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Billings, Josh, 1818-1885 [1866], Josh Billings, hiz sayings. With comic illustrations. (Carleton, New York) [word count] [eaf674T].
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Amerikus.—Your contribushun is in hand. We
like its fluidness. It is like ile on a side hill. Natur
haz did a good thing for yu, and yu ought tew
be willing tew dew a good thing for natur. This
line in your produkshun strikes us as very butiful
and original; “And larn the luxury of dewing
good.” Gold smith hisself mite hav bin proud ov
sich a line. And again; “Oh would sum power the
gifty giv us, ov seeing oursels as uthers cee us;”
yure idee ov indroducing the skotch acksent into
yure stile, is verry happee. If yu never hav red
Robert Burns, yu will be suprised to larn that his
style verry mutch resembles yures. Onse more yu
sa; “If ignoranse is bliss, tis folly tew be wise.”
This sentiment is jist as tru as tis common. Pope,
I think, has sumthing similar; but awl grate minds
sometimes express theirselfs alike. Yure

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contribushun will appear in our nex issu, with a wood cut
piktur ov a saw buck at the top ov it.

Beta—I think sumly as yu do, “this wurld is all
a fleetin cirkus, for man's illushun given,” but that
aint no rezon for not pitching in and being illusioned
onse in a while. I wouldn't giv a cent for a man
who hadn't bin illusioned, and who didn't expect tew
be several times agin.

Mathew.—I see bi yure letter that yu hav determined
tew studdy ministry. Yu sa yu hav
doubts about yure talents being enuffly tew make a
minister; i don't think that ought tew bluff yu oph,
for i hav saw menny men ov almity mean tallents,
who got tew be first rate ministers.

Philander.—Yu ask me which iz the most best,
the marrid or the single condishun? — Most evry
boddy, at sum time in their life, has tried the single
state; also, moste evry boddy haz hankered after
the double state, or married condishun. I hav
tried both states, and am reddy to sware, that if a
man kan git a woman who kan fri pancakes on both
sides without burning them, and dont hanker tew

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be a wimmin's kommitty, the marrid state iz a heaven
and arth, awl tew onst. But after awl the married
state is a good deal like falling out ov a cherry
tree, if a person don't happen tew git hurt, it is a
good reason for not trieing it agin.

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Billings, Josh, 1818-1885 [1866], Josh Billings, hiz sayings. With comic illustrations. (Carleton, New York) [word count] [eaf674T].
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