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a Wall Street Insurance Office, and dwells in Grand Street, board-
ing with the little Nova-Scotian washerwoman.  The Picayune is
moderately prosperous, (the Pick having been bought out.)     Banks, one
evening brought up a certain O�Mana to see me, who proved to be
the individual whom I had known as the younger Manning, on board
the Wenham, six years ago.    He says he is a Virginian, and
accounts for his then assuming a brother and a name, intimating he was
a sort of supercargo aboard the vessel.      /      Will Waud, I learn from
his brother, left England in consequence of having seduced the girl at
Sydenham.   She was, when with her sister, she called at Vassall Place
about to become a mother.  He wrote her in adieu, promising to send
her money from the U. S.      They went to his residence to ascertain
whether his departure were fact or no, � money, the sister said, they
did not want, � her friends would take care of her.     So then his
spleen at everything proceeds but from internal jaundice, and justly
deserved self discontent.     With his morbid self esteem venting itself
in ill-nature and intolerant speech, never I think was there mor-
tal more unendurable, � ever trying as he is to impale his soul
on the Nil Admirari point, ever stretching his little heighth to
look to the Almighty and say of his work �It is not good!�   /
     Alf too, has engaged in a sorry enterprise, of which after
some half hints, partly dogged, partly sorrowful he gave me the
particulars, one evening as we sat in his Fulton Street room, his
brother being only present.     Becoming acquainted at Dobsons boar-
ding house with the young and newly wed wife of an Engineer, (whose
avocations lay on Ocean Steamers,) intimacy, passion and sin fol-
lowed, � platonism, sentiment, sympathy and all the pander-               
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