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		The Bellew Family.
I suppose both of his sons have been wild in their
time and given him trouble, though Cahill �
not a very good authority on such a point � pro-
nounces him an entirely selfish man, who never
could have really cared for them.       He lives on
his half-pay, but the literary and artistic attempts of his ear-
ly life, �Memoirs of a Griffin,� &c, indicate a
Micawberish tendency not uncommon in ex-
army officers of his class.         He used to write
letters censuring his son, before the latter had re-
turned to England, which Bellew would carry for
three or four days in his pocket unopened, dread-
ing their contents.    In the old country, he interfe-
red with �Frank�s� domestic economy (?), chided
him for not going to church, deplored the probabi-
lity of his being fond of drinking &c.       Once,
F. B. wrote an eight page letter in remonstrance
and objection, which Cahill had to deliver.   Mrs.
Bellew, of course, disliked her husband�s father.
Beckett was afraid of him; would hide a pot of
beer or bottle of spirits at his approach.    What
Beckett was brought up to � if anything � God knows.
He had attained an equal or greater amount of
debt than his brother.      His wife is French
� a �ward� or something of the sort � hence the
delay in obtaining her fortune.    When F. B. told
us of his brother�s marriage, a year and a half               
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