The St. Charles Rotunda.
the Delta Office, where I found Hamilton
Tracy entered. A debate about the war and
the probable end of it. A clammy, hot day
with a heavy shower of rain or two. To the
hotel with Hamilton. Met Ripley. Up stairs.
in Howell�s room and Dr Crane�s. With
the latter to the Richelieu restaurant in Cus-
tom-House Street, to dinner. Returning met
Ripley. To the hotel. In Howell�s room,
where he, Schell and Ripley played euchre
and I read an old Christmas number of All
the Year Round. Supped at dusk with
Howell at Wibel�s. Anon loafing in the Ro-
tunda. Most of the fellows off to the French
opera to see �Le Dragon de Villars.� Talked
with one Boynton who had spoken to me yes-
terday; he had boarded at Mrs Boley�s
where I didn�t remember him very particular-
ly; is now engineer on the U. S. gun-boat
Winona, to which he gave me an invitation.
Talked with Noyes, too, often Knickerbocker
&c, whom I had met at Fortress Monroe
here, with hundreds like him, as a cotton-
and-sugar-buying speculator. Talk with
a Capt. Smalley, once of the Owasco, who
wants to go home. Reading awhile in rotun-
da; to room, scribbling diary, and bed.