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expressed a general desire to lick all the men about the establishment.  /   Talk of
humors of revenge,  previous to Holmes leaving to have a farewell evening party, Barth
to bring fifer, drummer & trumpeter from the Island, a concert vocal, instrument-
tal and nocturnal, songs with row-de-dow choruses and accompanyments.
Holmes says he ll do it.       Wilkins came, and we three schoolfellows talk to-
gether.  Left at 12, and with Barth to Beekman Street, (to the house where
Alf Waud once put up at;)  we having ascertained that A Mr Guthrie was abiding
there.  But [word crossed out] it proved to be another man ^|and| wherefore I [word 
crossed out] fear we
shan t find out our old schoolmaster.     Wilkins, careless dog! never cared to take
his address.  Somewhere in Beekman Street, that s all.   Speered about to no effect.
Ale together, then saw Barth to the Brooklyn side, & returned to dinner.
Drew all the afternoon.   Evening to Mrs Kidders.   She and Jane Gibson there,
the latter very sick, and soon left for another room.     Talk with Mrs K, she
relating how Lotty was projecting going South, to Georgia, and then out with  friends 
to decide.  Of her nurture and nature, and of Mrs K s early history, self-told.
Wedded at 15, man well to-do, fooled away his money, got low, bad, degraded
tastes, separation, divorce, Mrs K self-maintaining.     Lotty first at school, then un-
der an uncle s guardianship, (the one where Charles Brown visited her;)   then
recently, by her own will returned to her mother. Antagonistic, listened to talk
against her mother by the father s relatives; wanted more money than her mother
could spare her; dress &c, in a word ambitious;   therefore she would go
South.   God knows what feelings there may be between the mother & daughter, but
the anticipated indefinite parting sits lightly enough it would seem. Mrs K talks
about it elaborately to any body. /     Pope came   nothing in him.   Another
came. /     Saw Lotty on leaving, (as I passed down the staircase,) tete a tete
with Pope.  She looked sulky and called me  Sir!  the result of my telling
her last time that she oughn t to lay her head on Mason s lap publicly.
Gave me written out song I d asked for, whereon I gave curt thanks & left.
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and eighty-two
Description:Mentions a conversation with Mrs. Kidder about her history.
Date:1851-09-18
Subject:Barth, William; Boardinghouses; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gibson, Jane (Mason); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Guthrie; Holmes, John B.; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Mason; Pope; Waud, Alfred; Wilkins; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [New York]; Georgia
Coverage (Street):Beekman 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.