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jot of regard or care for them   no more than she would have for her listeners, 
were they not listeners.   Pope, [word crossed out] turning over leaves of Tusso, which I
had brought for Jane Gibson.   [words crossed out].     Presetly
Miss Jane  & Mason returned from a walk   (bye the bye Mason leaves Canal
Street, and has a room here, with Mrs K in future.)   Talk with her awhile
then with Lotty.  Bright eyed, wayward girl, what a fool s world is your lot cast
among,   all hollow natures, and not one to understand you, or love you for what
you really deserve loving for.  As I sat beside her, I could not help talking earnest-
ly to her   with the especial proviso however that I was not in love, or
going to be.  What?  said she  you think I m too much of a fool!   No,  quoth
it;   were I sixteen in stead of progressing for ^|5| and twenty I would be,  as
tis I ve other things to do in the World!  And so I have.     She said she
wanted one  who d love her for herself and nothing else, one who was generous,
would trust her, &c  she didn t care about his being good looking, were he a
gentleman! &c.      [word crossed out], She ll surely find him,   impatiently fritter-
ing away time and familiarity with Bottom, or any number of Bottoms.  I told
her of how I and Charley would lie awake & talk about her, whereat she
said  Mr Gunn, you re very cruel.      And anon, that I was excentric.
[words crossed out].     This was tete a tete, with interruptions.
/ Jane Gibsons a pleasant, frank, wishing to please girl, with a desire of belief
in people.   Tete a tete with her. /   More general talk.     Finally, as I stoop-
ed to light cigar from lamp on the staircase   I heard Mrs Kidder say  He s a 
strange mortal!      [words crossed out]
[line crossed out]
[words crossed out].   /                           Now I think I
can do justice to the Brown family   thus.  1. Unknown sister who has wor-
ked as a sister to bring them all up, well.  One whom I think they honor, and are
jealous of favor with.  Alfred Brown, Albany, know naught about him, save
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and sixty-one
Description:Describes conversations with Lotty and others at Mrs. Kidder's residence.
Date:1851-08-24
Subject:Boardinghouses; Brown, Alfred; Brown, Emma; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gibson, Jane (Mason); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Mason; Pope; Stewart; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal 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.