Oliver Wendell Holmes (from Literary Friends and Acquaintance)
pubOne.info present you this new edition. Elsewhere we literary folk are apt to be such a common lot, with tendencies here and there to be a shabby lot, we arrive from all sorts of unexpected holes and corners of the earth, remote, obscure, and at the best we do so often come up out of the ground, but at Boston we were of ascertained and noted origin, and good part of us dropped from the skies. Instead of holding horses before the doors of theatres, or capping verses at the plough-tail, or tramping over Europe with nothing but a flute in the pocket, or walking up to the metropolis with no luggage but the MS. of a tragedy, or sleeping in doorways or under the arches of bridges, or serving as apothecaries' 'prentices- we were good society from the beginning. I think this was none the worse for us, and it was vastly the better for good society.
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