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              letter-press matter description, the which he desireth me to furnish.   To the Battery,
and there a tranquil walk, as the setting sun cast long deep shades over the trash
bright greensward; the river smoothe and lakelike,  and a rippleless sky as company.
Meditatively and projectfully happy awhile.     Supper over; to Mrs Kidders, where
I found mother & daughter with a [word crossed out], bearded & moustached, Anglo 
Jamaica,
West Indian yclept Cooper; and ere long Pope came. Lotty played and sang
to us sans ceasing for a good hour.  She has a voice sweet and rich in lower
notes, of poorer, but ill regulated, in the upper.  But the song and face of the 
singer, in memory cannot be separated, her eyes light up, her cheek glows, and
smiles, and she feels and enjoys so intensely; one admires her till the heart aches
with sympathy and interest.     She sang, to my asking old songs over again, with rich
buoyant downright will to please withal.   I told her that did she have a husband
splenetic or angered, to bid him sit beside her & sing to him.  Ah! Little
kens she there be many when the domestic devil will not quiet for her sweet smile
and voice!     I marvel how can she be so impulsive & natural, within such
�home�.   Such queer na�ve things does she � in mid of song, �Come sit thee
down my bonny, bonny lass� � to wit, when at a part anent
					�� The daring far
				Clings to the shattered mast!��
Up she leapt, with an exclamation, clapped her two palms together and smashed
an attentive musquito, to our overwhelming astonishment & laughter.     Finally
out she went, accompanying the Stewart, who had called during the singing.
We talk awhile with Mrs K, then adjourn, meeting Lotty & her, for the present,
cavalier, again, on their return; and to a Billiard Saloon, where Pope & Cooper
play, and where I left the.     All the even had Mason been there, in an
inner room, with Jane Gibson for company.
  28. Thursday.  To Peck Ship, where after an hours waiting came Mr
Mansfield, (till yesterday a fellow boarder here,)   and with whom I had agreed               
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