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MY BOYHOOD 

BY 

JOHN BURROUGHS 

WITH A CONCLUSION BY HIS SON 

JULIAN BURROUGHS 

FOREWORD 

In the beginning, at least, Father wrote these sketches of his boyhood
and early farm life as a matter of self-defense: I had made a determined
attempt to write them and when I did this I was treading on what was to
him more or less sacred ground, for as he once said in a letter to me,
"You will be homesick; I know just how I felt when I left home forty-
three years ago.  And I have been more or less homesick ever since.  The
love of the old hills and of Father and Mother is deep in the very

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