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Author: Richard Smith Elliott
Publisher: St. Louis, R.P. Studley & Co., printers, 1883.
Series: Western Americana, frontier history of the trans-Mississippi West, 1550-1900, reel 173, no. 1809.
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"Ben. Franklin, Sol. Smith and Horace Greeley have written of themselves and their times. So have Argo, Lamartine, and many others. Abler men than I, no doubt; but because Jupiter is a great planet, do we say the little star shall not twinkle? And why, then, may not I write modestly of myself and times? As it would make the book too big for any writer to tell all the truth about himself, I need not tell distasteful  Read more...
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Elliott, Richard Smith, 1817-
Notes taken in sixty years.
St. Louis, R.P. Studley & Co., printers, 1883
(OCoLC)700634111
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Smith Elliott
OCLC Number: 14971154
Notes: The author marched to Santa Fé with Kearny's expedition in 1846. Some material orn Missouri history is also included.
Reproduction Notes: Microfilm. New Haven, Conn., Research Publications, 1975. 1 reel. 35 mm. (Western Americana, Reel 173, no. 1809).
Description: 2 preliminary leaves, 336 pages frontispiece (portrait) 23 cm
Series Title: Western Americana, frontier history of the trans-Mississippi West, 1550-1900, reel 173, no. 1809.

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"Ben. Franklin, Sol. Smith and Horace Greeley have written of themselves and their times. So have Argo, Lamartine, and many others. Abler men than I, no doubt; but because Jupiter is a great planet, do we say the little star shall not twinkle? And why, then, may not I write modestly of myself and times? As it would make the book too big for any writer to tell all the truth about himself, I need not tell distasteful things. It is therefore a safe business to write a memoir, as anything one would rather not tell can be left out; and if I think of any dubious things in my own life, I can pass them over. Great slices of the actual life of any man must be thrown aside, whether he or another tells the tale; but if the reader hankers after the untold, thinking it might be savory with peccadillos or the like, let him imagine the void filled with his own shortcomings, and he need not care to feast on those of men no better than himself."--From page [1].

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