Called at Mrs Jewells � saw Selina. Had to camp
in Leslie�s antechamber to night � my room horribly damp.
5. Friday. To Harper�s with sketches � rejected � eheu!
Bob Gun �moving� this afternoon. In my room awhile, rather drunk.
Seems extremely sensitive as to what�s said of him, expresses great
regret at leaving and declares if it were not for a countryman
of his (Leslie) he wouldn�t go. Asserts that the story of the message
from �his woman� is false � that is really came from a sick, male
friend, now lying ill, likely to die. Says too, this �bit of spite� has
cost him $250, he having squandered or got into debt to that amount,
in a debauch which he rushed into in consequence of the slander.
Seems really to believe this is a sort of retaliation � an evidence of
spirit! �He don�t care � he�d spend any amount rather than he�d
be crowed over &c &c.� With all the absurdity of this, his sensi-
tiveness is a point in his favor. However he went down-stairs and
drank whiskey with Leslie immediately after leaving me. Apropos
of the latter he read out the Herald report of the Patten scandal to
the women, this afternoon. There has been a quiet grin of satis-
faction passing through the house at this affair, though every-
body is disinclined to take a malicious view of it out of re-
gard for the feelings of Mrs Patten. But to detect the man
who had the brutally bad taste to declare over the Sunday
dinner table, in the most violent and offensive language,
that all Englishmen and Europeans generally who came
to this country were theives, runaway convicts &c � to de-
tect this wrong-headed, dogmatic, prejudiced conversational
ruffian as a peculator and official rogue, is provocative
of a laugh. Such a Nemesis, it would require an immense
amount of Christian charity not to enjoy. It�s astonishing
how the man�s manner has excited detestation. Leslie �