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Chapter I

I believe it is difficult for those who publish their own memoirs to escape the imputation of vanity; nor is this the only disadvantage under which they labor: it is also their misfortune, that what is uncommon is rarely if ever, believed, and what is obvious we are apt to turn from with disgust and to charge the writer with impertinence.

People generally think those memoirs only worthy to be read or remember ed which abounds in great or striking events; those, in short, which in a high degree excite either admiration or pity: all others they consign to contempt and oblivion.

It is, therefore, I confess, not a little hazardous in a private and obscure individual, and a stranger too, thus to solicit the indulgent attention of the public; especially when I own I offer here the history of neither a saint, a hero, nor a tyrant.

I believe there are few events in my life, which have not happened to many: it is true the incidents of it are numerous; and, did I consider myself a European,

I might say my sufferings were great: but when I compare my lot with that of most of my countrymen, I regard myself as a particular favorite of heaven, and acknowledge the mercies of Providence in every occurrence of my life.

If, then, the following narrative does not appear sufficiently interesting to engage general attention, let my motive be some excuse for its publication. I am not so foolishly vain as to expect from it either immortality or literary reputation.

AuthorGustavus Vassa
Language English
No. of Pages310
PDF Size21.1 MB

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