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Dolores, a Tale of Disappointment and Distress free pdf Excerpt from Dolores, a Tale of Disappointment and Distress: Compiled, Arranged and Edited From the Journal, Letters and Other Mss- Of Roland Verson, Esq.- And From Contributions by and Conversations With the Vernon Family, of Rushbrook, in Carolina To critics I have nothing to say in extenuation of aught that appears in the following pages. If they find anything to praise in what I publish therein, I am confident that they will be just to themselves, and give me due credit. If they find anything to ridicule, or to denounce, or to assist them in pointing a moral, I am sure they will make the most of it - they always do! But to my general readers, I have something to premise- because I think they are entitled to an explanation, and I feel that I have a perfect right to offer one. It is this: When my friend Mrs. Alice Vernon brought me the manuscripts which I have worked up into a connected narrative, with the request that I would edit them for publication, I appreciated my unworthiness for the labor, but such were my obligations to her that I could claim no right to give her a flat refusal. So I consented to consider the matter. After some weeks of deliberation I replied, as I thought, in a very positive manner, that I must decline to undertake the work. Whereupon, she demanded my reasons, and I gave them. I told her that a lack of acquaintance with the parties by whom her husband had been surrounded, and who would be necessary as dramatis personae in the story of his sad life, would forbid my attempting the task- for to give interest to the chronicle, the characters of these persons would have to be portrayed very vividly. Mrs. Vernon overruled this objection by calling the names of each of these parties, and then selecting from our mutual friends others, who, she averred, were in some respects strikingly similar- after which she insisted that I could take a peculiarity from this, and a peculiarity from that person, and by drawing upon her descriptions and my own imagination, so hit off the personages of the narrative as to preserve a sufficient accuracy and truthfulness to nature. When I expressed my fear that this suggestion, if acted upon, would give offense, and that persons might be indignant from the supposition that I had caricatured them, Mrs. Vernon ridiculed the idea, and declared her perfect assurance that there is too much good sense in the majority of mankind for any sane person to be so stupidly foolish. I was not satisfied- but then, what is the use of arguing with a woman? Subsequently, I reminded Mrs. Vernon that it was evident from the MSS. that her husband had been an Infidel, and that to present him fairly, many of his conversations would have to be transcribed, which would reflect, in all probability, great and unnecessary ignominy upon him- while, at the same time, I confessed that the moral of such a book, as that which she wished me to write, might prove hurtful, and would certainly subject me to unkind animadversion from flippant critics. Still Mrs. Vernon was not to be silenced or overcome- but she combatted my suggestion, saying that while the superficial reader might condemn, the profound would approve, that the moral was, instead of being evil, calculated to elevate, expand, and develop Christian virtues. As for her husband, she said that his misfortunes would shield him from ungenerous and unmerited censure. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com"

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Author : Benjamin Robinson
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1332481639
EAN : 9781332481637
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 186 pages
Age + : 5-9 years
Language : English
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