The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.

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MY DEAR SIR: I entreat you to believe that I feel truly obliged by yourkind intentions towards me, and that I entertain the most unfeignedrespect for your most tasteful talents. My house is completely filled withworkpeople at this time, and I have only an office to transact businessin; and yesterday I was wholly occupied, or I should have done myself thepleasure of seeing you.
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I then went on to explain that I found myself peculiarly unfitted for thesituation offered to me, not merely by my political opinions, but by thevery constitution and habits of my mind. “My whole course of life,” Iobserved, “has been desultory, and I am unfitted for any periodicallyrecurring task, or any stipulated labor of body or mind. I have no commandof my talents, such as they are, and have to watch the varyings of my mindas I would those of a weathercock. Practice and training may bring me moreinto rule; but at present I am as useless for regular service as one of myown country Indians or a Don Cossack.
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