that she hasn�t written unkindly &c. In fact the letter
is a polite intimation of �If you want me as Mrs
Leslie, come up to the scratch, and don�t stand shilly-
shally. I want to know how we stand!� To which
Leslie, after two hours cogitation, wrote an answer begin-
Ning �Esteemed Friend,� professing profound respect for
her, saying the obligations &c were all on his side &c,
telling her �circumstances had occurred to prevent� his visit,
and in fine civilly implying that he preferred respecting
her in any or every other capacity than that of Mrs Leslie.
Now the girl is good and amiable, but I don�t think
there�ll be any heart-breaking ensue. In fact her delicate
physique and youthful appearance (she�s over 20) com-
bined with her simplicit of aspect and demeanour have quietly
sold folks a little. Her mother, too, is a very up-to-snuff
old lady. I know she set Miss Cornelia on Leslie. She�d
tell her to go into the front parlor after him � nodding and
beckoning! Leslie says the other girl whose portrait
he�s got, and whom he wrote an idiotic letter to, will
have $30,000!! There�s half the key to his conduct.
It wasn�t Dick Bolton who called, two weeks back,
only a young fellow from Montreal who knew him.
The Jewells are in the country, somewhere.
18. Saturday. Trying to write. Got a letter, from
Hannah � the which I was beginning to ache for. Down
town in the afternoon, to Spruce Street and elsewhere.
To Bellew�s at night.
19. Sunday. In doors all day. Extremely weary