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Text for Page 114 [12-25-1861]

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	      Bellew�s Anglophobia
eulogized the United States, basing his dislike
for England on the asserted arrogance, vulgarity
and conceit of her people, on the difficulty of
obtaining a livelihood there and the circumlocution-
ary airs of all business men.          His wife, too, talks
more odiously on the subject than he.    I know, in my
heart, that no small share of this must have orgina-
ted from deserved annoyance springing from their
habits of getting into debt and not being at all punc-
tual debtors � but that�s one of those little facts
that often lie perdue below specious allegations.  
So Bellew (who never scrupled to caricature the old
country invidiously, even when he was ultra-English
in feeling and more alive than I to American flaws)
has, of late, been pitching his hardest wood-blocks in-
to John Bull�s face, and talking to match.            This
afternoon he said it would delight him to see Eng-
land thoroughly humiliated; which fired my blood
a little and I pitched in.         We talked friendly enough,
if warmly; Beckett being tacitly on my side, though
he said but little.   After all, with all his good
and likeable qualities, Bellew�s life is only based on
what may be termed a not ungenerous selfishness.
English in manner, there�s the inevitable streak of
Irish improvidence in him, which necessitates com-
promising justice by generosity.  He hasn�t that
in him to compass the highest of virtues; the one               
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