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he goes vith the messenger, who shows him in; large room—lots of genTm'n—heaps of papers, pens and ink, and all that 'ere. 'Ah, Mr. Weller,' says the gen'l'm'n in the chair, 'glad to see you, sir; how are you?'—'Wery well, thank'ee, sir,' says my father; 'I hope you're pretty middlin',' says he.—'Pretty well, thank'ee, sir,' says the gen'l'm'n; 'sit down, Mr. Weller—pray sit down, sir.' So my father sits down, and he and the gen'l'm'n looks wery hard at each other. 'You don't remember me?' says the gen'l'm'n.—'Can't say I dp,' says my father.—'Oh, I know you,'says the gen'l'm'n; 'know'd you when you was a boy,' says he.—'Well, I dón't remember you,' says my father.—'That's wery odd,'says the gen'l'm'n.—'Wery,' says my father.—'You must have a badjnem'ry. Mr. Weller,' says the gen'l'm'n.— 'Well, it is a wery bad 'un,' says my father.—'I thought so,' says the gen'l'm'n. So then they pours him out a glass of wine, and gammons1) him about his driving, and gets him into a reg'lar good humour, and at last shoves a twenty-pound note in his hand. 'It's a wery bad road between this and London,' says the gen'l'm'n.—'Here and there it is a heavy road,' says my father.—"Specially near the canal, I think,' says the gen'l'm'n. —'Nasty bit that 'ere,' says my father.—'Well, Mr. Weller,' says the gen'l'm'n, 'you're a wery good whip, and can do what you like with your horses, we know. We're all wery fond o' you, Mr. Weller; so in case you should have an accident when you're a-bringing these here woters down, and should tip 'em over into the canal vithout hurtin' of 'em, this is for yourself,' says he.—'Gen'l'm'n, you're wery kind,' says my father, 'and I'll drink your health in another glass of wine,'says he; which he did, and then buttons up the money, and bows himself out. You wouldn't believe, sir," continued Sam, with a look of in-

1. to gammon: to talk pleasantly without meaning what one says; to deceive.

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