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Text for Page 068 [05-13-1855]

on Harvey Orrin Smith, (whom bye the bye I visited on Monday
last, to take his opinion as to the advisability of presenting Alf Waud�s
drawings to the News.)     By omnibus, the three of us to Barnes,
rain falling dismally all the time, we getting on very well in the con-
versational way.     Harvey Smith showed very favourably, said neat
epigrammattic things.    We talked somewhat of Leigh Hunt, with
a son of whose, (now dead,) Smith was a close friend: also of others
of the family.     The daughter, (Whitelaw�s heroine,) he didn�t seem
to like.            At Alloms, found a hearty welcome from the old boy,
Arthur abed, not quite well, and humoring the idea, Miss Amy
as wont, and presently a Miss Sampson, (niece to Allom.)  Our
advent was a bit of a surprise, only Orrin being expected as a certainty,
but much mirth was got out of this circumstance, and all went mer-
rily.   We lunched, smoked, turned over Punch vols, cut jokes, tal-
ked of things in general, and nothing in particular, had a good din-
ner (including a capital curry,)  and a genial glass of wine or so.
A hearty old man is Allom, and �tis just the pleasantest house
I know in, or near to, London.     Every one present blended
easily into the current of mirthful talk, with perhaps the excep-
tion of Miss Sampson; of whom, I may say, I was not aware
of her being the girl with whom Alf Waud had a bit of a love
affair, at the time when he first came to New York, till, in the
course of the evening, Miss Allom mentioned it to me.   She, Miss
Sampson wasn�t pretty, but appeared amiable, domesticated.     Miss
Amy said that her cousin�s relatives, (the mama) had supervised the
letter she wrote to Alf, (which being rather frigid riled Alf into cut-
ting the business.   He said she was a �cat� and didn�t write any               
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