Diary: James P. Stabler, 1827 (Volume 1)

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the impulse to speak, as our Uncle E might have observed the day we dined together at W Hicks, in NY was but the prelude to a series of action, if not always appropriate to the subject intended to be enforced by its use, was not without a share of amusement to the spectator — Such a character as he is, may be reckened quite an acquisition in a situation like ours, so long as the exercise of those talents are preserved within the bounds of moderation — When he speaks there is generally attention and a smile is almost as sure to follow, as sound from the aerial electric spark — But I wish not to "dwell" as the people of Sonoros the cryers say, too long on our subject — My friend (for I believe he is such) IHClark the Amn Consul to Lubec comes in for a short tribute of Biographical respect. With an exteriom not very [prepossing] nor [man?] of the most pleasg cast, he has elicited my personal respect by a gentlemanly deportment

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and a fund of sincerity which he appears to possess, in spite of a most abominable habit of "polite swearing" which a great number of our shipmates indulge in, to the no small discomfiture of my good pleasure and wishes —

He is a Bostonian and one of your church going unitarian Episcopalians – who subscribes and submits to church professions and usages from respect to society at large more than from a conviction of their being production of much good to the individuals compared with the practice of the various virtues, known as such by the universal impress of right & wrong upon the human mind – in short that the nearer we approach towards practicing the benevolence and impartial kindness of the Deity [us?ard/(a)nsward], – to our fellow creatures, the nearer we come towards being really religious – notwithstanding the "d---d fuss you " make about believing one nonsence " or other, because other

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people say you must" — and thus by giving a prominent trait or two in the character you may "imagine" the rest and from an Idea near eno to answer the needful purpose - to wit according to Cousin Will's request as well as some others to inform you "something" about what kind of a passage, passengers &c we have had — E Harris comes next in order, whose visit is to the English watering places for the benefit of his own & wife's health _ He is a young man say my own age (tho I have not heard of his being taken for "about 20" as I have been till yesterday by one of our company) _ A man of fortune education and pleasing manners – and comes the nearest of any one on board to my own grave-like turn of mind and sober mood. with him I can talk philosoply discourse upon the arts – artists sciences _ &c&c as much as I please, and find instruction as well as amusement. He is quite a genius in the drawing line, and

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some of us quite by surprise the other day – in penciling a portrait of a little fellow James Vance about 2 years old so accurately that even his little brother knew it the inst he saw it – He does not mix a great deal with the company, and is entirely free from the nonsensical clock that has found favour in the eyes of some others on board. Reserved, without the least shew of Hauteur, and distant without disdain or assumption of superiority in purse or mind, which is more that every one can say — For instance a young college bred son of the South Geo Hamilton who, perhaps with less ground to boast, can without much violation of his own esteem place himself far above some of us pigmy-fied northerners — A string stretched too far will break, and - perhaps the less I say the better without I had a better subject than that of tale hearing & detraction — X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

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— Langsdon, one of our "fourth of July" englishman _ a cool calculating [{shorthand}] rather reserved, but sufficiently free for my use in conversation _ a man of sense and but for the unfortunate mishap four days ago, I should have thought pretty well of him hereafter – But then, he was the rarest fool I have seen this [{shorthand}] When sober however he is rather an agreeable companion than other wise, tho not remarkably taking. His associate in the sprey [ed. spree] of the 4th, R Wilson is a lively pleasant jolly old blade a true son of merry Johnny bull, who loves wine and jokes better than I do pudding — He has much of the milk of human kindness in his heart, and during the rebellion of champagne against his reason he was unlike some others (ie) with out a particle of venom, or gall in his composition. — His good humour rose with the fumes of the wine – and the next day

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