In the Gulf of Mexico.
I think Chancellor � during the prevalence of
that organized foolery and obscenity, which num-
bered among its numerous victims Mort Thomson
Haney and Boweryem, as I had known before.
Boweryem had been �initiated� in Hills� presence,
and I heard all about it, and about the mock
duel in which my little friend was victimized,
at the Phalanx. Hills had been Jack Arnold�s
second on that absurd occasion. Story about
the celebration of the 4th of July on Long Island,
in which Addey was burlesqued, and others.
Up till 11. A wind-up in the Texan cabin,
11. Thursday. A lovely morning, shoal
after shoal of flying-fish accompanying our
progress. Passed the Arago, in the distance
� a big steamer. We pass the Tortugas by
1. A. M. Reading �Orley Farm.� Scribbling.
Lunch with Shaw, the two Hamiltons, and
Judge Peabody. On deck: sultry. Loafing,
scribbling, reading. Scribbling during the
evening in the saloon, with Hamilton emulating
me. Vessel creaking, officers played cards.
Finished a letter to Charley.
12. Friday. In the Gulf of Mexico. Still,
warm, sunny weather. Reading in a desultory
manner, loafing, smoking and general intimacy.
With Burt, Capt. Herbert and Gen. Hamilton.