he can�t help knowing that Holmes and Lowell
are far above him � and he mayn�t be able to digest
this. Saxe has engagements to lecture for months ahead
� possibly to read that bosh I heard �tother night. His
�Sonnet to a Clam� & �Miss Mac Bride� are the only
things of merit of his that I know. You always think
of Hood in comparison with him, and then he�s nowhere.
30. Tuesday. Writing, essay in �Autocrat� till
sunset, when I couldn�t stop in doors any longer, as
the day died so gloriously. Rushed up the 5th Avenue,
back through Broadway. Writing again at night.
1. Wednesday. Writing as yesterday, then a
rush down town as far as Reade St. I have finish-
ed article, am not satisfied with it and shall write
it over again. It is too labored. I was horridly
nervous and anxious over it. Must try again and
am sure I can lighten it, and better it tenfold. I�m
hard-up and out of sorts. Oh Lord! to be clear
of necessity for six months that I might devote my-
self entirely to �Paul Gower� � I would make that
a hit. Have been plotting on it for, at least, eight years.
2. Thursday. Down town to Pic Office and
Sunday Times. Du Solle not within. (I�ve a story
to take to him.) Filthy day, rain, mud, misery,