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Text for Page 102 [05-15-1851]

              15. Thursday. Brotherhead called for his block which I had finished, paid me a dollar,
but, to Era Office, after an unsuccessful call at Duane Street.    Saw Tom Frank &
Picton, who paid me $25 for the mahogany poster.        After dinner to the Pacific
Bank and got the check cashed; called at Del Vecchio�s saw Davis; and
then to Roberts. Paid him his $15; got paid $5 for Rogerian drawing; then
walked to the post Office, thinking of sketching it to send on to Boston. Evening
with Mr Hart and Dillon, to Canal Street, and subsequently the Battery.
  16. Friday.  Making a sketch of the Post Office, and a few calls.   Afternoon
removing my necessaries from the room to one looking into Robinson Street.  Am to
have it to myself; just room enough for table �tween bed and window. Can have
ventilation though.   Evening to Duane Street, sat awhile with Mr Hart and 
Dillon; then left and to Canal Street.   A letter, and from George Bolton.
Homer Hall and wife having this day arrived went up stairs to them. He [unclear word]
she sitting, and saying but little, at the end of the room.   /   To Franklin Street,
where Mrs Kidder ushered me into a room in which were Albert Brown, Alfred,
the Albany one, and two strangers.  Sate conversing till 11; on books, nation
ality, democracy, vulgarisms and the like.   Mrs Kidder [word crossed out],
talks infinite nothings with a complacency and loquacity marvellous to behold.
Speaking of names, she averred that hers was distasteful to her, excepting that
it was given to Walter Scotts Jewess in Ivanhoe, and from that had a lofty
and noble signification. �Indeed� said she �I think I have a little of the character.�
Heaven help her little wits. Scotts noble heroine!   �Well!� said I �Thackery
has, in later time done his best to counter act that impression. What think
you of Becky Sharpe?�         She drew her-self up, and as if about to
edify all with a profound analysis of the two characters, commenced thus
as if saying down a startlingly original sentiment, in a manner I laugh
even now, in thinking of        �The characters of Rebecca and Becky Sharpe
are essentially different!� �  She had seen Washington Irving, and               
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