Statistics for occurrence #1 of “a Mr. Ralston” in chapter 1 of Matthew Arnold, Civilization in the United States: First and Last Impressions of America.:

...I confess I am inclined on the whole to exclaim: What a wholesome bringing up it was! I must find room for one story of Grant's boyhood, a story which he tells against himself :-- There was a Mr. Ralston living within a few miles of the village, who owned a colt that I very much wanted. My father had offered twenty dollars for it, but Ralston wanted twenty-five. I was so anxious to have the colt,...
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