Project about the great Fight.
4. Wednesday. Ledger up awhile. In
doors till 3, trying to draw &c, then out. Met
Parton at Union Square and walked down town
with him, through the rain, which came on heav-
ier after we parted, he to go to the Masons�. To
P.O. &c; met Haney. Writing in the evening
till 12. Irruption from Billington and Morris,
from the former of whom I learnt that Bob Gun
had, during Ledger�s Canadian absence, con-
fided the secret (!) of his vocation to Billington.
He and Morris evidently distrust its� truth and
of course I didn�t enlighten them. Advantage
of placing confidence in any man that gets drunk!
Here�s Haney, Cahill, Morris, Billington and I
all know what at least only one needs to. I sus-
pect Cahill has told Bellew, also.
5. Thursday. Ledger up. Talk of a project
of mine broached sometime back to Boweryem
and Morris, viz, getting up an anticipatory
account of the coming fight for the �championship�
and publishing it, a day or a few hours before
the arrival of the true news. I had conference
with a printer of Boweryem�s acquaintance,
who seemed disposed to go into it, but having
experienced a heavy loss recently, didn�t, so the
thing was dropped. Mentioning it to Ledger, he
liked the notion of simultaneously perpetrating