I am, by profession, a lawyer

I am, by profession, a lawyer.

A boy of eighteen, I came home from the Confederate army a cripple, as I supposed, for life, scarcely able to write my own name and as ignorant generally as it is easy to conceive. I entirely withdrew from the world until I was twenty-five, and devoted all there was of me to school and the study of my chosen profession. I came to Texas in 1872 and commenced practising law in this state. I rose rapidly and accumulated money very fast and soon had quite a handsome little fortune, only, however, to learn that all in the world I knew was law and its practice; but not one thing about men or business, and no financial common sense whatever. The result was, that my property was swept away much more easily and rapidly than I had accumulated it; leaving me very much soured against the world in general and the people in particular.

October 27, 1898

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