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Pope having broken the shins of his shallow soul against some of the first
stumbling blocks in the way of belief.  Nothing-arian.  Saw no reason for
crediting deity or futurity  (though of course he believed in the former  
what a belief sure!)  as he couldn t understand it.  Negatived the
existence of the sun because he could nt see the mechanism by which it was
wound up.  And profoundly considered himself a thinker because he had
advanced to Negation.     Shallow Master Pope!  /     Talk of Letters from
and for Lotty. She finding all things strange about her, talking of
masculines deserving an introduction, a concert &c.  How Mason hath
written a comic letter, narrating the imagined effects of her departure on
admirers, that Pope had earnestly supplicated for a supply of prussic acid from
the store, that another hearing Lotty s name inadvertantly mentioned at the
dinner table had burst into tears & rushed from the room; that another
had, attired but partially, mysteriously wandered forth at night, and being
followed by him, (Mason),  had on being questioned as to whitherwards
had frantically answered  Georgia!  Lotty!  The Devil!  and on his con-
dition being represented to him, meekly taken refuge in the station
house!/     Quaint little dog!           /         Walked with Barth to the
[Solenth?] Ferry, he, as I had expected partially admiring Mrs K s
talk; taking the false metal for the true.   [words crossed out]
[words crossed out].                                   /   A letter from Gleason
in reply to the  Crawford  one, fat vulgar handwriting and tautology.
 You blame me when I am not to blame. I would sooner have cut off my
hand than have published that Sonnet!   Unfortuate ass!
  6. Monday. Wrote to Mr Hart, to Alf Waud and to knave
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Three: page three
Description:Describes a humorous letter sent to Lotty Kidder from Mason.
Date:1851-10-05
Subject:Barth, William; Gleason; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Mason; Pope; Practical jokes; Waud, Alfred
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Three
Description:Includes descriptions of looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, visits to Mrs. Kidder and her daughter Lotty, boarding house living, theater acquaintances, and Lajos Kossuth's visit to New York.
Subject:Actors; Boardinghouses; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; 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.