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stories to Mrs Gouverneur.   The old woman who in time
past used to smoke a short-pipe, until civilization and her
daughter stopped that indulgence, would do anything for a
glass of hot grog and Mrs Gouverneur used sometimes to
give her one.     Often of a night have I met her toiling up-
stairs, groaning, towards Mrs G�s attic.      Gladdy would
sometimes meet her by the way with a lie in his mouth, to
the effect that his mother was out.  (Mrs G. had no sort of
scruple in ordering her children to lie in her behalf.   Only
the other day, May, while being licked upbraided her with
�You can�t believe a word that woman says!�   She had pro-
bably heard this said of her mother.)      Mrs Cooper used
to beat her daughters cruelly, when they were young � Mrs P.
because she wouldn�t marry a rich and elderly man.      She
hates to see Mrs P. reading � like many of her generation �
and hides books away from her.        On Sundays, after some
display of authority to the servants or ordinary meanness,
you see her befogging herself in the front parlor in a rocking
chair, her head mid-nodding over a ponderous bible.     God
help her! she may get something out of it, but I think its
only a pure superstitious regard for the letter � a confused
idea that as she�s a very old woman reading the bible is
the right thing to do, an infliction that she�d better under-
go, in  view of being paid for it afterwards.    What a sor-
did life to produce such a result.
  13.  Thursday.   Pounden didn�t get off yesterday.  His
Father met him at 3 P. M.         A fortnight ago he told me
of the probability of his undertaking this voyage, requesting me
to keep it a secret.    I did so, and only by chance heard of his               
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