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Text for Page 061 [03-10-1851]

              I said nothing, but lay thinking a long time.
  ^|10|. Monday.  A bell ringing at about six aroused us.  So after
lavation and dressing we had breakfast in an adjoining kitchen, with
three soldiers in blue jackets and pants.     Then, Barth having little
[word crossed out] various duties to perform I issued forth and strolled around the margin
of the little island.   A fresh breezy day, the snow lying thick and crisp
on the ground and the sun out.   Staten Island all snow crowned, the
sails of the vessels down the Narrows and a most picturesque view of New
York, the Battery with clustering masts of ships on right and left; busy
Brooklyn, and little Jersey.     Stood in front of the Fort Williams, on the
esplanade, with portholes and grinning painted common mouths behind,
gazing, re constructing the scene ere Hendrick Hudsons Half Moon fist[first]
voyaged hither, imagining the tall trees and underwood, and leafy verdure
clothing these banks then, the wild birds, the sunlight as gay then, the
great wild continent with its red inhabitants all unconscious of their destiny
and of the wise, wicked, great, restless, glorious race that was surely and
slowly to �improve them from the face of the earth.�     And other and more
personal thoughts were mine.           Returned, after gazing at the common with
gaping blatant, dumb cruel mouths, and snow on their coverings; and ere
long crossed to Brooklyn with Barth, in a boat with a sail.  From thence
to New York and Canal Street, where he stayed an hour and then
departed with Rabelais and Tristram Shandy.    /        Alf Waud not
well.     /     In obedience to a requisition conveyed yesterday by the boy Ander-
son, after dinner I went to Park Place.  It was to put a drawing of
a church in color.  Engaged in it all the afternoon, Anderson conversing 
sometimes of Madeira, and the pleasures of existence in that island;
and sometimes of the anticipatory decision of the President respecting the Cap-
itol Plans.    He evidently doubts success. [words crossed out]  I               
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