time� � �satisfied with the idea of the money he could make
if he chose� Writes Alf: �I perceive in Frank Leslie�s
one of those unpleasant caricatures which Sol makes x x also
several attempts at idealizing himself in illustrations of
the Christmas poem. Sol must be rapidly getting a very
heavy personage.� The former is true enough. Sol always does
idealize himself in his serious drawings. / The engraver
Watson � Allie Vernon�s former �protector��is in Boston now.
In doors all day. Rain, mud and misery without.
31. Thursday. Talking with Mrs Church, I learn that
it is dubious whether the Kentucky lady seduced by her rascally hus
band committed suicide. She gave birth to a child, which she com
mitted to negroes, and may have died in child-birth. / Down
town in the morning, to Leslie�s, Pic Office &c. Afternoon, wor-
king. Called at Jewell�s at night; returning, in Leslie�s
room, where he and a Dr Norval were playing euchre,
anon in Haney�s. A calm, mild, light night,
succeeding a windy day, in the afternoon of which was a
violent five-minutes storm. Looking out from my
window � the old year is dead, and this entry an anach-
ronism � the city would seem unusually quiet, but for the
poppings and banging of pistols and fire-arms with which
fools are profaning a solemn event. Some Americans would
celebrate the Day of Judgment by letting of pistols.