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Text for Page 023 [07-13-1853]

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Drawing during the afternoon & till 9. Waud with me. A
walk together to the Battery,  Erford�s subsequently.  Then
parting, he to room & bed,  I to latter & book.
  14.  Thursday.  Down town .   All Broadway astir, folk
margining the side-walks awaiting the approach of President Franklin
Pierce, hither coming to open the Crystal Palace.        Returned
to room, Waud drawing in Swinton�s.      Dillon called, down-stairs
most part of the time.       I saw the procession & President from
my window.      Rain storm set in immediately afterwards.     Dined
at Erfords.      An idle day, did naught, save read and doze.
Since my return from Catskill I�ve been under the influence of ill-
temper.   It always requires a day or so to reconcile you to town life.
I�m ill-tempered, and no more the same mortal that was so happy
every way last week than �.     I feel despondent, irritable &
stupid, inclined to depreciate everything.    All of which is small &
unmanly I know.          /                    Here�s Charley Brown�s
Italian widow come on from Boston, � to become his wife.  Waud
says she�s ugly and distrustful-looking.   He saw her at the boarding-
house table this morning.                                  I�ve just been
out to Erfords, 11 o�clock, met Brown imbibing solitarily
there.  Young Etting came in also.   I walked to Vesey Street
with Brown, then feeling excessively wide-awake, strolled on,
& about New York.        A walk down the length of Church
Street, past midnight.    City live in its viler aspects.     Flaring
lights behind the green blinds at windows, noise of music, of oaths,
of discordant yelling laughter, fat tawdry dressed harlots with
blasphemy on tongue; knots of ill looking fellows loitering before the               
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