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the announcement  Gertrude, (with Songs,)  Miss Deforrest. 
    /   Playing at the lowest theatre in New York  
to b hoys, newspaper imps & harlots,   the unwashed
democracy!       I can fancy the wilful little things
career, yearning for the excitement she loathes when
gained, full of resentful importance, passions, spites
& littlenesses .      Yet what magic is there in a pair
of bright eyes & a sweet voice   I know she is, and
always was a thorough little snob, yet I like to think
of her when she opened the door to myself and Charley
Brown, the first time I saw her; and of her
sitting beside me at Burton s./       I have always
been great at finding mare s nests all my life.
         I wonder whether there ever hath lived woman like
to the  Lady Geraldine  of   Elizabeth Barrett Browning?
What a divine-thoughted woman must its authoress be!
 14.  Tuesday.        A letter from home, con-
taining one from Boutcher, in Italy.  Pleasant
times has he,   I envy him horribly.   /
Down town during the afternoon,  Picayune &
Lantern Offices,  Post Office & Mr Hammetts
place in Broad Street.         Return, to room, &
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and five
Description:Comments on Lotty Kidder.
Date:1852-12-13
Subject:Actors; Books and reading; Boutcher, William; Browning, Elizabeth Barrett; Damoreau, Charles (Brown); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hammett; Theater; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, [New York]; Italy
Coverage (Street):Broad Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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.