Table of contents for Sheppard Lee : written by himself / by Robert Montgomery Bird ; introduction by Christopher Looby.

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 CONTENTS OF THE FIRST VOLUME.
BOOK I.
CONTAINING INSTRUCTIONS HOW TO SPEND AND HOW TO RETRIEVE A FORTUNE.
CHAPTER I.
The Author's Preface-which the reader, if in a hurry, or if it be his practice to read against time, can omit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 1
CHAPTER II.
The birth and family of Sheppard Lee, with some account of his temper and complexion of mind . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
CHAPTER III.
The pleasures of having nothing to do.-Some thoughts on matrimony . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
CHAPTER IV.
How to conduct a farm to the best advantage, and steer clear of the lawyers . . . . . . . . 6
CHAPTER V.
The Author finds himself in trouble.-Some account of his servant, honest James Jumble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
CHAPTER VI.
Sheppard Lee experiences his share of the respect that is accorded to "honest poverty."-His ingenious and highly original devices to amend his fortune . . . . .10
CHAPTER VII.
The Author becomes a Politician, and seeks for an office.-The result of that project .12
 
CHAPTER VIII.
A description of the Owl-roost, with Mr. Jumble's ideas in relation to Captain Kid's money . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
CHAPTER IX.
Sheppard Lee stumbles upon a happy man, and quarrels with him . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 15
CHAPTER X.
Sheppard Lee has an extraordinary dream, which promises to be more advantageous than any of his previous ones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
CHAPTER XI.
In which the reader is introduced to a personage who may claim his acquaintance hereafter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
CHAPTER XII.
Sheppard Lee visits the village, makes a patriotic speech, and leaves the fence . . . . . . 21
CHAPTER XIII.
What befell the Author on his way to the Owl-roost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
CHAPTER XIV.
Sheppard Lee digs for the buried treasure, and makes a blow with the mattock in the wrong place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
CHAPTER XV.
In which Sheppard Lee finds himself in a quandary, which the reader will allow to be the most wonderful and lamentable ever known to a human being . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
CHAPTER XVI.
Sheppard Lee finds comfort when he least expects it.-The extraordinary close of the catastrophe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
CHAPTER XVII.
A natural mistake, which, although it procures the Author a rough reception at his own house, has yet the good, effect to teach him the propriety of adapting his manners to his condition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
BOOK II.
CONTAINING SUNDRY ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE ADVANTAGES OF GOOD LIVING, WITH A FEW CHAPTERS ON DOMESTIC FELICITY.
CHAPTER I.
Some passages in the life of John H. Higginson, Esq., the happy sportsman, with a surprising affliction that befell the Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 32
CHAPTER II.
The Author, being in prison, makes a confidant of a deputy attorney-general.-The inconvenience of telling a truth which happens to be somewhat incredible . . . 35
CHAPTER III.
Sheppard Lee is visited by new friends, released from prison, and carried to his new place of abode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
CHAPTER IV.
Containing illustrations of the advantages of dying an unusual death in times of high political excitement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
CHAPTER V.
The true meaning of the word Podagra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
CHAPTER VI.
Sheppard Lee's introduction to his wife, and his suspicion that all is not gold that glistens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
CHAPTER VII.
A comparison between dunning and scolding, with some thoughts on suicide . . . . . 48
CHAPTER VIII.
Sheppard Lee forms sundry acquaintances, some of which are genteel . . . . . . . . . . 50
CHAPTER IX.
The Author grows weary of his wife, and mistakes the river Schuylkill for the river Lethe.-The tragical adventure that befell a young gentleman in that romantic tide, with its effects upon the destinies of Sheppard Lee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 54
BOOK III.
CONTAINING MUCH THAT WILL BE INTERESTING TO YOUNG GENTLEMEN IN DEBT, AND TO FATHERS OF FAMILIES WHO DESIRE TO HAVE THEIR CHILDREN RISE IN THE WORLD.
CHAPTER I.
The inconveniences of being drowned.-The first chapter of the history of I. D. Dawkins, Esq. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
CHAPTER II.
A conversation betwixt the Author and his bosom friend, John Tickle, Esq. . . . . . . 60
CHAPTER III.
In which Sheppard Lee is prepared for the brilliant destiny that awaits him . . . . . . . 63
CHAPTER IV.
In which Sheppard Lee has an interview with a lady, who tells him a secret . . . . . . . 66
CHAPTER V.
An inventory of a young gentleman's effects, with some account of Mr. Sniggles, his landlord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
CHAPTER VI.
Sheppard Lee hears news of his uncle, and Mr. Sniggles is brought to his senses . . 71
CHAPTER VII.
In which Sheppard Lee is told his history . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
CHAPTER VIII.
A conversation with a tailor.-Sheppard Lee finds himself in a situation truly appalling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 76
CHAPTER IX.
The Author receives a visit from his uncle, Samuel Wilkins, Esq., and is relieved from his tormentors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 
CHAPTER X.
Some account of Sheppard Lee's country kinsmen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
CHAPTER XI.
Containing a morsel of metaphysics, with a short account of the Author's experience in good society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
CHAPTER XII.
Sheppard Lee makes the acquaintance of his cousin, Miss Pattie Wilkins . . . . . . . . . 86
CHAPTER XIII.
A farther account of Miss Pattie Wilkins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
CHAPTER XIV.
A short chapter, containing an account of the Author's cousin, Samuel Wilkins, Jr. . 92
CHAPTER XV.
In which Sheppard Lee visits Mr. Periwinkle Smith and his fair daughter, and is intrusted with a secret which both astonishes and afflicts him . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
CHAPTER XVI.
Containing much instructive matter in relation to good society, whereby the ambitious reader can determine what are his prospects of entering it . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
CHAPTER XVII.
In which Sheppard Lee relates the passion he conceived for his fair cousin, and his engagement to elope with her . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
CHAPTER XVIII.
In which Sheppard Lee recounts an engagement of a similar nature which he formed with the fair Alicia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 103
CHAPTER XIX.
The ingenious devices with which Sheppard Lee prepared the way for his elopement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107
CHAPTER XX.
The guests that Sheppard Lee invited to his wedding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110
CHAPTER XXI.
Containing a dialogue, or curious conversation with nothing; with a discovery extremely astonishing to several persons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .112
CHAPTER XXII.
In which Sheppard Lee finds that he has made the fortune of his friends, without having greatly advantaged his own . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
CHAPTER XXIII.
A crisis.-Sheppard Lee is reduced to great extremities, and takes refuge in the house of mourning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
CHAPTER XXIV.
What happened in the dead-chamber.-The dirge of a wealthy parent . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
BOOK IV.
CONTAINING ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE FOLLY OF BRINGING UP CHILDREN IN THE WAY THEY SHOULD GO, AND THE WISDOM OF MAKING A FORTUNE.
CHAPTER I.
The private history of Abram Skinner, the shaver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
CHAPTER II.
Sheppard Lee's first hit at money-making . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
CHAPTER III.
Reflections on stock-jobbing and other matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128

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Satire.