Manuscripts/Mixed Material [A Small Merchant]
“Polities never interested me. I see people that devote all their time to it, but as a rule they never amount to much. I don't even go to the trouble to keep my name on the register so I can vote. At the last election several came around and asked me to vote for them. Some even made some big promises. I presume they promised others like they did me, but I have never seen where any of these promises ever got anyone anything.
“My home life is different from most other men of my age. I am right here on the job all the time. It eliminates the possibility of someone breaking in at night. Before I moved in here someone would break in every now and then. I have my own bed and mattress and covers. Everything in the room is mine; it's all paid for and I run things my way. I have a colored woman that does my washing and if I want my bed changed I can get her to do it for me. She cleans out the rooms often as I want. Taken all in all, I think I am doing about as well as can be expected.”