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beleives nothing   save a frightful egotistic
fancy that hereafter must be happy for her,
as she deserves it.          It s no liking for
social pleasure that bids her summon visitors
round her   sheer vanity.    She ll talk
one dead.   She ll tell the same incident in
the same words fifty times.   She ll utter
the tritest trash with the air of inspiration.
She loves nobody in the world.  Were her
daughter to die tomorrow she d play solemnity
with the best effect, and derive an importance
and pleasure from it.      She s full of
spites and infinitesimal hates.  
Her vanity can never forgive.    She will
compare herself with Lady Macbeth or Gulnare
and see no absurdity in it  
I wonder what my Mother would think
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page forty-three
Description:Comments on Mrs. Kidder.
Subject:Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; 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.