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Text for Page 232 [02-17-1862]

  17.  Monday.   Down town in omnibus, the
city all excitement with the news of the capture of
Fort Donelson on the Tenessee River with 15,000
Southern soldiers and three of their generals.
Crowds about the newspaper offices, newsboys
making a harvest, talk everywhere.           I heard
the story�s details at Harpers�, from Fletcher and
Bonner, and we had a bit of talk thereon.      Re-
commending Bonner to read Thackeray�s last
�Roundabout Paper� in the Cornhill, entitled On
�Half a Loaf,� and telling what it touched on,
�Aha!� said he, �about my article; �adding that
it was by his suggestion that the Herald had advo-
cated the repudiation of American debts to England,
in case of war.     �They shall have some more of
it,� said he, with denunciation of the English
press and people.   I said that England had
acted fairly to this country throughout and that
repudiation was d____d swindling.    Fletcher Har-
per thought Mr Gunn was right in the first
proposition; I don�t think he expressed an
opinion about the latter.   Bonner took my re-
marks without resentment.           Read proof of
Missouri story, got $22.50; left.                    To
the Evening Post office � the street in front
crowded with people, reading the posters.    Saw
Godwin, Maverick and Williams; got a letter               
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