I have again
and again been asked by publishers and literary interviewers to
write a biographical sketch of myself, or to supply, or assist in
supplying, the necessary materials the purpose; but I have always
declined, because I thought that anything I may have said or done
was scarcely entitled to such specific notice and also because I
had not finished the educational and ameliorative work I had marked
out for myself. Many sketches and accounts, however, of one kind
or another, have, from time to time, been published in magazines
or newspapers without my concurrence or consent and all of them,
as far as I know, have been more or less inaccurate.
one account, recently published in book form, and consisting of
160 pages, says:-" In the year 1889 the Rev. C. F. Mythian,
Vicar of Blackwater, and president of its little Institute, wrote
Mr. Passmore Edwards asking his assistance in the shape of books."
The author should have said, if he said anything, "The Rev.
C F Rogers, Vicar of Mythian," as Blackwater, my birthplace,
is only a small village in the parish of Mythian. Referring to my
first engagement on the Press, the author says: "He obtained
a post on the Citizen paper, published in Manchester."
He should have said the Sentinel newspaper, published in
London. Another writer in another publication says I" bought
The Builder from Mr. George Maddick." He should have
said, if he said anything, that I bought The Building News
from Messrs. Kelly. I ought perhaps to share the blame for the publication
of such inaccuracies, as I have declined opportunities offered me
to supply data and correct proofs. Unfortunately, these and other
mistakes have been reproduced in other publications; and to prevent,
if possible, their recurrence, and in the interest of fact and self-protection,
I have jotted down the following fragmentary reminiscences.