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be kissed and cried over, ascended, finding him surrounded by
his mother, sisters &c.        Anon all to dinner, forming a pretty
large family party, some fifteen in number, Jack�s young lady
and myself being the only non-members of it.   Boutcher was, of
course the hero of the scene.   He sat at his mothers� left hand, I
beside him.  Wine pledging, Assyrian anecdotes, sisterly comments
on his appearance, and cigars on the ladies� retiring.     Friends of the
family dropping in, among others a hearty doctor whom I seem to recol-
lect years ago.     Jack Boutcher saying vulgar nothings, and his
girl admiring them.   William is just as bold, blunt and downright
as of yore, thorough in every thing, and everyway the better for
his knowledge of the great world.     /       I stayed till midnight,
then off.
  4.  Monday.   To Saint Martins le Grand by 10, then
with Boutcher to George Clarke�s, who was as surprised as plea-
sed to see him.   Twas the final day for sending in the Cemetery
plans, so we turned to, and helped George a little, in the hope
of getting him off to dine with us.    His friend came.    Boutcher
over to Deane�s awhile, on the other side of the street.   I called 
for him, then off to our place to dinner.  George Clarke joined
us in the evening.
  5.  Tuesday.  To Great James Street, and with Boutcher
and Deane to the Academy Exhibition, which was pretty well
thronged.   Not very many of the pictures were above average merit.
Mellon�s much-talked of Fireman picture, �the Rescue,� ought not
to win indiscriminate praise, good as �tis.     The face of the
mother receiving the rescued children is too quiescent, there�s no               
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