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Canal Street; got newspaper and sat awhile with Homer Hall and
his wife, then to Franklin Street and Mrs Kidders.   There I found
Mason, Miss Jane Gibson, a male visitor whose name dwelleth not in my
memory and a girl English-born, of whom more anon.   Talk, as wont,
first of the topics of the day;   Jenny Lind, and the new costume for ladies
a la Turque.  [words crossed out]
[line crossed out]
[word crossed out].     From thence to the rights of women, and notions of propriety, 
conventional, or founded on just notions of female character.  I think there s [word 
crossed out]
[word crossed out] justice in some of these complaints. Women don t want to handle the 
or assume priviledge of stump oratory, but tis hard that if desirous of attending
concert or theatre she must risk caste and character by going alone, or ask, or inveigle
some male biped to accompany her, whom curtain also condemns if he do not pay for
both whether able so to do or not.   It works ill, both ways;   false chivalry in spak-
ing of and treating women is too common.       Individual irksome departing, and Mason
esquiring Miss Gibson on her way home; a  General  called who like General Fladdock
in Chuzzlewit had just returned from England, though with favourable impressions;
he addressing his converse to Mrs K, I did the same to the lady English born;
[words crossed out].  Dark haired
dark-eyed, tall in figure, possessing a positively beautiful bust: (when standing,
shoulders well back, (not too common a case with women) and head erect, she
was ^|almost handsome| [words crossed out].   She was dressed in white,
arms bare, hands small,   (arms also   I know not whether this be a beauty,
yet hers were delicately rounded, and fair skinned. )   With this  Miss Brown 
(I wonder what her christian name is. x [words crossed out] x )   I sate, and talked
a good hour and half or more, ending only when past midnight.     We talked
of female Character, of  Lotty , of nationality, of [word crossed out] England   (she
had quitted in fourteen years ago, then at the age of eight,) of Phrenology,
	x Margaret, a name of which the pleasantest association & from Chaucer s daisy.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and twelve
Description:Describes a visit to Mrs. Kidder and meeting Miss Brown there.
Subject:Brown, Margaret; Gibson, Jane (Mason); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Homer; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Lind, Jenny; Mason; Phrenology; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):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.