Excerpt from My Book In presenting this volume of selections, gathered from the mass of my writings - from publications of various kinds and from those reserved from publication, I may be pardoned for a little conceit in stating that every line in this book was put in type and page-form by myself, in the quiet of my room, during my leisure hours, while I was a clerk in the War Department, - an occupation most pleasing to me; - may it w be highly profitable. I should like to append to the above statement a short account of some of the events of my life - varied by a thousand incidents outside the common experiences, since I left my father's door, to make my own path in the world, in 1833, when I was eleven years old; but perhaps the public would t care to follow me in the narrative. 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.