You who know something of the irony of life in general, and still more of it in the present particular, will not
be surprised that, having made two strict rules for my guidance in the writing of this book, I break them both
in the first page! Indeed, I can hear you say, though without any touch of the satirical, that it was only natural
that I should do so.
The first of my two rules, heartily approved by you, let me add, is that I should not mention you in my
autobiography.--We both deem it foolish as well as unseemly to violate in print...