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To His three daughters were well dowered, and married His two sons, my uncle Moses and excellent men. my father Joshua, were married likewise became ; and when he old, and enfeebled by the hardships to which he had been exposed, he gave over the management of the Solomon Maimon 20 house to different two sons his These were of common. in temperaments and : inclinations, uncle Moses my being of strong bodily constitution, but inferior gence, while my was the opposite father ; and conse- My quently they could not work together well.

This rabbi The belonged to a family of eminent linguists. father, Joseph Kimchi, was one of the numerous Jews who were obliged to flee from Spain to escape the cruel persecutions of the Mohades about the middle of the twelfth century. He left two who both followed his favourite studies. The elder, Moses, has the credit of having educated his younger and more illustrious brother, David, whose Hebrew grammar and dictionary continued sons in general use among scholars for centuries. Kimchi is said to have been powerfully influenced, not only by Maimonides, but also Solomon Maimon: 36 As the children doomed are such an infernal school, it in the may be bloom of youth easily to imagined with what joy and rapture they look forward to their release.

Grandmother, a good simple woman, when tired with her household occupations, lay down often in her clothes to sleep by the stove, and had all her pockets full of money, without knowing how much. Of this the An Autobiography. 13 housemaid took advantage, and emptied the pockets of half Nevertheless contents. their seldom perceived the want, if my only the girl grandmother did not play too clumsy a trick. have been avoided of All these evils could easily the windows, course by repairing the buildings, the window-shutters and locks, by proper oversight of the manifold lucrative occupations connected with the farm, as also by keeping an exact account of receipts and dis- On the But bursements.

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