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A LIFE BEFORE THE MAST

Edited by

J. FENIMORE COOPER

Thou unrelenting Past:
Strong are the barriers round thy dark domain

And setters sure and fast
Hold all that enter thy unbreathing reign.

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PRE FA C E.

IT is an old remark, that the life of any man, could the incidents be faithfully told, would possess interest and instruction for the general reader. The conviction of the perfect truth of this saying, has induced the writer to commit to paper the vicissitudes, escapes, and opinions of one of his old shipmates, as a sure means of giving the public Some just notions of the career of a common sailor. In connexion with the amusement that many will find in following a foremast Jack in his perils and voyages, however, it is hoped that the experience and moral change of Myers may have a salutary influence on the minds of some of those whose fortunes have been, or are likely to be, cast in a mould similar to that of

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