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Text for Page 029 [07-24-1853]

I as witnesses.   Then we moved down the church to the altar,
they took places, I stood behind, and the others around; & the
ceremony was proceeded with.      There were some few lookers on in
an adjacent pew,  doors and windows were open, and the green trees
& sunlight rested outside.         Damoreau went through it well,
audible responses &c.    And so did the lady, albeit somewhat rigidly.
I put her hand into the clergy�mans, (who read the service well,) &
very soon �twas over.    Back to the Vestry, autographs &c again,
minister feed, hands shaking & congratulations &c.   They rolled back
in carriage, Mr Hart & Dillon went off to Jersey City, & Waud
& Yatman, (after Damoreau) to supper, & Vesey Street.       I went
to Erford�s and had a quiet, thoughtful tea, then to room.
In Swinton�s room, with Waud & Yatman, and having waited some
time for Mr Hart;  all there to Chapin�s Church together. It
was hot & close, but worth enduring for the noble sermon.   The subject
Real Character & reputation.     Of the true face which under-
lies the mask worn by all, the real Self.           Much of it re-
minded me of Emerson, and of the story he tells how a certain
individual got every one into correct relations with him, by speaking
to them, as he thought of them, � a startling experiment.        I
think, albeit getting a true estimate of one�s self is about as
difficult a thing as may be, most men with brains know much
more of themselves than they�d like to vouchsafe for the world�s
benefit.      T�would be a strange thing to do, taking a sheet
of paper and putting down the darker sides of your own nature.
So much of Vanity, this act, (which it is might easy to put
down to a fine purpose)  love of shining; � this Lust, � this               
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