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letter to the Tribune on pages 186, 7 &c.
The plantation we visited belonged to a
man named Cofield; the Bostonian who rent-
ed it was named Messer, who had been young
Hayes� employer in a Boston store previous
to a burst-up which had cast him on the
world as a speculator. I suspect he was
something of an old rogue; indeed he owed
Hayes $50, which Schell and I incited
the lad to get from him as a loan. Mes-
ser�s son did the hospitalities of the occasion.
After a hungry ride back to New Orleans
we had oyster stews at the depot and a
hearty meal at the Southern Restaurant,
which I partook of in company with Ripley.
Howell off to Baton Rouge again. I
was a good deal with Ripley at this pe-
riod, he being sober. Saw Baker, too, pretty
30. Friday. Writing to the Tribune.
In the evening with Hamilton and A. G. Hills
to a presentation of plate to Col. Thorpe,
involving a neat collation, wines, cigars
and spirits, also songs and speeches.
Tracy and Slack were present. Old Thorpe
showed very well as host, told stories,
gave drunken imitations and what not. Al-
together a jolly time of it. A. C. Hills