Left at midnight or thereabouts.
23. Wednesday. Writing till 4. P.M.. Then down
town. Arnold up in Haney�s room at night.
24. Thursday. Called at Greene Street to learn whether
a letter I left, from Boston, contained any news worth having.
Found Mrs Sexton and Selina. Alf just able to rub along �
that�s all. To Leslie�s with article. Sol and Doesticks
there. The Pic Office &c. Returned up town. Sol and
Wood looked in. Called in at Edwards�at night.
25. Friday. Found a silver pen-and-pencil-case and
gold pen, and a neckerchief on my table, neatly enveloped,
as gifts from �an obliged friend.�(Mrs Church.) Down
town to the Astor, where I had promised overnight, to call
on a Mr Serrell, who wished to accompany me to Parton�s. He
was busy so I went alone. Stayed till 5: folks a little used up,
from an over-night�s childs party. Turned out then and
walked to Thomson�s on my way back, to deliver a note from
Parton. It was a cold, dull day, overcast with to-morrow�s
snow, not a ray of sunlight from early morning, and the
wind blowing searchingly down the streets. I thought of
many past Christmas days and of my look out in life ��
�Doesticks� came up from his dinner in a gorgeous red dres-
sing gown; wanted me to join his family. I took the cars,
crossed the ferry and took omnibus to the Edwards�. Cahill,
Haney and all the folks there. Kind folks, but, with me,
a slow evening.
26. Saturday. Snowing steadily and slowly all day. In-
doors. Going out for my morning�s paper met Wood who spoke
of Sol Eytinge, declaring it his opinin that Sol was �most