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Text for Page 071 [07-20-1861]

                 �The Spirit that says Nay to All.�
saving habits and living with the Martins � the head
of whom George designates as a Yankee, � John became
what George now represents him to be.         I take the
liberty of dissenting from that representation, on my own
judgment.          I know that the Bolton blood runs in
meaner and dirtier channels than that of the Conworths,
and while to some extent sympathizing with George
and seeing how this damnable, ingrained nature
has been developed in him, I yet abhor and shudder
at it and wish � Oh! how I wish that Charley had
never married into that family.     There�s an utter
distrust of all good in it; a cunning and selfish-
ness which funds its outlet in innumerable notions,
great and small; a sordid habit of life which de-
presses and revolts one; a miserable fear of open
speaking, a trick of hinting and sneering and attempt-
ing to accomplish its mean ends covertly; an absence
of all liberal thought and construction; an omnipre-
sent decendentalism, to which I cannot and will
not shut my eyes; manage my present position.
The good in George, I will do justice to, presently:
I know it and perceive it, but I must secure the
truth on the other side also.            As George and
I drove into Conworth�s gate this evening, he point-
ed out the spot where poor Sarah lies; in a spot
on the left, a mere corner of a field, unmarked by
any grave-stone, with her dead babes on either side               
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