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[161] private correspondents that, if they will write us such capital letters, they must not think of falling out with us if we do put them in print. We have conscientious scruples about keeping for our own enjoyment anything which we know would give pleasure to others. We have taken the liberty to erase the names. because they are those of people who are too well known to allow of any other kind of liberties being taken with them.

Then follows the letter.

The keeper of the station near us is a Mr. S., father of a wonderful boy of whom you may have seen notices. He is an excellent specimen of the Yankee, civil, intelligent, able to write a good account of Secretary C. [Collamer] in our village newspaper, nasal enough, has his own opinions on men and books — opinions on a far higher plane than common. He is from Vermont, knows P.'s [Powers] family “wal,” and thus confuted to me one day a story he had seen translated from the Italian, to the effect that P. was born “in the little hamlet-of Woodstock, inhabited altogether by herdsmen and shepherds.” “Why,” said he, “I lived ”

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