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[105] Brother Troup is small and dapper. He is very handsome-next to Bishop Elliot, one of the finest specimens of Southern manhood I ever saw. It is one of the cases where blood will tell, for he has the best of Georgia in his veins, or to go back further, the best in old Scotland itself. Though over sixty years old, he has never been out of the State, and is as full of whims and prejudices as the traditional old country squire that we read about in English novels. His present wife, Flora's stepmother, is much younger than he, very gay and witty, and escapes all worry by taking a humorous view of him and his crotchets. He and Flora idolize each other, and she is the only person that can do anything with him, and not always even she, when he once gets his head fast set.

We had dinner at two o'clock, and afterwards went to a country school about two miles away, to hear the boys and girls declaim. The schoolmaster made so many facetious remarks about the ladies, that I asked Flora if he was a widower-he seemed too silly to be anything else-but she says he has a wife living; poor thing. We met Gen. Graves 1 at the schoolhouse and he rode back with us. We took to the woods and jumped our horses over every log we came to, just to see what he would do.

March 4, Saturday

. . . I had just finished writing some letters when Gen. Graves and Mr. Baldwin 2

1 Father of John Temple Graves, the Georgia orator.

2 This name, for obvious reasons, is fictitious.

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