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and the tide of faces at its heighth.       I think there s much more
of the picturesque in Broadway, than in any London street.   In
England there s a sort of dull uniformity of attire, both in cut
and color of garments.     Here the women dress so brightly, that
the whole sidewalk is a panorama .   And the men, not all so coarsely
primly shaven, if they have likings autre or otherwise, show it openly
mangre dread of Mrs Grundy.      /            Levison I found lying on
the sofa, alone, his wife & daughter having gone out.  For years he
has suffered from Neuralgia, and scarcely ever hopes to be free from
pain.         I thought of the gay street, and sunlight,   and him lying
here, perchance picturing it.        Talked awhile, showed him blocks, &
left, when the Doctor arrived.         To room and drawing.  Waud, (whom
I met at the Broadway portal, and stood awhile talking with him and
Swinton,) came up; and also coming over from Brooklyn stayed the
evening; reading.               I at Carlyle s essays on Jean Peaul Rich-
ter, and Voltaire.     /                   While standing at the portal
this afternoon Hawkins came out.  Said he was in business, dry goods store,
or something of the kind, in New York.           And Weed came as appointed
at 6, about blocks.
  7. Wednesday.  Welden came.        Drawing, nearly all day.
Hillard came at sunset, and after supping together at Taylor s, we
walked to Metropolitan Hall, Welden having given me tickets for
Jullien s Concert.         It being yet early, we walked on to the house
of Hillard s brother, returning in time for the Concert.   It consisted
mostly of instrumental music.      I believe my appreciation of music is
an imperfect one, for the evening s entertainment partly wearied me.
Triumphant or joyous or soft, sweet delicate music I love, and link
such to un-writable words, but clamor vexes me.   Many con-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six: page two hundred and fourteen
Description:Mentions visiting William Levison, and attending a concert with the Hillard brothers.
Date:1853-12-06
Subject:Books and reading; Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hankins; Hillard, Frank; Hillard, Oliver; Levison, Ellen; Levison, William; Levison, William, Mrs.; Music; Swinton, Alfred; Waud, Alfred; Weed; Welden, Charles; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Six
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's writing and drawing work in New York, a visit to the Catskill Mountains, attending the wedding of his friend Charles Damoreau (Brown), a visit to the Crystal Palace in New York, his friend Lotty's difficult marriage to John Whytal, a sailing trip around Lake Superior, a visit to Mackinac Island in Michigan, a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, and a journey by horseback from Kentucky to Louisiana with friends.
Subject:African Americans; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Native Americans; Publishers and publishing; Slavery; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Michigan; Wisconsin; Ohio; Kentucky; Mississippi; Alabama; Louisiana
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.