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his capless condition.  Finally after supper he comes himself, sees me,
but not Alf, but obtaineth not the cap, and has to borrow Mac s dingy oil-skin
on to return home, being thus out-fooled.        /      Mr Hart and Dillon called.
Left them in Broadway, and went to Franklin Street, calling on Mrs Kidder s 
Charley s  mother  that will not be,   Lotty  come in shortly, and a good temper-
ed en bon pant Jane Gibson, with whom I sat talking till past ten. Mrs
Kidder [words crossed out] talkative sans limit, and [word crossed out] ^|I| being a good 
listener the
time passed well ^|enow.|   Charley s letter s or part read to me. He has not written 
for a fortnight, and there are more than indications that their  loving voyage is
but for two months victualled.   She is  perfectly indifferent.   He addressed two
letters to  Mrs Charles Brown    she replied that would he send the address of
that lady she would forward them to her, also bidding him not put all the senti-
ment outside the letter, he having been plentiful in sealing wax affection-drops.
They know him thoroughly, of his debts, and proneness to play first fiddle. The
Ego of his letters was prominent, nor were they true letters. He woed the daugh-
ter through the mother.  Had he been as careful to make her love him, as to
shine, she ^|might have been taught to.| [words crossed out].    A shrewd little creature is 
she, and
feminine hearted, says she won t wed till she s one and twenty, as she don t
want to make a fool of herself;   don t like being  buttered , and laughed
furiously in narrating that Fogg had said of her nose  he d never seen such a one
in his life    Says that Alf Waud flattered her and she don t like him.  Spake
earnestly to me, though with a  pretty wilfulness.     Accident and absence will
sever them,   unwise Charley! [words crossed out] ^|Will you| meet a prize to match
this little, black eyed, wild haired, earnest faced, impulsive, merry hearted girl.
  Nor will she know the value of her own hear till Sorrow has taught her
the worth of it.         /          Played cavalier to Miss Gibson for the space of
a few blocks, on leaving, and then to Canal Street home,
  2. Wednesday.  Office all the dull drizzling, splashing wet day.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page seventy-one
Description:Describes a visit to Mrs. Kidder and her daughter Lotty.
Subject:April Fools' Day; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Fogg; Gibson, Jane (Mason); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Mac Namara; Mapother, Dillon; Practical jokes; Waud, Alfred; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway; Canal Street; Franklin Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.