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Text for Page 085 [12-04-1862]

            Hamilton, Architect, Artist
speaks in friendly sort of him.     Of Hamil-
ton I have written not unfrequently during
the last five or six years.       An eager, ac-
quisitive, friendly, soapy person, with an ear-
nest vivacious manner, not unkindly nor
at all unlikeable, anxious to distinguish him-
self and spurred by his family responsibili-
ties into rather unwise and injudicious at-
tempts to �go in for good things� so that he
appeared almost ludicrously greedy at times
and got laughed at.        Bellew always spoke
highly of him and he, in turn, soaped Bellew
to an extraordinary extent, which the artist
liked though perhaps he saw through it.
Hamilton had been an architect in London,
came to America, poor enough, with a family,
went to Panama, alone, during the early
California times, returned to practise his
profession in Cincinatti (where he had known
Rosecrans) and boasted that he had revolution-
ized the business in the thriving, coarse, ma-
terial city, but introducing the English
system of the architect getting a per-centage
on the cost of the building designed.  He told
me some amusing stories of his Cincinatti
experiences.   Bellew had made his acquain-
tance there during the flight of the former
from New York, with the woman who is               
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