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Carwin the Biloquist
Charles Brockden Brown

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MEMOIRS OF CARWIN THE BILOQUIST
[A fragment] 

Charles Brockden Brown 

[1803-1805] 

Chapter I. 

I was the second son of a farmer, whose place of residence was
a western district of Pennsylvania.  My eldest brother seemed
fitted by nature for the employment to which he was destined.  His
wishes never led him astray from the hay-stack and the furrow.  His
ideas never ranged beyond the sphere of his vision, or suggested
the possibility that to-morrow could differ from to-day.  He could
read and write, because he had no alternative between learning the
lesson prescribed to him, and punishment.  He was diligent, as long
as fear urged him forward, but his exertions ceased with the

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