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paid his own low expenses.  Also he spake of the �Diamond
Lens� controversy, which turns out disasterously for O�Brien.
Both Merrick, Seymour, Picton & Guernsey depose to having seen
North�s M.S. � the original story.    Picton�s out in a letter to
today�s Times about it.     Apropos of O�B, his last excentricity
consists in walking up Broadway with a gaudily striped umbrella,
such as shops use for signs.     On a former occasion he and a com
panion sold strings of fish and Sunday papers � just as folks
were coming out of church.    They met Guernsey and offered
him some.     They were sober at the time.  O�Brien was drunk
during the umbrella display.   Cahill and Wood saw him.
  28.  Sunday.  To Pounden�s by 1, dined there and stayed
till 6, then to Doestick�s.   Himself, wife and mother within.  The
talk turned on Parton�s �Burr�.   Thomson very denunciatory of
it, and furthermore of the American Revolution, declaring repub-
licanism a failure.   That it is so in this country I thoroughly
believe, but �tis odd to find a Pro-British American.    He
magnified England and the working of its government,
said he was in favor of the ascendancy of�an amiable despot,�
and believed that North and South would fight, that latter getting
tremendously licked.   Furthermore he pitched into the Opera
and Shakspere.     To Parton�s.   Jim suffering from the
Atlantic Monthly, to which he�s written an answer for the Tribune.
Ripley told him that the author of the criticism had been amas-
sing materials for a life of Burr, himself, and that he had
done a brief memoir from Appleton�s Cyclop�dia.   Fanny nar-
rating stories of her school pranks at Miss Catherine Beecher�s,
in Hartford, Conn.  How she had stolen pies nocturnally;
how she, in conjunction with other girls, had made up an abom-               
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