Comparing “Foreword to First Edition” to the original manuscript for our Basic Text
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< Bracketed copy is from our Basic Text as it reads today. >
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Rarely have we
< RARELY HAVE WE > seen a person fail who has thoroughly
followed our < path >...
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Now we think you can take it!
< — — — — — > Here are the steps we took...
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11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our
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< conscious > contact with God < as we understood Him >...
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FOREWORD < TO FIRST EDITION >
< This is the Foreword as it appeared in the >
< first printing of the first edition in 1939 >
< WE, OF > Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one
hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly
hopeless state of mind and body. To show other alcoholics
PRECISELY HOW THEY CAN RECOVER
< precisely how we have recovered > is the main purpose of
this book. For them, we < hope > these pages will prove so
convincing that no further authentication will be necessary.
We < think > this account of our experiences will help
everyone to better understand the alcoholic. Many do not
< > comprehend that < the alcoholic > is a very sick person.
And besides, we are sure that our < > way of < life > has
its advantages for all.
It is important that we remain anonymous because
we are too few, at present < > to handle the overwhelming
number of personal appeals which < may > result from
this publication. Being mostly business or professional
folk < , > we could not < > carry on our occupations
in such an event. We would like it < > understood
only, so that
that our alcoholic work is an avocation < . >
< When > writing or speaking publicly about alcoholism,
we urge each of our Fellowship to omit his personal
name, designating himself instead as "< a member > of
Very earnestly we ask the press also, to observe this
request, for otherwise we shall be greatly handicapped.
We are not an organization in the conventional
(glimpse of the original ‘working manuscript’ for these two pages)
sense of the word. There are no fees < or > dues
whatsoever. The only requirement for membership is an
honest desire to stop drinking. We are not allied with
any particular faith, sect or denomination, nor do we
oppose anyone. We simply wish to be helpful to those
who are afflicted.
We shall be interested to hear from those who are
getting results from this book, particularly from those
who have commenced work with other alcoholics. We
shall try contact
< should like > to < be helpful to > such cases.
Inquiry by scientific, medical, and religious societies
will be welcomed.
(This multilith volume will be sent upon receipt
of $3.50, and the printed book will be mailed, at no
additional cost, as soon as published.)
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS < . >
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