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Text for Page 147 [03-16-1859]

company which didn�t mind it much.   Clapp�s
attention flattered him and procured the American
an invitation to visit him at �his chambers.�  These
were in Lyons Inn, consisting of one indescribably
dirty and slovenly room where Clapp found North
in bed at 1 P. M.     The sheets, Clapp described, as
of as dark a hue, from dirt, as one of the fellow�s pants
� I mean the listeners to the narrative.   Well, Clapp
was invited to breakfast, so after knocking about among
utensils which had been put to all sorts of indefinite
uses, North went out and ordered a cheap meal from
an adjacent coffee-shop, threatening to pay the boy who
presently brought it with a kick a posteriori on his
objecting to leave the grub without the money.    Thus
commenced, the intimacy continued.      When Hannay�s
�Singleton Fontency� was published he presented North
with a copy, who with Clapp was exceedingly hard up,
so they sold it to a bookseller on the day before publi-
cation, at trade price, neither of them having read
it.     Clapp described, not unamusingly, their subse-
quent separate interview with Hannay, when he quest-
ioned them as to their opinions of his book.   North
was then in love with his �Blondine� � whom he has
put in divers books.    Clapp describes her as clever,
pretty, cockneyish, law-born, says that North
shared her favors with a �green-grocer�s clerk� who
stood first in her affections and by whom she became
pregnant.    This woman North wanted to marry.               
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