Letters From An American Farmer By Hector St. John De Crevecoeur

 -  But as thee art an early man follow thine own
inclinations; thee wantest some rest, I am sure, and why - Page 40
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But As Thee Art An Early Man Follow Thine Own Inclinations; Thee Wantest Some Rest, I Am Sure, And Why Shouldst Thee Not Employ It As It May Seem Meet Unto Thee.

- However let it be a great secret; how wouldst thee bear to be called at our country meetings, the man of the pen?

If this scheme of thine was once known, travellers as they go along would point out to our house, saying, here liveth the scribbling fanner; better hear them as usual observe, here liveth the warm substantial family, that never begrudgeth a meal of victuals, or a mess of oats, to any one that steps in. Look how fat and well clad their negroes are.

Thus, Sir, have I given you an unaffected and candid detail of the conversation which determined me to accept of your invitation. I thought it necessary thus to begin, and to let you into these primary secrets, to the end that you may not hereafter reproach me with any degree of presumption. You'll plainly see the motives which have induced me to begin, the fears which I have entertained, and the principles on which my diffidence hath been founded. I have now nothing to do but to prosecute my task - Remember you are to give me my subjects, and on no other shall I write, lest you should blame me for an injudicious choice - However incorrect my style, however unexpert my methods, however trifling my observations may hereafter appear to you, assure yourself they will all be the genuine dictates of my mind, and I hope will prove acceptable on that account. Remember that you have laid the foundation of this correspondence; you well know that I am neither a philosopher, politician, divine, nor naturalist, but a simple farmer.

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