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letter-press matter description, the which he desireth me to furnish.   To the Battery,
and there a tranquil walk, as the setting sun cast long deep shades over the trash
bright greensward; the river smoothe and lakelike,  and a rippleless sky as company.
Meditatively and projectfully happy awhile.     Supper over; to Mrs Kidders, where
I found mother & daughter with a [word crossed out], bearded & moustached, Anglo 
West Indian yclept Cooper; and ere long Pope came. Lotty played and sang
to us sans ceasing for a good hour.  She has a voice sweet and rich in lower
notes, of poorer, but ill regulated, in the upper.  But the song and face of the 
singer, in memory cannot be separated, her eyes light up, her cheek glows, and
smiles, and she feels and enjoys so intensely; one admires her till the heart aches
with sympathy and interest.     She sang, to my asking old songs over again, with rich
buoyant downright will to please withal.   I told her that did she have a husband
splenetic or angered, to bid him sit beside her & sing to him.  Ah! Little
kens she there be many when the domestic devil will not quiet for her sweet smile
and voice!     I marvel how can she be so impulsive & natural, within such
 home .   Such queer na ve things does she   in mid of song,  Come sit thee
down my bonny, bonny lass    to wit, when at a part anent
					   The daring far
				Clings to the shattered mast!  
Up she leapt, with an exclamation, clapped her two palms together and smashed
an attentive musquito, to our overwhelming astonishment & laughter.     Finally
out she went, accompanying the Stewart, who had called during the singing.
We talk awhile with Mrs K, then adjourn, meeting Lotty & her, for the present,
cavalier, again, on their return; and to a Billiard Saloon, where Pope & Cooper
play, and where I left the.     All the even had Mason been there, in an
inner room, with Jane Gibson for company.
  28. Thursday.  To Peck Ship, where after an hours waiting came Mr
Mansfield, (till yesterday a fellow boarder here,)   and with whom I had agreed
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and sixty-four
Description:Describes listening to Lotty sing at Mrs. Kidder's residence.
Subject:Cooper; Gibson, Jane (Mason); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Mansfield; Mason; Piano performance; Pope; Songs; Stewart; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
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.