to get sketches of the literary New York celebrities � a young French-
man, en blouse, trim moustache and Parisian politeness. Got heads
of Bennett &c from his exquisite grotesque statuettes � unquestionably
the French have a fine eye for the ridiculous. An hour thus, then
to Diedrich Knickerbocker�s favourite walk � the Battery. Drawing in
the afternoon. And at night in a very agony of anxiety about money-matters.
13. Saturday. Drawing, and conversing with Mr. Johns, (the Egyptian
Syriac and Turkish traveller) in the morning. Afternoon drawing in my
dull room, when the nigger brings up a letter � the letter. Hand-shakes,
heart beats, � letter opened. A check for the sum due and a polite and
friendly letter. God bless that man � �the Jew is indeed an excellent good
Christian.� How can I pen my joy? / To Broadway � then
to Wall Street � too late for the Banks. Evening out with Hart
and Mapother, to Book Auctions on Broadway � trashy jokes and fellows
grinning at them. Whiskey and cigar. Saw a crowd of the returned
firemen who�ve been on a visit to Baltimore. Band of music � the
�B�hoys in their red-shirts and helmets, and their �gallus masheene,� by
14. Sunday. With Mr Hart to Trinity Church. Stained glass
windows. Not at all in critical mood, but the sermon did not please me.
It was clerical conservatism � all to the exaltation, and glorification of �the Church�
� not what the Great Apostle meant by the word, but the veritable institution�.
15. Monday. To Wall Street, � cashed check. Call on Butler. At
work on title for �New York Porcupine � till 10 at night. Hardin Andrews