Wilmer Atkinson: An Autobiography

Wilmer Atkinson: An Autobiography

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Wilmer Atkinson: An Autobiography

Wilmer Atkinson: An Autobiography

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I have not found any way to write an autobiography without a free use of the personal pronoun "I," so the reader of this book will discover that vertical letter liberally sprinkled over nearly every page. I knew no way of eliminating it or I would have done so. After the work progressed, I did not mind it so much, and towards the close I rather liked it. That is the way it is with bad habits--they grow on one, and finally assume control. The only excuse I can offer for making this attempt at writing a book is that I am an octogenarian and that my family and some of my friends urged me to it, and I wished to oblige them. When first appealed to, I demurred, fearing that there was not sufficient reason for undertaking the task, but I had finally to give way and the result is before the reader. If I have had a measure of success in the performance, much of the credit belongs to my family, whose sympathetic aid and coöperation I have had throughout. My wife and three daughters, all having retentive memories and the diary and scrap-book habit highly developed, have made my work easy when otherwise it would have been difficult, if not impossible.

W. A.

June 13, 1920.

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