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I downloaded and listened to a Libravox recording, excellently read. Apart from the social and historical interest the work has very considerable literary merit and is honestly self-reflective. Quite a sharp social commentator unless it is on persons of native American, African, Chinese or other than Western European origin. The racism is extreme but the norm at the time. The comments only appear in terms of direct observation in letter one which raises the question of whether frontiers were lily white - those drafty log cabins were not shared with persons of colour. Not even as servants. Interesting. 

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