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(without typos) from the publisher. 1838. Excerpt: ... take an
interest in the current matters of Blissfold, with a mind occupied
not only with the important affairs in progress at Bath, but borne
down by the struggle I had to maintain silence on the subject
towards my wife, from whom I had scarcely before kept a secret
since our marriage. The longest day will have an end, and night
again closed in. Again the sun rose--again the post arrived, and,
amongst other communications, a very long letter from Nubley; so
long, indeed, that I consider it better to put in my notes the
essence of the communication, than its whole substance. Nubley
received the announcement of the failure of the house of Chipps,
Rice, and Hiccory with great composure, because, although his
dealings with them had been various and extensive, he, with that
worldly and prudential activity as regarded nature's first
law--self-preservation, had, upon quitting the " city of palaces,"
washed his hands--to use his own phrase--of the whole concern, and,
having a certain and wellfounded faith in the funds of his native
country, converted all the profits of his sultry exile into three
per cent, consols, which having purchased at a war price, with
heavy taxes, an enormous army and an extensive navy, and the
quartern loaf at eighteen pence halfpenny to help him, put him
pretty much at his ease as times mended; all his landed property
consisting of Chittagong, where his attempts at farming had been
crowned with successes only to be equalled in their results by his
experiment of letting the property to the Thompson family. But,
after having very tranquilly and philosophically perused the
details of the Calcutta crash, the good kind-hearted old man
suddenly felt alarm lest Cuthbert might, either by the plausible
persuasion of the partners, or, which seemed even more probable, by
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