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regards you intently, an almost [word crossed out] ^|distrustful| look of keenness and 
desire of seeing what
you really are.     [words crossed out]. A fair-face should be more tranquil and 
happiness
giving. She has no full flow of girlish spirits, and controls her self.   Told
me however with [word crossed out] quiet emphasis how Charley Brown had said he 
didn t think
she could Love.   She s [word crossed out] severe in judging Lotty s wilfulness; perhaps 
natural 
for a woman to be so.    But then, is it marvel, when the girl has been  so
carelessly tended.                Left about 11, a few minutes after the two masculines;
making a successful, that is to say not a dull good night.
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This girl has beauty, and concentrated common-sense,   that s a hard quality for a 
woman.   I know no more of her, as yet.     I think not of her loveliness of
form sensually, yet by the Aphrodite of Homer, what a moment to clasp her
in mine arms and feel her queen-like beauty glow with love and returned
transport.     But that way   (ever passion of the senses lies; though I might
fall and succumb to it  I know that no pure lasting love can flow from it
alone; such should follow, not lead the soul.  Does she   can she imagine such
a moment I wonder?  /    M B. The same initials   Oh, Never
will you be mine Mary, but I think that never again can face so flash
thought and emotion into my heart, as did yours, long time ago.  You were
never what I believed and are less so now, than ever, yet how pleasant was that
belief. /                       Walking to the Ferry, met Watts, keeper of the Nassau
Street book store & imbibed with him.
  26. Saturday.   Holmes wanting me, at his office all day, putting
in landscape to survey.       Evening, intended crossing to New York to inquire at
boarding-house, but time waning, deserted my intent, so I went to Davis s.
Found him & a going Irish carpenter with some score pieces of meat, as on the 
morrow a great Christening party was to be given to some thirty Irish friends
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and forty-six
Description:Gives his thoughts on Miss Brown.
Date:1851-07-25
Subject:Bilton, Mary; Boardinghouses; Brown, Margaret; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Davis; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holmes, John B.; Irish; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Nagle, James P. (Watt); Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; [Brooklyn, New York]
Coverage (Street):Nassau Street
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.