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Text for Page 180 [08-21-1860]

	        Bellew�s Debts.
his credits, I think, none of the best, and he
had experienced a hideous amount of dunning.
His loose-handed generosity was practiced
at the expense of justice; he was too careless
or too liberal or not self-denying enough to res-
pect the minor economies.    He would as soon
invite ten chance acquaintances to drink as
one; when he wanted anything and had money
in his pocket he paid for it, when he hadn�t
he got into debt with perfect equanimity.  Yet
he was sensitive and savage when dunned.
Everybody (but his creditors) liked him so,
that there was a general reticence about the
debt and credit side of his nature, and about
his unfavorable traits � if he had other � to a
degree I�ve never seen equaled.       Cahill would
talk of Bellew�s debts, under his breath, as it
were, and, to this moment I don�t know whet-
her Bellew did not owe him money for attend-
ing to his affairs while he and family were in
the Wachusett mountain or not.   Cahill always
asserted this and affected to regard the favors
he had from Bellew as indirect modes of pay-
ment.    Bellew denies or half denies it.    He
certainly owes papa Edwards the sum of $30
for gin, furnished to himself and Major Pier-
cie, about the time that the latter went into               
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