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Text for Page 180 [09-25-1862]

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        Thomson�s attempt to bully Nast
ed about that unlucky letter of Mrs Rogers
to Jim, of �conspiring� against Fanny, and
much more, generally asserting himself as
her champion and threatening that �the mat-
ter shouldn�t end there� &c. &c.  but he
didn�t make much of the old gentleman.
Then he attempted a similar thing in Nast,
who had introduced a caricature of Fanny
(not at all a good one and only recognizable
from the little curls and hair-tendrils with
which she surrounds her raddled old face)
in a comic picture in the illustrated N.Y.
News.  Meeting Tommy in Spruce Street,
nearly opposite the Courier office, from the
window of which Haney surveyed the whole
scene, Thomson threatened Nast with
personal vengeance if he �dared� &c., but
Tommy proved singularly cool and the bully
slunk away to his father who waited at
a distance, with the big stick ! He really
seems to have constituted himself his son�s
body guard.  I saw a ludicrous caricature
of the scene by Tommy himself, at 745,
in which he had represented himself in an
awful funk, shedding tears of contrition
before a gigantic adversary � and a double
opera-glass protruding out of the Courier               
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