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store for him, and that remembering the helplessness of his
mother and sister, he would give his uncle no plea for deserting
them in their need. Good resolutions seldom fail of producing
some good effect in the mind from which they spring. He grew less
desponding, and--so sanguine and buoyant is youth--even hoped
that affairs at Dotheboys Hall might yet prove better than they

He was preparing for bed, with something like renewed
cheerfulness, when a sealed letter fell from his coat pocket. In the
hurry of leaving London, it had escaped his attention, and had not
occurred to him since, but it at once brought back to him the
recollection of the mysterious behaviour of Newman Noggs.

‘Dear me!’ said Nicholas; ‘what an extraordinary hand!’
It was directed to himself, was written upon very dirty paper,
and in such cramped and crippled writing as to be almost illegible.
After great difficulty and much puzzling, he contrived to read as

My dear young Man.

I know the world. Your father did not, or he would not have
done me a kindness when there was no hope of return. You do not,
or you would not be bound on such a journey.

If ever you want a shelter in London (don’t be angry at this, I
once thought I never should), they know where I live, at the sign of
the Crown, in Silver Street, Golden Square. It is at the corner of
Silver Street and James Street, with a bar door both ways. You
can come at night. Once, nobody was ashamed--never mind that.
It’s all over.

Excuse errors. I should forget how to wear a whole coat now. I

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