I DO not know whether the love for reading is inherited, but both my parents were voracious readers and, besides possessing a good collection of their own books, borrowed freely from a subscription library. My earliest recollections include being read to by one or other of my parents, and my mother's proneness for falling asleep in the reading spurred me on to learn to read on my own account. I well remember that it was David Copperfield that especially interested me at that period. I soon became a good reader and read almost anything that came my way. Besides the many volumes for children in the home collection, I dipped extensively into those intended more especially for adults, including the works of Dickens, Scott, and even that now forgotten but one‐time popular Victorian work, Proverbial Philosophy by Martin Farquhar Tupper.
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