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Excerpt from The Life of a Great Sportsman (John Maunsell Richardson)How many people, I wonder - or shall I say, how few - take the trouble to read the preface of a book?Personally I am one of those few, and have always studied my preface everMoreExcerpt from The Life of a Great Sportsman (John Maunsell Richardson)How many people, I wonder - or shall I say, how few - take the trouble to read the preface of a book?Personally I am one of those few, and have always studied my preface ever since I was able to read any work to which the author had written such introduction.But in my case there is a special, perhaps some would call it a sentimental, reason for this practice.I was only two years old when my father died, my brother Maunsell, the subject of the following life-story, one year older, and our eldest brother four years old. We never had, therefore, the benefit of his fatherly advice during our childhood, which, from all accounts, and from the respected and beloved name he left behind him, would undoubtedly have been to our immense advantage. Our mother and grandmother, however, with whom we lived, and who superintended our upbringing, had been devoted to him during his lifetime, and after his untimely death at thirty-eight, cherishing his memory, as they did, above all things, were never tired of impressing us with any special admonition in regard to our conduct or studies to which my father had given expression.As I was a voracious reader from a very early age, any literary direction from that source was regarded by me as equivalent to a command from above.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.