in failure and punishment. The Queen, whom respectable Poritons
delight to descant upon as a virtuous wife and mother, gives him the
garter, buckles it on his leg, he to whom the brothels of New York, and
the slums of London are familiar ! What an Historic Tableau �
Right Divine decorating Parvenue Unscrupulousness, crime and perjury Shakspere�s
�tickling Commodity� standing broker between them!|
/ To Sam�s in the evening, where were Heath and his wife.
17. Tuesday. Turning out in the evening, met Waud at the
gate. Bit of a walk together, then to George Clarke�s where we stayed
till 9, then to our house to supper. (Wilkins had been there.)
Will Waud stayed with us the night, sharing my bed.
18. Wednesday. Loafing about in the garden, Will Waud abet-
ting, talking to my sisters &c, subsequently to George Clarke�s. Waud
off, I back to dinner. Evening to the �Sun� tavern in Ludgate Hill,
there to meet Wilkins and one Cockshaw, a friend of his, with whom
we had a bottle of sherry. Preparations for the Emperor�s city visit on
the morrow, �breaks� being put up, to check the press of people, as they use
to do, at a public execution. Had a letter from Hannah to-day.
(Wrote to her yesterday.)
19. Thursday. Met Sam and Minnie in the Walworth Road,
bent on going City wards, to see the Emperor. So joined them, and
over Waterloo Bridge eastwards, to Temple bar. Windows and housetops
crowded, people filling shop fronts, on raised stands, and vehicles. The
ugly churches islanding the Strand by Somerset House and farther on had
pendant spectators on its rails and lower windows. And a very ill washed
shabby, grimy, insulting, jocular humored mob is an English one, nor have
its component parts the aptitude for �excitement� a Yankee crowd possesses.
Had every bit of blasphemy or ribaldry provoked by my offending beard been