Two hours afterwards did so, and stayed there till
11, in company with him, his brother Alfred and their
elder sister. She�s a pleasant middle-aged Englishwoman,
with an almost maternal air of care and love for them.
We talked of Australia, National characteristics, Dickens,
Charles Lamb, Napoleon the Big and Little & discursively
on everything, drank whiskey punch; and on the
breaking up of the party I walked through drenching rain
to my cock-loft & straightway to bed.
Charley hath confided to me (as a great secret, that his
marriage with the lady of Italian birth cometh off on February
next, (fitting pairing month!) Sayeth he thinks �twill
proof a fact this time �
�But when he comes, alas! to wife!
Hey! ho! the Wind & Rain!�
8. Wednesday. Down town about noon, to Wells
& Webbs, to Post-Office & to Hammetts & Hawes
offices, severally, leaving portrait of little girl & derogatory-
type at the former. Thence crossed to the Atlantic-
Dock, Brooklyn � a lovely breezy day, and to the
residence of Dunsier�s mother, willing to learn news
of the man. Met him at the door, talked awhile,
he walking to the Ferry with me, and after a tod