Friday, February 17, 2006

01Sep1856, Start of Book 3

September 1st, 1856.
—Well ! I wonder how many things will be in this book when I finish it, if I ever do so. I wonder what length of time will elapse ere I end it. I wonder whether when I end it I shall be able honestly to say that I have mounted Higher, come Nearer. Excelsior ! My own motto. I like beginning this book on the first day of my birthday month, though no particular event characterized it, beyond a cricket match, which, after a long contest, we lost.

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