Excerpt from Local Lyrics, and Miscellaneous Poems Custom makes it the duty of every one venturing upon the ocean of literature in a bark of his own manufacture, to explain to the public his private reasons for pursuing the rash and dangerous course. My only inducements are these: The Local Lyrics contained in this little volume, although sung by myself at the Melodeon and Lyceum in San Francisco, as well as to the only tune I ever knew, and in a style I have never heard recommended, have, upon every occasion, been received with marked favor by the large and respectable audiences who have from time to time patronized those establishments. Kwing that music or melody had thing whatever to do with their favorable reception, I very naturally came to the conclusion that the Lyrics alone were all that were wanted, and therefore, in compliance with the solicitations of many who have heard them, I have published a few selections from the same, together with a number of miscellaneous pieces, which, to make my book larger, I have inserted, at the risk of making it worse. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.