Weldon called for �Bleak House�.
15. Tuesday. In doors all day, never a soul
calling till evening, when came Brightly and Brown;
and it being my seven-and-twentieth birthday, I must even go
to the Shades, there to drink and talk till midnight.
16. Wednesday. Rain all day long. Writing, in-doors.
17. Thursday. Writing & drawing. Brown came at
6 in the evening, and after he had decorated himself at his
boarding-house, (whither Alf Waud now resides, and whither I
intend to;) � off by the Cars up town to Lamartine or
Lafayette place; � a stylish private house, where the migratory
Amusement & Intellectual-Marriage-Accelerating Society is
this night held. Two handsome rooms, rival artificial dog-stars
therein, in the shape of huge fires; girls about and men.
The minutes of last week &c read over with due mystery &
closed doors, the company mixed. A Scene from Howard
Payne �s �Brutus � read, � dismal. A tepid see-saw
rhyming Indian Legend read. Charley recites �the Song
of the Shirt,� well. Another dreary business read. I
sell �em all by reciting Doctor Johnsons �Hermit hoar�, the
conclusion of which produced a roar. Alfred Brown essays to
read Milton, does it wretchedly, girls talk and one laughs.
He waxes irate and sulks all the evening, after venting a