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[word crossed out]!   But I fear   [word crossed out]     Already dost thou feel the 
hollowness of those
about thee, and turneth from one face to another and never, in half despairing 
hope of some reality. Sayest then, at thy young age, that thou believest not in the
truth and constancy and faith of men   well mayest thou think it.   Oh what
asses environ thee!  [words crossed out] Excellent asses many of them   but Asses!
Cooper is a good-tempered generous fellow   but ass, I m sure. [word crossed 
out]
[words crossed out]   [words crossed out]. Pope [words crossed out],
plays well at billiards;   but could he love thee as thou dost deserve to be
loved?     And Stewart   and God knoweth who beside!     When wilt thou
find among them with brains enough to understand thee. Not one!     And I
do suppose that all thy ^|better| [words crossed out] nature will never
be developed, and some common place dog win thee to wife after all.  The
pity of it   the pity of it Horatio!    /     Could I select a mortal
worthy of her, what should he be?     Why, a frank, noble, unsophisticated
nature, one who d love her with his whole heart; and fresh to the world with
its back sounds and sights.  And he   wouldn t win her. He d be
too much in earnest, and his delicacy of feeling would revolt from these offering
grosser incense, around her.       Well, [words crossed out] bright eyed Lotty!  
albeit, I know, perfectly well, you think me [word crossed out] carper, [words crossed 
out]
[words crossed out] I could forgive you much more than that.   What
matters it what you think of me   I know what you are, and admire
you more than the whole crowd of them, and yet am not in love with you.
  31. Sunday. To the Battery in company with Wilhelm Meister. Met
Watts, and with him.  Book talk for an hour, then he left.   Reading
under the trees shade.   Afternoon Royal called, with a little daughter.  I
like the man, he s a Christian.     Out with him, & parting on Grand
Street,  I went to Mr Greatbatchs.   Supped there, and subsequently
to the Battery with Joe.     How on earth is it he can t say or think
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and sixty-nine
Description:Comments on the kind of man he wishes for Lotty Kidder.
Date:1851-08-30
Subject:Books and reading; Cooper; Greatbatch, Joseph; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Nagle, James P. (Watt); Pope; Royal, Frank; Stewart; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Grand 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.