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 CHAPTER XI. page 63

He said that up to a particular period of his life everything
prospered with him, and that he attributed good luck to the
possession of a certain silver sixpence with a hole in it,
which somebody had given him years before, with an injunction to
take good care of it, as everything would go well with him so long
as he did, and the reverse if he happened to lose it. The promised
prosperity attended him for many years, whilst he held the sixpence
fast; but having at length, in an evil hour, unfortunately given it by
mistake to a hackney-coachman, a complete reverse of his previous
good fortune ensued, till actual ruin overtook him at last, and
obliged him to expatriate himself. `On my asking him,' says the
narrator, `why he did not advertise and offer a reward for the
lost treasure; he said, "I did, and twenty people came with
sixpences having holes in them to obtain the promised reward, but
mine was not amongst them!" And you never afterwards,' said I,
`ascertained what became of it? "Oh yes," he replied,
"no doubt that rascal Rothschild, or some of his set, got hold
of it." ' Whatever poor Brummell's supernatural tendencies may
have generally been, he had unquestionably a superstitious
veneration for his lost sixpence.

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