Watson the engraver and others. There was a larger
circle than on any previous Saturday night, but the
evening was a decided failure. Clique-ism in conversation,
and speeches marred it completely. Dreary punning
in which unfortunate words were [word crossed out] made to run the
gauntlet or be stretched upon the rack, invidious calls
on folks to sing with half malicious intent to deride them,
stupid side-speeches, and dull boozing. There were
too many present, and some who were too self important
to be good humored. A letter from George Bolton.
10 Sunday. Bellew called in the basement.
I writing till evening. Looked in at the Waverly,
but Parton & his wife were out, so to Edwards� &
had a pleasant hour there. Haney present, and we walked
back together. The Arnolds & Yewel visited
me just before going out.
11. Monday. Writing. Evening tried Parton�s.
Out again. A walk and back to writing.
12. Tuesday. Yesterday repeated, with the
addition of a violent diarrhea. Saw Parton, and
then visited Montgomery at Franklin Street. Called
at Abbotts. Have done 9 Chapters of Board-
ing House Physiology.
13. Wednesday. A letter from Mr Greatbatch.
14. Thursday. In doors till 5, then out, called
at Abbotts & Yewell�s, then to Parton�s, there spent
the evening. She �Fanny Fern� talks very freely, telling