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Text for Page 037 [03-20-1855]

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  20.  Tuesday.   By invitation to George Clarke�s in the evening,
where presently arrived Will Waud, Snell, (one of the Danthornian
pupils in the days when Alf Waud visited there,)  Harvey Smith,
engraver on wood, and son to Orrin Smith; and our erect sitting
gentleman whose name I don�t remember.   We smoked, drank
very moderately, talked of art, artists, engravings, the London
News, and the like.    Smith is, but for a slight cast in one
eye, every way suggestive of Leech�s handsome swells in �Punch,�
has a black artistic moustache, and hair ruffled with a careful
carelessness.   Also he assumes a blase, knows everything, been-
through-everything-and-come-out-on-the-other-side air peculiar to his
class of Englishman.   He�s one of the �unattached� wood peckers
of the Illustrated News, and of course knows everybody in that
way.   Leech, he says, dwelt in the house of his father for some
years.    John Timbs is �News� Editor now, Mackay, the good-time-
coming song grinder has gone to the East, there to collect materials for
book-making or correspondence.             We supped, together all, Clarke
having provided a beef steak pie, and broke up about midnight, I
parting with Will Waud and Smith at Trinity Square.
  21.  Wednesday. �Day of Fast and General Humiliation,� � or
so decreed by Government, (this indirectly criminating the Almighty with
the infliction fo disasters consequent on wholesale bungling.)          Wrote
to Hannah.  Then, according to invitation, set off with Charley for
a visit to the Chinners, taking omnibus at Bishopgate, and thus to
Stoke Newington.    It was a cold, sunny day, pleasant too.      They
were hospitable enough, gave us a decent dinner, and port wine, Miss
Chinner talked to Charley, and the old man talked at me.  He ram-               
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