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Text for Page 071 [06-19-1862]

                     Port Royal, again.
    19.  Thursday.  Up early and a wash all
over.  Breakfast, broken by Babcock (who had
slept elsewhere) and who rushed in with the
news that the Honduras was just starting for
Hilton Head, only waiting for us.  So we ran
off and got aboard.  Scribbling all the way.
At Port Royal again: with Babcock to the
asistant-adjutant-general�s office, where
Halpine received me very hospitably.  Introdu-
ced by him to Lieut.  Stockton, a nephew of
the wife of Gen. Hunter, and a very gentleman-
ly young fellow.  Drinking claret punch in
the coolest of undress, in Halpine�s back-of-
fice, and writing my letter to the Tribune, being
favored with all the documents that had come
to hand about the James Island affair, inclu-
ding a lively letter from a young officer who
had been a witness of it.  Congratulated
myself on my position, as contrasted with re-
porting in Virginia.  Presently invited to vist
Gen. Hunter and had three-quarters of an
hour�s interview with him, his wife being pre-
sent.  It was pleasant this, sitting in a
comfortable parlor, the clean piazza outside,
the sentinel walking up and down, the blazing
South Carolina sun, and the glorious dash
of waves outside.  Our paper had always               
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