till the afternoon. Called on Blakeman. Wri-
ting at night.
22. Wednesday. Down town, to Constellation Office.
Park Benjamin there & Roberts, lot of people in front of the
counter, carts outside, carpenters, painters and composi-
tors at work. In the sanctum. Roberts too busy to �make
an arrangement,� old Benjamin talkative as usual. Asked
if I�d done editorial on the N. Y. stage � and on my men-
tioning that I was going to hear Holmes lecture proposed
my reporting it, wrote note &c. Back and to work wri-
ting till evening, then to Clinton Hal. House pretty full
half an hour ahead. Got in front, subsequently moving
into reportorial quarters � only one other there. Holmes is
not at all a distinguished looking man, smallish, prim,
thoughtful and very Bostonian � Bellew whom I met sub-
sequent to the lecture characterized his physiognomy as that
of a �mean-looking Emerson.� It�s painful to write it, but
�the Autocrat� really looked something like the Professor �
our Professor � Mrs Potter�s Professor. The lecture was
admirable throughout � more of deep thought than humor.
As I jotted three fourths of it down, I shan�t repeat the
labor here. Holmes came up to us at the conclusion, giving
me a printed synopsis of his lecture, scissored from a
newspaper. Noyes of the Knickerbocker was there, also
young Wood, Bellew�s new editor � not Frank Leslie�s Wood.
Back blazing away at editorial, finishing it by 12 or
22. Thursday. To Benjamin�s, read editorial to him,