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Text for Page 215 [05-20-1860]

             �The American Tennyson�!
is apt to contradict to express himself too in-
cisively not to, create enemies.    He dislikes
the Clapp clique, talks curt condemnation
of Doestickism and has pitched into Fanny
Fern in print, being provoked to it by a bit
of her literary smut.x   This when he edited a
country newspaper; of course she responded.
He had a project during the John Brown row
of seizing Governor Wise of Virginia and bringing
him secretly to New York, confining him in
a cellar and holding his life as a hostage for
the safety of Osawattomie�s.     Stedman�s
ballad on the subject of Brown�s raid is a 
very fine one; it brought him eulogism from
Elizabeth Barret Browning at Florence.   She
knows his parents, he says.    In the after-
noon Boweryem and I went to Sugar Loaf
hill, an elevation commanding a good view
of the adjoining country.     There we lay in the
wind and sunshine for two good hours.         Re-
turn to the house and more loafing.           Bow-
eryem had talked a good deal in Bleecker
street about a �Pair of Beautiful Eyes� that
were visible at the �Phalanx,� telling Morris
(who was to have been of our party, but didn�t
turn up in time) that he must not make love
to them under peril of assassination.   As we
	x Being himself a seducer, adulterer and libertine.               
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