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Mrs. Ramsey warns Philander Chase of her brother-in-law John Ramsey, who went bankrupt having "committed the worst act of dishonesty" and is consequently trying to emigrate to Illinois and move to Robins Nest. This act of dishonesty apparently "should have been criminally prosecuted" and shocked Ramsey's wife to the point of death, leaving behind his children. Mrs. Ramsey calls him "unprincipled to the deepest degree" and writes that he is skilled in pretending to act penitent and assuming another character.
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Ramsey, Mrs., "Letter to Philander Chase" (1841). Philander Chase Letters. 1144.