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            George�s Cunning and Meanness.
disadvantage of Conworth, which was discovered
by Henry Tew.    �Neither Joseph or John said
anything to me about it;� added William; �Harry
happened to mention it.�   Now George had told me
the story a week or two ago, only reversing the parts
played by him and Henry and speaking contempt-
uously of the latter�s capacity.   William Tew has
observed that W. Conworth�s the harder worker on
George�s farm than its owner and inquired of me
how much he got a year.    I find I have over-esti-
mated George�s industry; though, I think, he doesn�t
spare himself � when he can�t get anybody to work
for him and when making money is the incentive.
I remember he never wrought hard on his father�s
farm.                An anecdote, communicated by him,
which I had forgotten to chronicle will do well
to use when I paint his grandfather in �Paul Gower.�
He sold a sheep which had died naturally to a Pa-
ris butcher, and commented bitterly on the man�s
dishonesty in retailing it at a first-class price,
and only allowing him an inferior one.  He instan-
ced this as a reason for his not dealing with the
man.      I have noticed in him and in his family
that they commonly justify some meanness of living
or behavior by attributing small social villanies
to others.    It is ingenious and highly characteristic.
Thus George�s dislike of the butcher was offered               
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