In accordance with your desire I will give you a short review of my mental condition while here; but before commencing with that subject, I will furnish you with a brief sketch of my life during a certain period to enable you to comprehend the several causes that led to my breakdown; and I am the more willing to undertake the task, should I, by so doing, render you any assistance in treating any such similar cases. Firstly, I must tell you that, as a boy, I was of a most excitable and irritable temperament, and had a mad love for jumping and running about, also for cricket and other like games. When I was about thirteen years of age I went to the University College School, where I remained three years, after which I entered the College, attending lectures there for a term of eighteen months. While at school I contracted the terrible habit of self-abuse, which I practised all my life until within a few months of my coming here, when I was startled out of my lethargy and came to perceive to the dire effects which that fearful sin had produced in me.
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