Lotty in my Attic.
Haney to the girls and I to him (dating from
the Tombs!) about my getting arrested on board
the Great Eastern, for stealing things and being
brought to the city in irons � Haney, F. Leslie
and Dixon combining to bail me out.
2. Thursday. To Harper�s early. McLenan
there and Du Chaillu, the African traveller and
discoverer of gorillas. A thin, little, shrewd-looking
Frenchman. Saw Bonner, read proof, got pay.
Newman came, fussy as usual. Called at
Frank Leslie�s, who had not yet returned to the
city, then home and to scribbling. Wrote
all the afternoon and evening till midnight; long
account of excursion. As I sat at work in
the hot, quiet, afternoon, door and window wide
open, nobody in the three other attics, myself in
shirt-sleeves and trousers, blazing away writing,
I was surprised by �� Lotty!x I turned and
saw her suddenly at my elbow, looking espe-
cially brilliant and pretty. She had come with
Julia Martin, about board for the latter, which
Mrs Boley hadn�t been able to effect. Lotty
stayed about ten minutes.
3. Friday. Chores and drawings � five sket-
ches in illustration of article � out once or twice, up
and down town, to washerwoman and elsewhere,
getting tired out by 3. Doze, packing carpet bag,
x It was her birthday. She is 25.