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returned.    Wrote awhile in the evening,
then to Mrs Kidders.   Lotty there.
Verily the musty old proverb  No fool
like unto an old one  is true.    Mother
thinks of following the folly of the daughter
going on the Stage.        I never saw such
overweening conceit as is manifest in this
[words crossed out]   I never have perceived in her aught
but the pettiest, shallowest, most trashy apings
at sentiment and feeling.    She s horribly
hollow!     Self ever dominant, and that
too with a pretense at enlarged sympathy,
and intellect most ridiculous to see.   What
does she live for?     Does she know what Ex-
istence is?    What a waking up to some
reality she may hereafter experience.  She
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page forty-two
Description:Comments on Mrs. Kidder.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four
Description:Includes descriptions of looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, boarding house living, visits to Mrs. Kidder and her daughter Lotty, the start of the ''Lantern'' publication and joining the ''Lantern Club,'' attending a ball on Governors Island, attending a lecture by E. H. Chapin, visits to Staten Island, and a visit to Niagara Falls.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, 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.