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Excerpt from Prenticeana: Or, Wit and Humor in Paragraphs Though I have been a public writer from my boyhood, I offer this volume to my fellow-citizens with a diffidence almost painful. It is made up of a portion of the paragraphs that I have written for the "Louisville Journal" during the last twenty-nine years, and a few of those written for the "New York Ledger" within the last two years. A long time ago, I was urged often and earnestly to publish such a volume as this, or permit one to be published, but I uniformly declined. I should decline still, but for the knowledge that, if I do not publish my own paragraphs, others will, making the selections with far less regard for the feelings of men who are now my friends than I choose to exercise. I am as well aware as any one can be, that there are just grounds of grave objection to this book. Probably, in many things that it contains, little else than partisan bitterness will be found. Still I have carefully excluded, out of deference to the sensibilities of persons whom I now esteem and love, thousands of the very passages which, at the time of their appearance, did most to give to the "Louisville Journal" its fame or its notoriety. In many of the passages here given, I have suppressed names in order that there may be no occasion for offence. 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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