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tensive and promiscuous acquaintance with
the other sex and shrewdly observes the immense dif-
ference of popular impressions with respect to a certain
class of them with hard facts.       He says if he get
married he shall make no disguise of his past life.
He possesses power of reticence, and is one of the compa-
ratively few men � especially young men � who can bring
what they know and observe to bear upon their actual
conduct in life.       He is free-handed, saves no money,
goes on sprees of three or four days together, talks
openly of it.          His writings are pleasantish, sometimes
shrewd, much of his poetry pretty; but indicating
no great promise of work of higher mark.     Indeed
pitched into the cess-pool of weekly journalism and
bedeviled with bursts of dissipation I doubt if his ca-
reer can be upwards.   I don�t think he is really
very much in earnest about anything.   He has closed
the hatches down on light streaming from above and
seems content to let the passion and interest take the
helm, though they steer to the devil.      Now he half-
edits the N.Y. Mercury, writes a column or two of corres-
pondence, besides outside ventures.   Earns a good deal
of money at times.                Evening, finding my bed
still in the centre of the newly-white washed bare room,
turned out & went to 16th St.    Miss Cooper and
Mrs Pounden (who has returned to Mrs Potter)  sitting
together in a sort of landing place, Mrs Gouverneur in
her adjoining room with �a bean.�   Upstairs to Haney�s               
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