back part of the way with me. By Alf�s letter, I learn Brown borrows
money of him.
22. Thursday. Drawing all day, a glorious summer one; till evening. Called
at Duane Street, and a walk on the Battery. Getting back to Robinson Street about
11, while undressing, and after a thunder storm; streams of rain, wide, deep,
broad lightning glare, and thunder so deep and dread that once did I start up aghast
thinking a house near had fallen, struck by the levin bolt . And midst all of this the
fire bells toll out, and the angry reflection, now paling, now waxing lurid through
the rain-draft proclaim a terrible fire, and near. So did it prove � a factory in
Duane, on the east side of Broadway was destroyed.
23. Friday. Drawing �Castle Williams� on wood all day, all alone; as I sit
now in the evening. Wrote a letter to Alf Waud, and one to Gleason, to accom
pany the block tomorrow. Hope he�ll have it. I think it looks first-rate.
24 Saturday. Out, with the two oil paintings under my arm; first to
Duane Street, then to Roberts; then to �Era Office�, pictures greatly glorified.
Picton suggests where to Raffle �em, and volunteers the detail. Thence to Atlas Office,
more exhibiting. Southworth, �John Smith Junior� writeth a paragraph about them for
to morrows �Atlas.� To Picayune-Dyspepsia Office, where I saw Woodworth. To
Butlers; � a job to do. To the Express Office, where I sent the block on to Boston.
To Post Office. Butlers again. After dinner, drew on wood; the job complete, with
it to Butlers. Calls again, �Pic,� bookstore in Nassaw, Genins, old
Greeleys and Strongs. Got job of drawing larger picture on wood, for a forthcoming
New York Illustrated News; the which Strongs projecting, and calculates to lick the
Boston paper. Saw the title. After supper to Canal Street. Homer Hall
queer, with head bandaged and physic taking; wife nursing him. To Picton�s residence
leaving the big Era Volume whilome borrowed. Then to 12th Street, as invited
by Brotherhead, whom I saw at Bobbett & Edmonds in the afternoon. There till
11, fumigating, moderately imbibing with him, and a young Englishman, an