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fortune.   She lives, says Leslie, very happily.
Thus Leslie.    How little you can reckon up a man
by merely scoring down his more prominent qualities.  I 
distrust all�summings up.�      Here�s this not anomalous
Scotchman, affected by the scene he has to day witnessed,
speculating after his fashion, on the future, and throwing
over all his wonted professions of obstinate, brutal, Pres-
byterian, Calvanistic orthodoxy � quite unconsciously, too.
Such a bit of reality did, for the time, knock formula
out of him.   We don�t know that we shall live hereafter,
said he.       Furthermore he came out with an avowal that
he considered it would have been better if he�d never been 
born.       And this very evening he also related, with great
triumph, how he had disposed of one of the returned
trinkets � a bracelet � once presented to Miss Bella Farr,
for it�s full value in labels for his Bitters!            Bonar
the lithographer is the man who takes the job and bau-
ble.            Leslie is a heathen � not an unkindly one �
one of the Hebraical�eye for eye��tooth for tooth� order.
As long as his interest don�t suffer he�ll be pretty
fair, except when the temptation to make money comes in,
but let his selfishness get alarmed, expect no mercy 
� except what might dribble through approbativeness.
  7.  Sunday.   Called on the two Hillards.   Evening,
to Chapins.  Another man preaching and iterating.  Sub-
sequently to Edwards�.
  8.  Monday.  Mrs Jewell and her daughter (Selina)
called, both in deep mourning.   Wrote to Alf Waud.               
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