Excerpt from Poems
I presume a preface to this little volume is not absolutely essen still I think I had better have one, as a kind of a starter. Now, it matter of taste (in my estimation) whether or not the author of a tells when and Where he was born, or whether he makes an... y clai being born at all; but as a preliminary shift, and to fill in, I will that about the year A. D., on the 12th day of February, in afternoon (this was handed down to me) I was ushered into this con which occurrence took place in the sunk lands of Missouri, if you that location. That was in 1812. (this refers to the year in w the seismatic disturbance took place, and not to the year of my bi I was partially reared among the amphibious and odoriferous sp of which that section was then prolific. It was in the midst of surroundings that I began feeling a little poetic (queer wasn't Now, my friends, I shall feel pleased if you may find 5 thing in this book that will entertain you (don't all speak at 0 You may find expressions herein that will appeal to, and 1 a tender chord, I hope so, for we all enjoy a touch of pathos at ti And as, in my fancy ¿ights, I have dropped from the sublime t ridiculous (i trust not too suddenly). I hope you will find somet that will tend to enlist your interest and arouse your mirth. If I ceed in reaching the pathetic side of your make-up or cause yc enjoy one real, hearty laugh, I shall feel abundantly rewarded.
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