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Text for Page 163 [06-19-1858]

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�boy� Rawson Gill has left this house temporarily, his
mother � amiable woman! � having half discarded him.  As
he�s 22, he makes her look old.     The �boy�s� a loafer
with only the good quality of dogged honesty.   He�s gone to
live with the Martin�s, on invitation � the mother being mean
enough to connive at it.
  19.  Saturday.  Down town by 8, Leslie�s & Post Office.
Return.    Letter from Alf Waud, which has apparently
crossed mine.    Here�s the way in which he communicates an
item of news, slightly condensed.   �I�m at present dis-
gusted with everything.    There�s that infernal old (?)
fool of a brother Bill married to a vulgar, little, af-
fected (this is in confidence) daughter of his boarding-
house keeper.   Her only qualifications are youth and fresh
ness.     I only became acquainted with the fact yesterday,
though he must have been wed a month ago.   I presume
he was ashamed to tell me and God knows he ought to be.
There�s not the least necessity except a sensual one.   He is in
debt, owes me nearly $100, and his last years tailor�s
bill &c.     He knows how badly our mother wants assistance; 
besides our father�s recent death should have put it off.  x x
It shows how utterly heartless he is to form such ties when
there�s a child of his, living on the charity of strangers in
England, it�s mother brought to shame and deserted.   He
ought to help her pecuniarily at least.   No girl of 16 is fit
for marriage.    She is excessively childish, even for an
American girl.  x  x   hot bottomed  x   mother got �em mar-
ried that they might indulge legitimately.       Bill an im-
poster, deals in false pretenses � they don�t know his               
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