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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER I. 1741-1759. HE following Memoirs of my own Life and Times owed their origin to an accident--the rupture of the tendo Achillis of my right leg--which I met with in the summer of 1813 when visiting my daughter, Mrs. Pringle at Ferney Green, in Westmoreland. After I had been conf1ned for a few weeks to bed, or a chair, reading became tiresome, and my thoughts unprofitable and often unpleasant. Having been favoured by Dr. Watson, bishop of Landaff, with the perusal of his life in manuscript/f it struck me that a similar work might in my case prove a resource against the oppression of indolence, with Now Mrs. Elliot of Rosebank.-f This work, entitled "Anecdotes of the Life of Richard Watson, bishop of Landaff, written by himself at different intervals, and revised in 1814," was published by his son in 1817.--Ed. B out involving, what I was not fit for at the time, severe application, or the fatigue of research. I was satisfied that I should not want an abundant store of materials. From the perusal of these memoirs it will appear, that notwithstanding the obscurity of my position, I have enjoyed considerable opportunities of becoming acquainted with the eminent men of my own time, and that I have not been an inattentive observer of passing events. For a few years, in my early life, I was in the habit of keeping a diary; and although I soon tired of the drudgery to which this practice subjected me, I long afterwards continued not only to record such occurrences as were interesting to my own family, but occasionally to enter in a commonplace book my observations on matters of public importance. I have also preserved my correspondence; and in carrying on this work I have had recourse to unassisted recollection only with respect to early incidents which...
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