Boutcher on Bellew.
in the getting up of that unlucky British Volun-
teers business, the recruits to which were drafted
into other regiments. He does nothing, now, beyond pro-
secute his claims for money due from the state or
government � and the postage-stamp business. Mrs.
R. plays � when she can get an engagement.
4. Saturday. A short letter from Boutcher,
dated Westerbourne Grove, where he has �a snug
little house with a largish garden, and� is �as
comfortable as a man could well wish to be.� He
says he sent me a letter a year ago (which I
don�t recollect receiving), that �what with drawing
and writing� he has �been doing very well, working
chiefly for the �Building News,� with an occasional
article in the �Gentleman�s Magazine.� His wife
has brought him a son, now three months old.
Anon comes the real gist of his letter: �By the
way you may tell Bellew from me that he might
as well have called and said �Good Bye� o me,
and paid the �5 he borrowed. I think my-
self jolly lucky that I did not lend him more;
anyway if he could not pay it, he might have
said so and arranged to forward it. I don�t
know what report he took back to America but
he was sadly disgusted with England. We British-
ers evidently did not appreciate him; i. e., we did
not take him at his own valuation. He thought