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out with some sentence ^|to him| about as pleasant to receive as would a slap of the face
be.   [words crossed out].       				He came from his
side of the room, and sat down a little distance from us, and talked a little, 
[words crossed out].  He, ([words crossed out]) was a [word crossed out] specimen of
the class we had been descanting on, and she conveyed as much to me both by
words & looks.  Presently she crossed to the other side of the room, intimating
that the shadow obscured my face, and on my following told me that she
liked to look at those with whom she was conversing, to  have the enemy face to
face.     Meantime  Lotty  who had, [word crossed out] a sore throat, was rolling about
on the sofa, flirting with and petting a man, I should say of twice her age;
a very Titania & Bottom scene.     The bright-eyed spirituelle wilful little creature
is regularly going to the devil for want of some body to tame her.  She acts for
effect, numskulls pet her, she s betrayed into rudeness, and little insolences, and
altogether I m heartily sorry for the little chance of happiness she ll have in the future.
I told her somebody must very nearly break her heart ere she d find out she had
one   that if any one loved her dearly, of all things in the world he shouldn t
tell her of it.  This she resented, but seemed touched by the implication for
a second.  Her mother said it was true, and enjoyed the remark. [words crossed out]
and  Bottom  said it was true also.   It was atrocious to see that fellow
[words crossed out] 			bending over her head, while she swayed
about, her pretty foot and white satin boot glancing here and there with fitful wilful-
ness.   Mrs Kidder talked of course, [words crossed out]. Occasionally thered
be a general subject afloat, now the stream of converse would flow smoothly
on, now linger in corners and eddys.   I and Miss Brown  conversing quietly.
She told me that she was about to go to another boarding-house,  there was a 
room to let such as I wanted. Should she have me as a neighbour?   Again
on my jestingly hinting she had not forgiven my waking her,  had I found her
so dull in companionship?     There is, looking close into her face, when she
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and forty-five
Description:Regarding a conversation with Miss Brown and others at Mrs. Kidder's residence.
Date:1851-07-25
Subject:Boardinghouses; Brown, Margaret; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Pope; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.