"Having the misfortune to discover myself extremely nearsighted at twelve years old, I mounted spectacles before I took off jackets. A little boy with a large pair of barnacles on his pale, beardless face, is, I confess, an object not altogether calculated for the promotion of gravity among mirthful people, even where, as in my case, his infirmity is so compassionably great as to render his making a sight of himself to others the only alternative to his enjoying no sight of them..."
Ludlow, F.H. "A good-bye Article" The Golden Era 22 Nov. 1863, col. 2
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