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couldn�t I bring her to their shop that she might
write an article puffing the wax-flowers &c.   All through
he talked captions, half-dictatorial, thoroughly egotistic,
after his hard Scotch manner, I sitting on a sort of  rail,
commonly used to support his big drawing-board.   Pre-
sently Mrs Whitelaw came and the servant.   She, hospital-
bly, produced some gin and water.   Whitelaw was fussy,
not to say captious with her, and there was a complaining
tone in her remarks and accent.    His great natural,
national self esteem and habit of indulgence of petty tem-
per have grown upon him.    It grated upon me and set
me upon not accepting him at his own estimate as I am
at first inclined to do everybody.     The man, too, is so
cursedly suspicious that I�m not going to be too hot
upon renewing intimacy.       Finding that most people
will defer to captiousness and domineering in trifles
he has acted upon it till it has become part of his 
nature.                      Cahill has been on to Boston, appro-
pos of some of Doesticks book-making business.   In-
quiring at the �Parker House� as to whether O�Brien lived
there, he got a very emphatic �No Sir�ee!� from the 
bar-tender as answer.   O�B had run up a bill of
over $100 there; has been giving �literary breakfasts�
and conducting himself after his usual Barry Lyndon
fashion.  Bellew gave him an introductory letter to
Emerson and he had others � I question the honesty
of endorsing the swindler.     He was living at Cambridge,
said to be �literary editor of a Boston paper.  Cahill               
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