputy Commissioner is nearly always travelling, having to visit every lunatic and imbecile, either private or pauper, that is boarded in a private dwelling or kept at home, from Shetland to the Solway. To do the work well, needs great conscientiousness, some enthusiasm, a good constitution to stand the fatigue, and much tact and firmness in dealing with inspectors of poor and parish doctors. He may be regarded, too, as the State paid peripatetic educator of those officials in regard to lunacy and its proper treatment. His work is undoubtedly important, unique, and interesting; but his position is, in many respects, anomalous, and the promotion to the higher dignity, more secure position, less unsettled and more responsible duties of Commissioner, is a reward which any man who is other-wise qualified and has done his duty well, as Dr. Sibbald has done, is fairly entitled to expect.
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