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his having attributed old jokes to me in his
review of my book in the Daily News!             I think
Dickens� good nature is shown in extracting a
Micawber out of a Tom Powell.   There�s the
rudiments of the character every way perceptible, but
oh! what a mischievous malignant dog, in his peculiar
way is the earthy original who unconsciously sat
for the portrait of the dear, dirty, delightful
�friend of Copperfield�s youth.�        In fact Dickens
can�t make a man with fun in him a scoundrel �
he does so love it.    hence he extracts the inherent
mirth latent in the character and throws away the
dirty alloy.    Yet is old Powell unique!   He
had a trick, once, of meeting you and coining some
lie that same acquaintance hadn�t said of you, tell-
ing the other side a similar story.  Picton told him
he�d wring his nose for it as he, Powell, �had been
an �epidemic� on him, too long!   When detected, old
Powell passes of the matter as an immense joke or
claims credit &c.    One of his traits is scissoring out
newspaper incidents occurring in other cities, changing
the names to that of New Yorkers, principally ac-
quaintances, and republishing them.   He would get
F. Leslie into twenty libel suits, every week, if let
to have his own way.    He is all the morning chat-
tering and suggesting such �good jokes.�  Were his
character not pretty well known he might work
infinite mischief.               
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