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now does nothing towards her support or that
of her children.       Another brother, a rou� in
Italy, died here in New York some eight years
ago, or less.     My uncle William, very kind
loving fellow, was fairly persuaded into wedding
Mary Mapleson by the sisters, my aunts Bessy
and Fanny.  (I remember the latter perfectly,
ere her death by consumption in Mary St.)   They
were always singing her praises, how good and
how kind she was.      She fell in love with him
and probably set �em at it.    She was very far
from good looking.  But she made him an excel-
lent wife, and became the mother of a family
of eleven.     Charley, who visited Guildford at
my uncle�s invitation, reported the establishment
as conducted on the pride-and-meanness principle.
He shocked the boys by getting a tavern meal of
bread and cheese or something akin to it, as my
defunct aunt�s tremendous gentility kept him
hungry.    I think they did the starved flunkey
or footboy-in-livery business.     My uncle William
I always liked, a careworn, kind spoken, 
grayish haired gentleman, touchingly reminding
me of my dear old grandfather.   He was, too,
my mother�s youngest brother, she loved him, and
I do, therefore.     Charley said he�d have been
happier � my uncle I mean � with more leg-of-
mutton comfort and less gentility.   I suspect               
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