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.

I changed location, commenced again, soon had a large practice and again made money. I invested considerable in land, owing a debt on it of about four thousand dollars. I invested thirty-five or forty thousand dollars stocking and improving it. I could have paid all my debts, but again listened to men, and when the financial crash of that time came, I did not have business common sense enough to save more than a few hundred dollars out of the wreck. The balance all went, and with it my respect for men, very greatly my courage as a man, and my hopes of life.

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October 27, 1898

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