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What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little
span of life, by him who interests his heart in every thing, and who,
having eyes to see what time and chance are perpetually holding out to
him as he journeyeth on his way, misses nothing he can fairly lay his
hands on !

STERNE.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:
SMITH, ELDER AND CO., CORNHILL,

AND JOHN CUMMING, DUBLIN.

1837.

LONDON:

PRINTED BY STEWART AND CO.

OLD BAILEY.

TO

MY RESPECTED FATHER,

AS A SLIGHT RETURN

FOR REPEATED ACTS OF KINDNESS,

These Volumes are dedicated,

WITH EVERY SENTIMENT

OF

DUTY, VENERATION, AND GRATITUDE.

PRE FACE.

READER, didst thou ever keep a Diary? Perhaps thou answerest, “ No." Behold, then, mine! The work on which thy sight falleth, is gathered from the chaff of one year's harvest. A little year, – but lately passed away, -swallowed in the tomb of departed days, which are never again to return. was—1836—the last.

That year

-The last—the last- the last, Oh! by that little word, how many thoughts are stirred.”

It may, perchance, be asked, wherefore have 1, whose name has not been trumpeted by the

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