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Text for Page 028 [06-24-1859]

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Easton appeared presently which with the fa-
mily made up a sufficient little party, manually
assembled to discuss proceedings on the approaching
�fourth�.  We played vingt-un for counters (cheating
the bank when practicable) cross-scribbling, had
two dances, singing, sandwiches, ale and music.  Al-
together pleasanter and more successful than the
set-occasion parties where the feeling of responsibility
sometimes defeats it purpose.     The girls looked nice
as usual, Matty exceedingly pretty.   Pink muslin frock,
fair, smooth hair, delicately fair skin with rose-red
tinting the cheeks and kind eyes � that�s Matty
Edwards at 15.      Sally, very pleasant looking,
knows more than her sister.        Little Nast enjoyed
himself hugely, as did all.   Wells did his fandango.
Broke up about 12.            I must put down Wells more
in detail.  He is an extreme type of a not uncommon
character, amiability whose immolation and self-sacri-
fice towards some object partakes of the feminine.
The story is that a love affair, terminating in the
girl�s jilting him, or at all events marrying another
wooer, has tinged his whole nature.    Knowing Mort
Thomson from boyhood, his friendship for him 
verges on the morbid, manifesting itself in such minis-
trations as no man ought to offer to or accept from
another, as tying his cravat, cutting up his meat, 
brushing his clothes &c, all of which His Grace
of Doesticks accords, no doubt with real regard               
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