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Text for Page 191 [04-20-1859]

friends (!) were all English or Irish, he replied
to the asker, that they didn�t pry into a man�s private
doings.      He considered that he had a right to commit
murder if he liked.    Upon my observing that, in that
case, society had a right to hang him, he assented.  If
I (a pleasant way of putting it) kept a mistress &c
&c &c it was none of his business.    We had no right
to interfere with one another out of immediate business
relations.   There was Bellew, now, � he had always 
liked Bellew, looked upon him (Watson) the meaning of
a certain affair. (Some little robbery  forgery perhaps!)
He had told Bellew he didn�t acknowledge his right to
ask that question &c.     What were people down upon
him for � they couldn�t prove anything � let them do
so, if they could.        Then he denounced Shelton MacKen-
zie, who had written slightingly of his writings in Harpers.
How things got about! he had told nobody but Powell
(!) and another in confidence of his being �on� Harpers�.
Then he enumerated various productions of his, stories,
poems &c, which I recognized as appearing in recent
numbers, some of merit. (The man has intellect of
a rather higher order than I had supposed.)   He only
wrote for money, should abandon it when the necessity
was passed.    He was here, only temporarity � intended
going up in the interior of N.Y. state, where he had
land, a mortgage � something or other.   The Harper�s
had been liberal to him.  He had done engraving for them,               
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