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Friday, February 6, 1891

     5:15 P.M. To W.'s on my way home—spent a good half an hour. On the bed in a piece of his orange paper, inscribed, was the Kennedy proof. "I have added a few sentences—that is all: your man will easily see that they get to the right spot." W. went on: "I have written my wish on the top of the leaf—they will understand. And now," putting his hand in his pocket, "I want to give that fellow some money—yes"—thinking I was about to protest, but I was not— "yes, I insist on it, he deserves it," giving me then a silver dollar. Did he wish to see another proof? "No, you have a first-rate man there—I see that." I had precipitated discussion of the book by asking, "And now your copy is nearly ready?" W. said, "Yes, almost, I am putting in final touches," etc. I put in: "Listen to my guess: I guess the book will come from 60 to 75 pages." He smiled. "I shouldn't wonder—that is exactly my guess." He referred to the Sarrazin-Ingersoll pieces he had thought to put along. I said instantly: "No, no, I am opposed to that—have the volume all your own—print the others in a volume: let us edit such a volume." Responded: "I see—I see—and I am not sure but I am of your mind myself. There was a protest in me from the first—latent—even strong. The whole thing—that part of it—is nebulous, uncertain. I am glad you spoke out." We would do the work at Ferguson's. "The whole thing—even try the printing again—though in a pocket edition they scarified us." I spoke of Myrick. "Yes—I would like him, I know—his work was always of the best order." How many pages of poems? "I suppose about 15," he responded. How soon would copy be ready? "In about two weeks." I would go in and have a talk with Ferguson. He thought "that a good plan—to sort of pave the way," etc. Gave me a letter from Bucke, expressing his "rejoicing" that "Doctor has so well mastered the overthrow," but saying: "It is not surprising, all the foundations of the man are set in temperance and

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health."
Showed him letter from Baker. W. noted that Baker wrote his letters only on one side of the sheet as he did. "It is curious how the independent fellows gravitate to freedom." Interested to know what Ingersoll was to speak about in New York in March.


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