Draper Manuscripts: Daniel Boone Papers, 1760-1911, Series CC, Wisconsin Historical Society (Madison, Wisconsin)

John D. Shane interview with John Rankins, ca. 1843-49: <Rankins being a swearing man, he noticed my leaving out the swearing. . . (I read it over to him after it was written out, and wouldn't repeat that). He thought I ought to have put that in. But as men supply the smaller cirs: [?] of a narrative, in order to make it that consistent whole which it should be; and that according to their conceptions; so habitual swearers think no sentence smooth and euphonious, which is not filled up in their style. One such could not rehearse a story without in this respect doing it (in his view) justice; and for the same reason, he would never like to hear it rehearsed, without these necessary ornaments. Hence there is as great a likelihood that profane expressions are spurious parts of the narrative as that they are real, which is the first reason for not using such language. Second, they have no meaning in them, and their omission therefore cannot affect the sense. Third, they have no force in them, and their omission, therefore, does not lessen the beauty of language. Fourth, while the omission of expressions, often of doubtful authority, does no positive injustice in their introduction is certainly repugnant to good taste, and renders the narrative obnoxious to persons of refined and Christian feeling.> 11CC81-83

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