Excerpt from The Life of Esther De Berdt: Afterwards Esther Reed, of Pennsylvania
My motives in writing this volume are honestly stated in its first pages. It has been prepared (and this the critical reader will easily detect) at different times, and in the brief intervals of leisure which professional work allows. Its composition has been a source of enjoyment in contrast with the uniformity of my daily labour; and I can truly say that when the last page was written, I was very sorry that my literary recreation was at an end.
It is not as easy to define my reasons for printing what was thus written, especially as I have not adapted it in some respects to publication, having left it in the shape of a private memoir.
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