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a substitute for his sister   & then that his mother should;
for both of which suggestions he was indignantly snubbed by
her,   albeit she twice repeated  she should go out some-
where that evening!    It being expected Lotty would return
soon   I stayed tea, which was got through in true boarding-
house style, Mrs K leading off with, to the attendant hand-
maiden,  There put some more water in this tea-pot,   its
too strong for me to drink it, I m sure!      It was
respectable tea.    Few persons present, Dod junior & some
four others, an elderly proser at the end of the table.
Mason & wife appeared towards the close of the repast.
But before then, Lotty had returned.    Did you get my
note?   No!    Did you take seats?    Yes!    Then
we ll go!      And go we did, her mother refusing to 
lend Lott a fan, out of pique.                 It was half past
7 by the time we got to Chamber Street & the play
had progressed half way through the first Act.    But the
seats were secure & front ones too.           So establishing
ourselves, the play went on.
  I don t know that I ever enjoyed a play more.   To
have this little girl beside me, to touch her
hand, her arm,  to have that jetty maze of curls
brush my face as sometimes it would, 
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page forty-eight
Description:Describes attending the play ''David Copperfield'' with Lotty.
Date:1852-09-22
Subject:Boardinghouses; Dodd; Gibson, Jane (Mason); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Kidder, Charlotte (Whytal, Granville); Kidder, Rebecca (Morse); Kidder, Will; Mason; Theater; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Chamber Street
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, witnessing a fire at a chocolate factory, attending a religious camp meeting, his friendship with Lotty Whytal, the 1852 presidential election, a visit to Niagara Falls in the winter, a visit to Toronto, Canada, and the Crystal Palace in New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.