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              then Picton leaving us.  Mr Hart telleth how that it is probable I can have
some $15 per week  for drawings maps on stone.  At Duane Street. Ar-
ranged to go to Jersey City with him in the evening.  Afternoon reading the
batch of home letters.  Great number of folks up at our place in consequence
of the Exhibition.  Old Mr Bennett, (nearly 90) among the number.  Master
Jack Bridgmon in practice in London.   Wrote myself.   Evening with Mr
Hart & Dillon to Jersey City.  Saw the Mr Bevan, (name of good
men, as �tis that of Dicken�s model American;) and arranged that when
needed I�d make an essay.   Return to City, talk in Holt�s doorstep
and back.
  16.  Saturday. To the Post Office & Strongs.  Sent letter for home. Met
Mr Alcock, in crossing the Park, he about to sail for England by this day�s
�Pacific�.  To Duane Street, and with Mr Hart & Dillon  crossed to
Hoboken, devouring peaches by the way under the hot sunlight.  Arrived
there, after some little perspiring perambulations we found the flying 
machine.    Inclosed by a square of palisading, it lay all alone, save
for two visitors who let us in.   A canvass contructed, sharp nosed, sharp 
sterned-aerial-boat, with a little steam engine within, wherewith to work
great screw like fans (which lay in an outbuilding,)   A balloon attached to it
was to be the sustaining power.  But the whole thing had the air of aban-
donment, rents appeared on the unpainted canvass, & general look of un-new
ness about it.  The projector, one Rapjohn, a watchmaker, had been com-
pelled by want of money to abandon the thing for a space.       I don�t ask.
that when the thing is done, (as no question but it will be) �twill be found
marvellously simple in operation.       Left Mr Hart in the Elysian Fields,
and a long walk with Dillon ending in a bathe, in defiance of rocks lacera-
ting our feet.   Back to New York, all together.  Afternoon reading
& scribbling.  Evening to the Battery for linen � then a call at Frank-               
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