Return of Howell.
of Charleston, S. C. which he was incli-
ned to believe. Out to breakfast, then to
the Delta Office. Tracy there and Col.
Brown, one of the late editors (who had
been to Charleston, probably with Ben. But-
ler, during the time of the convention) with
whom I talked awhile, then went back
to the rotunda. With Schell to the City Hotel,
and again to the Delta Office. Returning
to the rotunda we met Harris and drank
with him, being earnestly [word crossed out] invited to
visit his wife and house this evening.
Enter Howell from Baton Rouge. When
he went thither he found that our faithful
contrabands had turned our quarters
into a negro-boarding house. William,
Hills� negro had modestly suggested that
Howell had better [word crossed out] purchase a new supply
of crockery, as probably he wouldn�t like
to use those appropriated by �dem niggers.�
Howell, returning, had accompanied an
expedition to Plaquemine under Col. Paine.
Hamilton, Hayes, Schell and A. G. were
all present to welcome Howell. This after-
noon I was accosted by Longacre, formerly
engraver to the Picayune in Bob Gun�s time;
he was here in some position, connected, I
[think] with the [word crossed out] army. We �sold� Howell