chapter  III
LIFE IN THE ARMY
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So, with an infinity of labour and an excess of reverence born of the lack of early education, he set out to teach himself "grammar." Lowth's Grammar was his textbook. He "wrote the whole grammar out two or three times"; he got it by heart, repeated it every morning and every evening, and, when on guard, imposed on himself the duty of saying it all over once every time he was posted sentinel. The work, he tells us, taught him not only to write correctly, but also to remember. It trained his memory to the prodigious feats which he accomplished later. Cobbett certainly spared no pains.