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Text for Page 148 [02-08-1861]

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	      Will Waud
fore we might meet again.       Will Waud
was decidedly popular among his acquaintances
in Charleston; he is so generally.       A good-
looking little chap, of good address, capable
of singing a good song, most people think
him rather a superior fellow, especially the
majority who never go deep into character. He
has tact, shrewdness, cleverness, ability with
his pencil; might, I believe achieve position, if
he possessed industry.   But his stint of work
is, really, about one day of labour to six of loaf-
ing.       The South with its unacknowledged
principle of what can-be-done-to-morrow-may
as-well-be-deferred-till-the-day-after, its hun-
dred and one temptations towards self-indulgence,
suits Will, though his English blood and
latent ambition reproaches him for yielding to
it.       The consciousness of this crops out in
occasional dissatisfaction or blue-devils, as
well as a tendency to �set the world at chance�
and assert that the Stephen Blackpool estimate
of life is a correct one.     Withal Will�s impulses
are good enough; I don�t think he could have
perpetrated the Sydenham seduction with design
or from deliberate selfishness, nor that of
the poor little Yankee girl who is his present               
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