with my companion and dropped in at 745.
Mr and Mrs E., Ann, Jack, Matty and Ha-
ney. Stayed half an hour or so; Haney walk-
ing homewards with me, and, at my suggestion,
to the Optimus for ale.
13. Thursday. Writing. Down-town in the
afternoon; called at F. Leslie�s and the Sun-
day Times offices. Edge came up in the even-
ing; in my room with Boweryem and, part
of the time, Watson. With Edge to �the Store�
for ale subsequently. More talk about my
becoming New York correspondent for the London
�Star.� Something may come of it.
14. Friday. Down town. To Harper�s. Story
being set up. To the Enlisting place of Ser-
rell�s regiment, twice, to see Major Butt,
about getting a chance to go to Port Royal, but
he wasn�t in. Saw Mrs Serrell. Hither and
thither. At Crook and Duff�s found Bellew,
Brightly and Bogart, the engraver, whom I have
not met for some years. Glover there. W.
Waud came in. With Bellew to Haney�s of-
fice and after some dawdling, left him there.
Up town, walking with Wild the cand maker
(who is as big an ass as any I know in New
York.) Streets in their normal winter condition
of filth and misery. Loafing during the after-