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sort of patron of Latto, a Scotchman educated for the
Church, who writes Burns-and-water songs, sends �em
to Sunday newspapers, and keeps the retail grocery
store � a speculation of Leslie�s � in this street.      They
are going to close it shortly, as it only pays expenses,
and in consequence of the former owners having represented (so
Leslie says)  that there was a better trade than Latto
inherited, he Leslie, intends to hold possession of the
place on lease, not paying for it, or something of the
sort.     Latto has nothing, Leslie is behind the scenes and
holds the property, and confidently calculates that the
men can�t litigate to the extent of his purse, and that they
will be ruined!      He went into details about it, to me, one
night, with a fellness of purpose, dreadfully illustrative
of what a Mammonite will do, when he fancies his purse
has been touched.     Withal he is a good son and sends
money to his mother and sister � taking it out in talking
of it, though.         He has extraordinary conceit as to his
powers of fascinating women, having, I suppose, received
considerable koo-tooing from young ladies who knew his
position in life.          He is a firm believer in the Herald
and gets all his political sentiments from that stin-
kingst of journals.     Such a man is hardly calculated
to make the gentlest of husbands, wherefore I fancy little
Nina Brooks is well rid of him.          His approbativenesses
And �young man�nishness led him into the philandera-
tion; his Scotch caution bade him back out, and
his love of money and, again, approbativeness plumped               
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