The Reminiscences of a Very Old Man, 1808-1897

The Reminiscences of a Very Old Man, 1808-1897

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The Reminiscences of a Very Old Man, 1808-1897

The Reminiscences of a Very Old Man, 1808-1897

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Benvenuto Cellini, the eminent Florentine artist and consummate bravo, declares that "It is the duty of every one, in whatever state or condition of life, to be his own biographer ; but he should not enter upon this important and arduous undertaking before he has attained the age of forty." Now as I already number much more than twice that many years, it is fair to assume that Cellini would pronounce me fully qualified, at least in the matter of age. But I should never have entered upon this task, for task it is, had it not been for the importunity of numerous friends who insist that much that I have seen, and much that I know of many persons of distinction both in this country and in Europe, ought to be recorded.Should I find time from other pressing and more important affairs to accomplish this writing, the reader—if reader there happens to be—will find, I hope, that I have avoided what Chester Harding calls an Egotistography.My reminiscences will go back to what I saw of the great national jubilee re . . .

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