Such has been my fortune throughout my
career. I could tell you more, but I forbear, fearing to weary you with details
in which I take some pride.
you—you who are so proud and so contemptuous of others—
compare your fortune with mine. In your childhood you were reared in abject
poverty. You helped your father in the drudgery of a grammar-school, grinding
the ink, sponging the benches, and sweeping the school-room, holding the
position of a menial, not of a free-born boy.