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Incidentally (Classic Reprint)

Excerpt from Incidentally How calm and quiet a delightIt is aloneTo read and meditate, and write, By none offended, nor offending none;To walk, ride, sit, or sleep at one's own ease, And pleasing a mans self, none other to displease. - Cotton. I have seen it somewhere written that to a person whose age extends beyond the period of youth, a retrospect of his early connections and friendships cannot but suggest melancholy and mournful reflections. To clip from newspapers and magazines the following reports and sketches of what were at one time current events; to read, and then retouch with a loving hand some incident of an almost forgotten past, is to indulge in a retrospect of the brightest and best period of my life - the years passed in Halifax. And yet I find no suggestion of melancholy, and no trace of mournful reflection in the task I have assigned myself. The walls of this my smoking den and study are papered with pictures calculated to assist my memory - and stimulate my fancy - as I write of absent friends and try to pick up from tangled recollections of the past years the thread of events with which these pictures and photographs are inseparably connected. These newspaper clippings, play bills, menu cards, yachting programmes, and cricket fixtures, lead me into a veritable dreamland of delight. Even in the incidents of a quiet and uneventful life may be found the material for a log book, the perusal of which, in after years, will delight not only the writer, but those of his friends who are familiar with the places, people, and incidents referred to therein. It is with the hope that my acquaintances may desire to preserve some of the newspaper reports of a "special correspondent," that I venture to entrust my Sketches to a friendly publisher. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology 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.
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