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A WORKING MAN.
"IF I ONE SOUL IMPROVE, I HAVE NOT LIVED IN VAIN."
CHARLES KNIGHT & Co., LUDGATE STREET.
BY THE EDITOR OF THE WEEKLY VOLUME.
THE celebrated Gibbon, in the introductory portion of his own 'Memoirs,' speaking of the autobiographies of various men of letters, says-" Such portraits are often the most interesting, and sometimes the only interesting part of their writings; and, if they be sincere, we seldom complain of the minuteness or prolixity of their personal memorials." This, no doubt, is perfectly true with regard to the self-executed portraits of men of any literary eminence. But shall we feel an equal interest in the "personal memorials" of a man of humble station, unknown to the world-who may, indeed, have had as strong aspirations after knowledge as the most illustrious author of his age, as