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Text for Page 094 [07-03-1862]

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             The  � Fourth of July �  at
office at the end of the pier during a
rainstorm.  Tea on board a big steamer.
Then back to the General�s; sitting in front
of his quarters under the piazza, looking
out on the sea, in company with the General,
his wife, the doctor�s wife Halpine and Fes-
senden.  Talk, songs and recitations.  I
sang the �John Brown� song, of which Gen.
Hunter was particularly fond.  Thus, with
intervals of drinking till 10.  Then the party
broke up and we repaired to Halpine�s
quarters, quitting them to retire to our
own.  I was lodged in a front room next
to Fessenden�s; a neat, unpainted wooden
apartment, tall and spacious, with a
blanket bed, but provided with musquito-
curtains.  Turning out in the grey of the
morning to look at the magnificent prospect
of sea and sky, I found the sentinel on
the piazza outside seated on the steps,
with his musket between his knees, fast asleep.
    4.  Friday.  Breakfast with Fessenden
and Stockton.  Loafing.  Diarrhaeah.  Met
Capt. Ike Phillips on the pier.  The day as
described in Tribune letter on page 83.  Stock-
ton and Fessenden off to visit the Wabash,
returning at evening wet through.  Reading               
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