Hall returned from Genessee, with the news that his father and Cross would
follow. Sate with us the remainder of the day.
17. Thursday. At work on the mahogany block and �Era�s� poster all the
livelong day. Rain out o�doors. Alf gilding the frames for Mrs Dob�s
picture, and Homer Hall mostly with us, reading Boccace . Evening, he
and Mason in our room, also Davis the sailor turned Gilder, whom I
and Alf visited in Brooklyn. He helping Alf till 11.
18. Friday. Mahogany block and poster, and rain all day.
19. Saturday. The same every whit. Alf unable to finish his work,
defers going �till Monday.�
20. Sunday. Still rain and in-doors. A rhyming letter sent to Hall
Senior at Genessee, suggesting the transmission of a cider barrel. Fred and Edward
called in the afternoon. Evening sitting in the kitchen listening to snake stories
chiefly told by Homer Hall. He is a hard headed independant fellow, has been
engineer on Lake Michigan boats, driven a locomotive on a railroad, a travelling
daguerrotypist, dealt in horses, farmed and what not. Has been in every state
in the Union, save the new ones on the Pacific.
21. Monday. Down town spite of wet, to Roberts, where I got the block
containing Picton�s portrait, engraved. Took it, and the big mahogany drawing for
poster to the �Era� Office, saw Tom Frank and left. To Wells and Webbs for
blocks, then returning to Canal along the North River. An atmosphere of mud
damp and drizzle. Drawing the rest of the afternoon for Alf. He in a
devil of a hurry, yet to no purpose, as he could not get the multiplicity of things
done in time. Evening sitting imbibing a moderate quencher in the parlor with
Homer Hall and Alf.
22. Tuesday. Down town, it being a glorious sunny, breezy day.
To the Era Office. Picton not there, but learnt he was well content with the
portrait. Return up Broadway, dandies and pretty women out in force.