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ed and been thoroughly independent in spirit.   He is
generous to his relatives, sends his sister in Scotland presents,
will pay, proudly, the expenses of a holiday tour of his mother�s
in England.    Her portrait hangs in his room � a fine,
vigorous featured Scotchwoman � such women as breed men.  He
would do a kind action any day.  Though he hates to lend money
� a feeling which I share, knowing how devilish hard it is to
get, and how easy to establish a borrower, and how loose-soul-
ed many fellows are about repayment � and will speak with
irritation about an un-refunded six pence, yet he is liberal
in spending money, hates to drink alone and will think its
�too bad� to use twopence-ha�pennyworth of sugar of my buying
� as I can�t afford it � when I�ve drunk gallons of his grog,
and am always welcome to drop into his room of a night for
a glass and a gossip.    Withal he, the most loud-voiced and
obstinate of men, has a real element of modesty in his nature,
thinks his mother didn�t lick him enough or he�d have been clever-
er, minded his book more &c; attributes his success in life,
sometimes, to luck, doubts its permanence, and in laying
out his future wants to be hospitable and to help people.
He has helped Latto, for some years.   Only let him feel that
you are doing right towards him � that his interests shan�t suffer
� and he�ll be a warm friend.   But let his pocket be touched
and he�ll blaze into a tremendous enmity.  He�d like the Roman
law to be put into force against debtors.  I�ve heard him damn
a man who committed suicide � as the fellow had once swindled
him out of a puncheon of whiskey!  I expect he�s a thorough
business man � keen as a razor.   This is a character that
I respect � inasmuch as I haven�t an atom of it in my own com-               
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