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Text for Page 031 [02-27-1855]

  27.  Tuesday.  Within doors all day.  As invited, Mrs Barth came
to dinner, and stayed till mid-evening.     I dislike her the more, with
each interview; and have not patience or temper to put down all the
pretences, flummories, flowerynesses, and affectations she vented;
commencing first with stating that she was �very angry� with William,
(that he had not written,) three minutes afterwards forgetting that r�le,
and asserting �she was haunted by a presentiment that he was ill.�  She
still does the affectionate dodge and looks forward to seeing him, (knowing
he will have no chance of coming.)       Also talked much of Spiritual
Manifestations, Judge Edmonds, and a recently defunct child of the Nor-
man family, (whom she professed to have heard rolling spectral marbles
down a staircase, subsequently to the child�s decease.)     I see which
way the current runs.    Her husband, the shifty, dextrous little quack
is �going in� for the �Spiritual� business, feeling his way in Aristocratic
soft skulls, and will come out full blown ere long; they already talk
of a place in Regent Street.     Mrs Barth also spoke maternally
about the illness of her young boy, � subsequently letting out that he
made �coffee� and �her breakfast � bringing it to her, in the morning, and
that she �quite missed him�!                        She was a better and a happier
woman years ago, when poorer.   She has �no time� to read now, (or
to visit her daughters,) sits in state, and receives the mesmeric dupes,
previous to their �seeing Mr Barth.                     Miss Kemp is mar-
ried, at Sidney, Australia, to a widower, with children.
  28. Wednesday.   Met Charley by appointment at Trafalgar
Square, thence to the adjacent Photographic Exhibition, where was
a fine show of pictures.     By 1, through the mud and close rain
to Regent Street, Edwards & Jones, where subsequently I took omnibus               
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