Sribbling and Incidentals.
tells me confidentially this day that he
is going to be appointed Lieutenant Colonel
of a negro regiment.
31. Saturday. Scribbling in my room.
A very cold day. Schell at work drawing
in his room. He and A. C. Hills in mine
subsequently, at night, where the latter
proved a nuisance, talking tediously of
his negro regiment, of Tennyson, and of
the Son�s of Malta. He had been Grand
Chancellor or Inquisitor or something of the
kind to one of the lodges of that enormous
and obscene hoax on Freemasonry, and when
ever he was drunk, as happened to be
the case on this occasion, he would repeat
the whole of the ritual of Inauguration.
It was not till 2 1/2 A. M. that I got rid
1. Sunday. Baker came at 6, accord-
ing to appointment, having planned a day�s
idling, which was postponed indefinitely,
as I had to work. Scribbling. With
Ripley to the Custom-House, where I
saw Dennison, collector of the Port and
got the news embodied in the Tribune
letter on page 195. A Texan Col. Hayn[word cut off]