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nature, buttered bread for others to eat, and left his children to cry for it.
In my growing up I was rather ricketty, and several times during Mary's reign, narrowly escaped being burnt to death. Thank God! I have as yet been preserved for a better fate. In the days of “ Flirting Bess” I strutted about and quizzed the Dons finely; and at the Union of England and Scotland, I was looked upon as a prodigy of learning.
In the reign of Charles the First, I had again many narrow escapes for my life; nor was it till I had played the hypocrite during the Commonwealth, and the rake and bully in the two succeeding reigns (during which period of folly, I, however, spared time to improve myself in the art of navigation), that I approached to a steadiness of character: this began at the period of “the Revolution,” I being then in the hundred and sixty-eighth year of my age, a time of life when a man should think seriously of the past, and apply himself with anxiety to the future.
Through all Queen Anne's wars, I was aide-decamp to Marlborough, but in the first George's time, I became rather shy of fighting, and more
çareful of my person; besides, I did not exactly understand continental politics; therefore, in his successor's reign, I amused myself with poetry and translated Homer, thus proving that the greatest Pope is of British origin. For the soul of me, I could not refrain from turning out in the reign of“ George the Good;" and though I deserted from America, I made up for it in other quarters, and served in Spain and at Waterloo under Wellington. During this long period, I also occasionally applied myself to engineering and farming; but I got dreadfully in debt, which I am at this moment paying off as fast as possible; yet without the smallest stain upon my honour or credit.
And now-in the reign of “ George the Mag. nificent,” finding myself threatened to be outelbowed by a parcel of finical chaps, who write on, and talk on, and do nothing; and being fearful of getting too fat and too rich, I am determined to fret myself thin by turning author; and before I die (with some experience and no little misfortune undergone) I here present to all those to whom this short history of my long life may come, “ A Book,” or, as the French have it, “ A Livraison :"-and as this Livraison is my own book, and none of the fine-sense family have any thing to do with it; I, therefore call it, by no higher title than the book of and belonging to com la toa odol.