THE AUTHOR'S APPEAL.
It may perhaps be considered presumptive for one
in my humble sphere of life to think of writing a
book; but, influenced by the earnest persuasions of
many ladies and gentlemen, I have at last concluded
that I might just as well note down a few of my ex¬
periences for their amusement as not.
The unlettered of all ages have numbered in their
ranks many with sufficient observation and intelli¬
gence to have written more entertaining books than
many which have emanated from cultivated pens, had
they only possessed the courage to tell what they
knew in simple, plain language—could they only
remember that the mouths of babes and sucklings
have, in other days, perfected the praise of the
mightiest. Those days may come again.
The physician writes bis diary, and doubtless his
means of discovering the hidden mysteries of life
are great. The clergyman, whose calling inspires
the deepest confidence, and into whose ear the tales
of sorrow are unreservedly breathed, sends forth his
diary to an eager world, and other innumerable
chroniclers of fireside life have existed; but the hair-