A Narrative of the Life of James Pearse

A Narrative of the Life of James Pearse

A Narrative of the Life of James Pearse

A Narrative of the Life of James Pearse

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It is a common coustom with those who write books, any parts of which contain a narrative of their lives, and sufferings, to show, or attempt to show, the world, that their afflictions have been far greater than any other persons.

But this is by no means the design of the author. He does not write so much to convince the world that he has been greatly afflicted, as to teach them, how, by a history of his troubles, to avoid those to which they are liable, of a similar nature, and may be induced by similar indiscretion. Or that his sufferings have such a connection with those who are disposed to emigrate to the same part of the country, in which he has resided; that he is persuaded, that a relation of them, will not fail to guard the unwary against danger, who have in their imaginations, converted the south western states into elysium fields, for northern emigrants.

The reader is therefore desired to reflect, that while he reads the following pages, he may not only save his own life, but the lives of his acquaintance, by the information which is hereby put into his possession.

For the writer is not about to give the bright or the dark side of the picture, by relating the disgusting tales of British tourists, respecting our southern country, nor the servile adulation of some northern people, who have been flattered by southern etiquette, while they have remained ignorant of facts; standing equally aloof, from the former and the latter . . .

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