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1858 Excerpt: ...legations, and presenting them with tokens of the
nation's happiness in the shape of stars, and seals with heraldic
devices, and curious chains of historic significance, not even a
paltry ribbon fell to my share, but only a few curt lines of
advice, ' to look well to my opinions, and be modest, --obediently
to discharge the duties prescribed to me, and remember that
presumption was a fault most intolerable in a young gentleman so
favored by chance as to be honored with the confidence of
government.' "That exhausted the little patience I had left.
Savagely I tore the note into contemptible fragments, tossed into
my travelling-boxes as much of my wardrobe as happened to be at
hand, consigned to a sealed case my diplomatic instructions and all
other documents pertaining to my office, placed them in the hands
of a confidential friend, Mr. Ballard, the British Agent, and
secredy took passage for England, where, without losing an hour, I
made the best of my way to the abode of an ambitious cockney
wine-merchant, to whose daughter I had not been disagreeable in
other days, and within a fortnight married her. You have seen the
lady, Sir," he said, eyeing me searchingly as he spoke, with a
sardonic smile, --the only ugly expression I ever saw him wear.
"Certain title-deeds and certificates of stock, part of my father's
legacy, which, as if foreseeing the present emergency, I had
brought away with me, were easily converted into cash. I had then
twenty thousand sterling pounds, to which my father-in-law
generously added ten thousand more, by way of portion with his
daughter. "And now to what should I betake myself? I had small time
to cast about me, and was easy to please; any tolerably promising
enterprise, so the field of it were remote, would serve...
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