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Text for Page 063 [03-13-1851]

              has now been absent nigh a month, and no letter yet.   He pledged
his word to little Mrs Dob that he�d remit $3 a week in payment 
of his debt, first week produced a letter requesting postponement.  She wrote
and $3 arrived.   Second week and defaulting again, and no more till
the present.    And the [word crossed out] washerwoman is unpaid.   And Mason�s 
And tailor and boot-maker unpaid.   And yet he telegraphed some triviality to
�Lotty� the other day.   And withal he spake privately of me to Alf Waud
as one who was ridiculously-easy in sympathy ^|in| [words crossed out]
[words crossed out] great Annie Ward disappointment.    Maybe, but
he ought not to have said it.         Put together these items bid me jot down
Master Charley Brown as shallow, not to say unwise also.  Well he
doth himself the most wrong as all untrue natures do.
  I�ve been reading a tale yclept �Kalodah� by a M. D. Mayo. A
moderate slice of Cooper, more of Murryat, a smell of Robinson Crusoe,
considerable of Gulliver and a big chunk of the Arabian Nights, that�s the
material.       A gloriously lively, picturesque book, the hero, a Yankee turned
Bedouin, one a body-snatching medical student.  Bravo Mayo, whomsoever
thou art.  /      Am now studying Carlyle�s Latter Day pamphlets.
  �Ten thousand a years� a paltry  book after all.    Aubrey, virtuous,
intellectual, religious, Tory snob, for he is a Snob.    And the count about
weeping housemaids and virtuous tenantry, and such exalted friendship and
sympathy always manifest in the �first-born of Egypt,� (unless Whiggish.)
�Why, all the non believers in Right-Divine and Thirty Nine Articles are, in
this party-book fools and villains.      Titmouse is too dreary and disgusting
to be amusing; jolly Dick Swiveller�s worth a world full of such.
There are Shark Mud-flints and Dismal Horror�s I know, � but the
thing is overdone here altogether.        Thus Conservative overshapping the
Tory calf is as great foolery as the back-written-with-a-purpose hero               
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