expressed a general desire to lick all the men about the establishment. / Talk of
humors of revenge, previous to Holmes leaving to have a farewell evening party, Barth
to bring fifer, drummer & trumpeter from the Island, a concert vocal, instrument-
tal and nocturnal, songs with row-de-dow choruses and accompanyments.
Holmes says he�ll do it. Wilkins came, and we three schoolfellows talk to-
gether. Left at 12, and with Barth to Beekman Street, (to the house where
Alf Waud once put up at;) we having ascertained that A Mr Guthrie was abiding
there. But [word crossed out] it proved to be another man ^|and| wherefore I [word
crossed out] fear we
shan�t find out our old schoolmaster. Wilkins, careless dog! never cared to take
his address. Somewhere in Beekman Street, that�s all. Speered about to no effect.
Ale together, then saw Barth to the Brooklyn side, & returned to dinner.
Drew all the afternoon. Evening to Mrs Kidders. She and Jane Gibson there,
the latter very sick, and soon left for another room. Talk with Mrs K, she
relating how Lotty was projecting going South, to Georgia, and then out with �friends�
to decide. Of her nurture and nature, and of Mrs K�s early history, self-told.
Wedded at 15, man well to-do, fooled away his money, got low, bad, degraded
tastes, separation, divorce, Mrs K self-maintaining. Lotty first at school, then un-
der an uncle�s guardianship, (the one where Charles Brown visited her;) � then
recently, by her own will returned to her mother. Antagonistic, listened to talk
against her mother by the father�s relatives; wanted more money than her mother
could spare her; dress &c, in a word ambitious; � therefore she would go
South. God knows what feelings there may be between the mother & daughter, but
the anticipated indefinite parting sits lightly enough it would seem. Mrs K talks
about it elaborately to any body. / Pope came � nothing in him. Another
came. / Saw Lotty on leaving, (as I passed down the staircase,) tete a tete
with Pope. She looked sulky and called me �Sir!� the result of my telling
her last time that she oughn�t to lay her head on Mason�s lap publicly.
Gave me written out song I�d asked for, whereon I gave curt thanks & left.