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IN DENIS DUVAL'S COUNTRY.                61
whither his brother followed. George came back to England in disguise, cut his fine hair and wore a wig. At Durham he is said to have captivated an elderly Methodist, but the marriage was frustrated by a barrister on the circuit, who recognised Weston. He thereupon left Durham, and went to York races. Having lost his money there, he joined Whiteley's company of comedians, and acted under the name of Wilford. His next move was to Manchester, where he was a school­master, and read the London papers "at the club." He is said to have been chosen Constable—which appears to be false,—forged draughts on publicans, and left in haste lest a worse thing should befall him. In 1774, the two brothers met at a fair in Warwickshire, where they were both swindling. At Lynn, they induced a farmer with whom they lodged to lend them all his money, which was over a hundred pounds in amount. A girl whom Joseph had seduced, threatening trouble, the brothers went to Scotland. At Blackburn they passed under the name of Gilbert. Returning to London, they traded on the charms of a notorious courtezan of the day. George took a house in Queen Anne Street and played the part of a country squire,
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