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              They tried to put him out I suppose, (for he did�nt recollect anything very distinctly)
and there was a general-fight, all pitching into Holmes.     His wife came down
leaving window open and lamp near it, wind blew curtain & set it on fire.
An alarm of �fire� raised at this & the row, and a posse of firemen blocked
up the street; the watch came, and after more fighting in which Holmes was
bruised considerably they took him off to the City hall cells and locked him up
all night.   Next morning he was fined $10; and all the early part of the day
he had been occupied in removing his goods from Mrs Patersons.   /     To Castle
Garden, got linen, sate and meditated.  I like the old Battery. /     After
supper, crossed to Brooklyn, & called at the Dunsier�s. Mrs D alone within.
Sate an hour or two, then back to New York at about 11.       Out again after
a fire, with room-fellow young Hooper.
  21. Sunday.   Drawing during the forenoon � poster for �Ike Chivvles.�   
Afternoon,
at about 5 to Picton�s at Fourth Street.   Found him and a visitor imbibing coffee
and joined them.   Very soon says Picton �I understand you visit some acquaintances
of mine �.  Mrs Kidder�s!� So they talk together, spicing with scandal pretty
strong.  Picton knew Mrs K well, believed-ahem!   Knew Mrs George Brown,
�Mary Campbell�, knew her as Mrs Bartholomew. �Old man � her guardian,
jealous as the devil; she wasn�t married to him ^|(This I believe to be a lie)|; � going to 
run away with
different young fellows various times!  /   Now men are so careless of character
and willing to believe evil, nought can be attached to such loose scandal; for or
against./   She had brought him her book after the Tribune�s assault � he had
puffed it in �The Leader.�  /     Anon says he, to me.  �So you�ve been
making love to the Goddess of Liberty? �  (This was Miss Margaret Brown
, he had so dubbed her, from her resemblance to french lithograph of
that title, and it really is not at all a bad comparison; � save that
she looks more severe than serene; � lithograph�s the handsomer.)  Says
Picton, �You�ll catch particular h__l if you carry on in that quarter.�               
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