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[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

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"You care for nothing but shooting, dogs, and rat-catching and you will be a disgrace to yourself and all your family."

[teenage Charles Darwin: Charles Darwin's father, ]

Posted by Daniel on 10.15.2009