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[words crossed out] acquaintance, Master Pope had at one
period attempted prussic-acidizing himself,  and all 
for the love of Mary Taylor, the plump and popular
actress, who hath, it seems played fast and loose
with any amount of young Roscuises.     Well, he
looks capable of it, in Faith!   / He apes atheism
too, and [words crossed out]     Mrs Kidder assumes a theological
superiority over him, on the grounds of possesing some sort
of indefinite belief in Deity and Bliss hereafter;  
because forsooth, a being of her intellect &c &c
deserved it.     Amusingly impious.  /         Evening, drawing
over night and writing till late.     Some dozen or so
of small cuts, rebusses and comicalities.  Bed by 1.
   16.  Sunday.  Drawing and writing till 2, then
having dined off down town.   The Traveler office clo-
sed so left my cargo of wood-blocks at Dunlaps over
the way for Holbrook in the morning, and crossed the
South Ferry to Brooklyn, found Long, and was rowed
across to Governors Island .  A chill wintry sunset,
great slate colored clouds all above, till a strait line
of hot dusky-hued yellow ended them, throwing out
trees and buildings on the island in strong relief.  A
breeze blowing, and the waves worrying about with no-
torious clamor.     Landing, and wrapping my new $17
coat about me, (obtained per order, in return for that
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Three: page twenty-two
Description:Comments on Pope and Mrs. Kidder.
Date:1851-11-15
Subject:Clothing and dress; Drawing; Dunlap; Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Holbrook; Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Pope; Taylor, Mary
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Brooklyn, [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.