ordinate fondness for beer. (He had sent out for some,
of which they were partaking.) O�Brien came in subsequently.
Met Helmsm�ller in Broadway and drank with him. He com-
plained of the hardness of the times, which affects all who cater for
the amusements of people. In the evening Bellew, O�Brien, Ca-
hill and myself were assembled in Haney�s room � Haney ha-
ving brought the two former to sup with him. All talking, smo-
king and drinking gin-and-water till past midnight, when as the
rain fell in torrents, Haney bunked with Cahill, abandoning his
room to O�Brien and Bellew � the first of whom extemporized
a bed on the floor.
17. Saturday. Down town in the morning, to Haney�s, the Pic,
and the Post-Office. Bellew up to my room. In the evening
to Edwards, whither Cahill and Haney had preceded me.
18. Sunday. A health-ramble to Hoboken with Haney
and Cahill, returning by noon, when they went to Edwards�.
Drawing during the evening, being favored with successive visit-
ors. First O�Brien came up and adjourned to Whelpley�s,
over the way. Then Banks came. He sat himself down on the
bed, as usual; wanted to know whether I�d come out and call
on some agreable fellows of his acquaintance; said he had
lived a very hard life � in the American sense � during the
past year, seldom getting to bed before three o�clock; declared
that Walt Whitman�s book was the greatest production that the
world contained, not at all excepting Shakspere, with regard
to whom he, Banks, was above being humbugged by the common
cant, for if Gifford hadn�t brought him to light, nobody
would ever have heard of the author of Hamlet! He also
spoke of larger literary labor to which he was devoting himself