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              [manuscript fragment: first page]
much rather have been lord of mine
own cockloft in that free and easy
city, with liberty to smile, to
make my little stove red hot at any
unseasonable hour I chose, and
license to elevate my legs on
the chair or table when I pleased.
	The predominate subject
of conversation and source of
natural interest at that period
did not tend to raise one�s spirits.
It was of course, the Crimean
War and omnipresent.  The papers
contained ponderous editorials

[manuscript fragment: second page]
a damp drizzly night, with
mud thick and slimy on the pave-
ment, the lamps and shopfronts,
cheerlessly reflected in the puddles,
and a dim colored mist blanking
out the dirty distance, and
sat alone, with my feet on
the fender, drawn up close
to the grate, the contents of 
which had been nearly poked out
by my father, before 
he mounted bedwards with the
rest of the family, I was [unclear word]
enough.  Then I yearned for New
York with all my heart and would               
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