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The Writings of Oliver Wendell Holmes: V. 7

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  • Languages:English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Pages:328
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  • Dimensions (in):5.8 x 0.8 x 8
  • Publication Date:April 27, 2009
  • ASIN:B002IKLD38
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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1895. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... A MORTAL ANTIPATHY. FIRST OPENING OF THE NEW PORTFOLIO. INTRODUCTION. "AND why the New Portfolio, I would ask?" Pray, do you remember, when there was an accession to the nursery in which you have a special interest, whether the new-comer was commonly spoken of as a baby? Was it not, on the contrary, invariably, under all conditions, in all companies, by the whole household, spoken of as the baby? And was the small receptacle provided for it commonly spoken of as a cradle; or was it not always called the cradle, as if there were no other in existence? Now this New Portfolio is the cradle in which I am to rock my new-born thoughts, and from which I am to lift them carefully and show them to callers, namely, to the whole family of readers belonging to my list of intimates, and such other friends as may drop in by accident. And so it shall have the definite article, and not be lost in the mob of its fellows as a portfolio. There are a few personal and incidental matters of which I wish to say something before reaching the contents of the Portfolio, whatever these may be. I have had other portfolios before this, -- two, more especially, and the first thing I beg leave to introduce relates to these. Do not throw this volume down, or turn to another page, when I tell you that the earliest of them, that of which I now am about to speak, was opened more than fifty years ago. This is a very dangerous confession, for fifty years make everything hopelessly old-fashioned, without giving it the charm of real antiquity. If I could say a hundred years, now, my readers would accept all I had to tell them with a curious interest; but fifty years ago, -- there are too many talkative old people who know all about that time, and at best half a century is a half-baked bit of ware. A coin...

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