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We talked a little of Alf, more of Will, and of the family gen-
erally.     She spake of her mother going to a ball, and her father
disliking the �attentions� paid to her, by a gentleman.   Alf he
speaks not at all of.               I can recognize the family likeness
between Alf and his sister.    Her nose is bold and handsome,
she has a good color, and a decided way of her own, which would
be blunt in a man.  She has thick, fine hair growing on either
side of the forehead, and very bright eyes.     She wore a light, white,
silk bonnet, black mantle, lilac dress and, (on this occasion,) not
the creaking shoes, but pretty cloth boots.     She is short in stature.
We parted near Vassal Terrace, she saying she was glad she had
decieved her mother in the matter of inviting me.     T�was a lovely
spring day, warm withal.     I got an omnibus top, journeyed to
Fleet Street, thence called at George Clarke�s, anon, home.
  23.  Wednesday.   With William Bolton to Greenwich, by
water, the day being a bright, pleasant one.  We walked through
the Park to Blockheath, calling at Vanbrugh Castle, an oldish
building, with ivy hiding the summit of one of its round towers. It
is a ladies� school, and William�s business was to call on a Miss
Adelaide Manning, governess there.     With her, (she was a
darkish complexioned young lady, with rather angular eyebrows,
perhaps six and twenty,) we returned by rail to London; and
I, leaving them to proceed to the Sydenham Palace returned home.
There I found George, John, and Dick Bolton, having come
up for a day�s excursion.     Richard is tallish, thin, with black
curling hair; of a very nervous temperament, his hand shaking
excessively.     He is the most gentlemanly-looking one of the family.               
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