Excerpt from Magazine of Travel, Vol. 1: A Work Devoted to Original Travels, in Various Countries, Both of the Old World and the New; January, 1857
The sketches of Western border life will add, we trust, a pleasing variety.
We have been prompted to this enterprise, t... o some extent, we own, by an irrepressible desire for something to do, and, at the same time to be of some use to somebody. -no man is safe, none can tell what he will come to, who has no useful employment upon his hands. In the absence of such employment, we have absolutely been in danger of taking to politics, and we know not thro' what dark labyrinths we may have been led, or into what turbid waters we may have been plunged, had not this Open path to honorable usefulness, lain before us.
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