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Text for Page 023 [11-28-1858]

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  29.  Monday.  Writing, then down town to Post
Office.    Afternoon reading & writing.   Cahill up for a
minute or so at night, for Haney, they going together
to Edwards.�     Haney met J. G. Saxe, at Parton�s yes-
terday and has much to say of him.     He appears a jolly
fellow, has a good opinion of his own writings which doesn�t
show offensively, makes jokes and smokes a meerschamm.
He told the folks a good deal about the Boston literati, es-
pecially Holmes.   Says he�s fond of money, aristocratic, fas-
tidious, exclusive, bestows the utmost care upon his productions,
polishing them to the last degree, insomuch that his publishers
have had to hook em from him into print.      He believes strongly
in �blood� and married an ugly woman on the strength of her
descent from the Pilgrim Fathers.  (She�s his second wife �
this I had from Hitchings.)    He talks as brilliantly as he
writes and much in the same manner, belongs to a �Mu-
tual Admiration Society � an exclusive on � but �don�t pay
his subscription� � that is his share of admiration.  He
doesn�t visit much or promise other folks writings loosely.
Lowell, Saxe thinks something of a snob � says he
affects a disdain of all American criticism and that he
refused, very cavalierly, to lecture before �a missed assemblage,�
on an invitation which any man might have been proud
of.   He admits his merit. (By Jove, he could hardly deny
it � the author of the �Bigelow papers� is a good deal ahead
of that of �Miss Mc Bride�� Saxe�s best.       Of course one
must receive these particulars with the usual grain, or ra-
ther lump of salt.      Saxe may be a very good fellow, but               
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