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              Canal.  In the earlier part of the morning left, at Castle Garden the letter for
Barth, directed to �Mr William Bharf, Horse-spittle Stoohard� &c.    Drawing on
Picton�s portrait during the afternoon; � the former one won�t do, � he swears it�s a libel.
Little Mrs Dob marvellously irate at a letter from Charley. He hath not kept his
word about payment. [words crossed out]
  20. Thursday. Drawing Picton�s portrait, enlarged, all day.  Barth called in
the afternoon.     Evening, Writing a letter to Mary.
  21. Friday.  Called at Park place and at Nassau Street during the early
morning.  Afternoon Dillon Mapother and young Anderson call, and in the evening
Joe.  Drawing, Picton and Rabaelaesian sketches.
  22. Saturday.  Woke after a wretched intermittent-uneasy-dozing night-during
which I had a strange fragment of a dream.  That I was reading Georges Sand�s 
�Consuelo,�
and found this passage in it.  �Have you not heard� said Consuelo �how when
a London brothel is burned to the ground, a strange thing occurs?� �What?� asks
some one.  �When the fire is at its heighth, one resistless, lurid, raging mass: � for
a brief space, are heard all the cries appropriate to the various crimes which have 
occurred
in that house, � the scream of the violated wife, the mammal shriek of the betrayed 
virgin,
the yell of triumphant lust, � and a thousand other cries, all inconceivably horrible; �
so much so that all stand appalled.�       Now I know there�s nothing like this in
Consuelo; � the notions good though, and might be well worked up in a tale of the 
horrible
nature.   /                    A walk with Alf to the Canal Street River, and then to Clarkson
Street, where I called.     Then returned, limbs and head aching, and on getting back
vomited exceedingly.    Lay in bed all day, very sick, unable to do or eat anything.
Alf much the same, having face swelled by toothache.   Very long day, in passing, 
painful
dozing and watching the sunlight outside till nightfall.  Mrs Dob made us gruel. [word 
crossed out]
[words crossed out].  Great ringing of fire bells and noise of engines at night.
  23. Sunday.  Weak and aching, but in minor degree.  A walk to the scenes
of last night fires. Fulton, and Church. Then return, and reading.  In the               
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