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Text for Page 119 [04-06-1862]

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		A Lodging in
the house should be occupied exclusively as an
hospital.           Hendricks had been already expel-
led and was scribbling industriously, in the shade
of the house, seated on some planks.  It was a
lovely, sunny morning.      Took an observation and
found a small shanty to the left of the house,
from which my Tribune letter is dated.    Here
I went to work and scribbled till 4. A. M. with
but little interruption.    Willington looked in once.
The soldiers gave me a bit of turkey, which with
a couple of pieces of corn-bread, secreted from break-
fast, served as a dinner.            Presently the musi-
cal instruments &c were cleared out of the shanty
and I had to move.       The young fellow who had
taken care of my horse, Frank Amesbury, sug-
gested that I should occupy the attic of a negro
house in the rear, which I, no more than he,
then knew to be illustrious as the Headquarters
of Gen. Lafayette, before the Battle of Yorktown.
But the suggestion was good, and after I had
got a meal from the negroes (at their house to
the right of the big one) I ascended the ricketty
staircase of the shanty exhibited in the photo-
graphs on the opposite page.  The upper room
to the right looked cheerless enough, it was dark
and dirty and full of musical instruments, and
between the tottering brick chimney (which might have
been thrown down, outwards, by a vigorous run and               
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