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From May-July 1811:






Why do you make a book? Because my Hands can extend but a few score Inches from my Body; because my poverty keeps those Hands empty when my Heart aches to empty them; because my Life is short, & my Infirmities; & because a Book, if it extends but to one Edition, will probably benefit three or four on whom I could not otherwise have acted; & should it live & deserve to live, will make ample Compensation for all the afore-stated Infirmities. O but think only of the thoughts, feelings, radical Impulse that have been implanted in how many thousands of thousands by the little Ballad of the Children in the Wood! The Sphere of Alexander the great's Agency is trifling compared with it.---


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Ach.

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alankria
Sep. 20th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes.
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