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MEMOIRS

OF

A WORKING MA N.

“IF I ONE SOUL IMPROVE, I HAVE NOT LIVED IN VAIN.”

LONDON:
CHARLES KNIGHT & Co., LUDGATE STREET.

1845.

CT
787
C33

London : Printed by WILLIAM Clowes and Sons, Stamford Street.

Dir.
Poole
D-1-50
n 1236

INTRODUCTION.

oy-19-50 mm

BY THE EDITOR OF THE WEEKLY VOLUME.

The celebrated Gibbon, in the introductory portion of his own Memoirs,' speaking of the autobiographies of various men of letters, says—“Such portraits are often the most interesting, and sometimes the only interesting part of their writings; and, if they be sincere, we seldom complain of the minuteness or prolixity of their personal memorials." This, no doubt, is perfectly true with regard to the self-executed portraits of men of any literary eminence. But shall we feel an equal interest in the “personal memorials” of a man of humble station, unknown to the world—who may, indeed, have had as strong aspirations after knowledge as the most illustrious author of his age, as

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