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Text for Page 185 [09-21-1851]

              Then they talk about Mount, her elderly admirer & turn him inside out;
Picton grinning at the phrase I applied to him �elaborately complimentary.� 
[word crossed out] I negatived, on my own part all equivocalities about Mrs K &c 
�Doctor� left.  Out with Picton.  Kentucky hall imbibition; stayed a few minutes
at Varick Street, while he spake with his mistress, � good looking woman as far
as I could se; � he says he�s three children by her.     Then to Broadway
& at his proposal called at Mrs Kidders.     Masculine visitor there. General talk.
Picton shows well in conversation./  Learnt of Mrs K of Lotty�s departure.
Some twenty or more to see her off � the Wards, the Stewarts, the Coppers &c; �
Mason was the only one she manifested emotion at parting with. Quaint little rou�
he must have some good in him, to produce feeling in her!  Perchance though �tis
in her own bestowal of imaginary something ^|in him|.    Well she�s off Cape Hatteras by
this, � queer little female Gil Blas as she is, setting forth to push her way in the
world; Southern admirers in plenty &c all in perspective; money &c; � yet
^|unless| her mind & impulses are brought under control she Can Not be happy.
Farewell, you bright eyed, black haired, white shouldered, wilful, pettish
frank, earnest, unfilial, beautiful Lotty Kidder!  I wonder when you�ll
come on the stage again, and if so, When and in what part?     Somehow
though I loved to hear you sing, and to look at you, I�m not sorry you
are gone.  It grieved and worried me (� what the devil had I to do with it
though!)  to see the drove of asses about you, to mark your�e inconsistencies,
& to know you liked to listen to the bray of these same asses.     May you
be happier than I fear you ever will be!         /                  Talk, general &
particular, Mrs K & Picton on the �Mary Campbell� book of poems.  /    Picton
a man peculiar to this age and (I think) country.     His creed is to fight the
world on one�s own hook, and be utterly sans veneration or belief.   Home
feelings or affections he would profess not to believe in. He likes the un-
pleasantly shown, rude freedom of manners manifested by children here; �               
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