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Text for Page 017 [06-30-1856]

�Ruth Hall�,  is a light haired, dogmatic, conceited
man, addicted to talking in a damnably opinionative
man.    Walt Whitman is six feet high, nearer
forty than thirty, I should say, very much sun-
burned and rough handed.        He is broad in propor-
tion to his height, has a short, partially gray beard
and moustache, and a neck as brown as a berry.
His face is very manly and placid.       He wears a
wide brimmed low crowned felt hat, a rough, loose
coat, striped shirt (with perceptible red flannel one
under it,)   no vest,  loose short pants, and big
thick boots.           Thus accoutered I find him lounging
on the sofa beside Fanny Fern, his legs reposing
on a stool or chair.     She is, as usual, very brightly
dressed, never in precisely the same costume as the
one you last look on.         Parton seated in an
arm chair, in short, brown, loose in-doors coat, white
pants and low shiny shoes, listens, leaning forwards
to Walt�s talk.        Parton has a thin face, sallow 
complexion, acquiline nose and darkish hair, which
he wears rather long.   One of his eyes, too, has a
peculiar expression which I take to be partly wall, partly
strabismus.            He looks a student.         Dyer will
probably be sitting �tother side of Fanny, perhaps
with his arm resting on the sofa behind her.       In
the rear, Fanny�s elder daughter Grace (Eldridge)
will be reading.   She is a tall, fair haired girl
of 16 or so, with an innocentish face, � very fond               
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